Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

machination

Definition:(noun) A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end.
Synonyms:intrigue
Usage: During his early youth he had to contend against the machinations of a malignant uncle, who would have robbed him of his large possessions.
Article of the Day

The House of Esterházy

The House of Esterházy was a Hungarian noble family that rose to prominence in the Middle Ages and had, by the 18th century, acquired the most land of any family in the Habsburg Empire and accumulated more wealth than the emperor himself. Esterházys held important governmental, ecclesiastical, diplomatic, and military posts in Hungary well into the 20th century. One of the most generous art patrons of all time, Nikolaus Joseph Esterházy built Esterházy palace and supported what famous composer? More...
This Day in History

Émile Zola Is Put on Trial for Publishing "J'Accuse" (1898)

A Jewish officer in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus was falsely convicted of treason in 1894. When officers discovered that the evidence against Dreyfus was false—and that he was most likely a victim of anti-Semitism—they covered it up. Writer Émile Zola exposed the scandal by publishing in a newspaper an open letter titled "J'accuse." Zola was tried and convicted of criminal libel but fled the country, which was divided by the scandal. What happened to Dreyfus and Zola? More...
Today's Birthday

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder (1867)

Wilder was the American author of a classic series of children's books based on her childhood. Born in Wisconsin after the Civil War, she traveled with her pioneer family throughout the Midwest by covered wagon for years before settling in the Dakota Territory. As a farmer and mother she struggled for years. Her first novel, Little House in the Big Woods was not published until 1932, when she was 65. How many of her books, which spawned a popular TV show, were published after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives—of approving of some and disapproving of others.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

hunt where the ducks are

To pursue or look for one's objectives, results, or goals in the place where one is most likely to find them. More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Independence Day (2017)

This is a national holiday commemorating Grenada's independence from Britain on this day in 1974. Britain had held the island since the 18th century, when France ceded it under the Treaty of Paris. More...
In the News

Eruptions Caused Little Ice Age

Scientists say that a series of volcanic eruptions in the tropics in the late 13th century brought about the Little Ice Age, a period of several hundred years during which mountain glaciers expanded and global temperatures dropped. Carbon dating of plants trapped in icecaps in Canada and Iceland and analysis of sediment in an Icelandic glacier revealed that there were likely four large volcanic eruptions beginning in 1256 and that cooling began at around that same time. Though the particles released by volcanic eruptions generally only cool the planet for a few years, the resultant growth of ice sheets and glaciers around the Arctic Ocean extended the cold period for centuries. More...
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