Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

neonate

Definition:(noun) A newborn infant, especially one less than four weeks old.
Synonyms:newborn
Usage: The doctor examined the writhing neonate with great care but with a seeming coldness that bothered the baby's mother.
Article of the Day

The Phoenix Program

Coordinated with South Vietnam's security network during the Vietnam War, the Phoenix Program was a military and intelligence program designed by the US Central Intelligence Agency to "neutralize"—via capture or assassination—the insurgency's civilian support infrastructure, which included between 70,000 and 100,000 civilians in 1967. Although some saw it as a success, the program is widely criticized as an "assassination campaign." How many people were "neutralized" during the program? More...
This Day in History

The Yom Kippur War Begins (1973)

Tensions between Israel and the surrounding Arab states have existed since the establishment of the former in 1948 and have come to a head in several armed conflicts over the years. In 1973, on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur—which fell during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan—Egyptian troops attacked Israel across the Suez Canal while Syrian forces advanced from the north. Though caught off guard, Israel managed to repel the attacks. Why might attacking on this day have been a tactical mistake? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick VII of Denmark (1808)

The last absolute monarch of Denmark, if only for the first year of his reign, Frederick VII faced popular demonstrations calling for political reforms almost as soon as he ascended the throne. He acceded to many of the demands, appointing a liberal ministry, renouncing absolute rule, and adopting a representative government, but he rejected a proposal to cede a portion of Schleswig to Prussia. His position on this issue eventually led to war with Prussia. What was the popular king's motto? More...
Quotation of the Day
The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of men is great.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Red Flannel Festival (2018)

Held in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the Red Flannel Festival has its share of distinctive traditions. Scheer's Lumberjack Show features demonstrations by real lumberjacks who chop wood, speed-climb trees, and throw axes. The Keystope Kops, the icon of the festival, circulate the crowd to "arrest" offenders who do not wear red. Other festivities include a Prince and Princess Contest, a grand parade, and a window decorating contest. Two other established traditions, the Horseshow Throwing Contest and the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant, date back to the inaugural festival. More...
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