Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 23, 2014)
Word of the Day

fragrancy

Definition:(noun) A pleasingly sweet olfactory property.
Synonyms:redolence, bouquet, sweetness
Usage: The fragrancy of her perfume seemed to attract every man in the room, drawing them to her like flies to honey.
Article of the Day

Maimonides

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, commonly known by his Greek name Maimonides, was a Jewish rabbi, physician and philosopher. Maimonides was by far the most influential figure in medieval Jewish philosophy. Maimonides composed both works of Jewish scholarship and medical texts. What are Maimonides' 13 principles of faith? More...
This Day in History

Benito Mussolini Founds the Fasci di Combattimento (1919)

In the troubled period following WWI, Mussolini organized his followers, mostly veterans, into a paramilitary organization that promoted aggressive nationalism and violently opposed communism and socialism. Amid strikes, unrest, and governmental failure, Mussolini advocated the use of force to restore order. In 1921, his Fasci di Combattimento became the Fascist Party, planting the seeds for the regime that would rule Italy for nearly 20 years. What title did Mussolini choose for himself? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret of Anjou (1430)

Margaret was queen consort of King Henry VI of England and ruled during her husband's frequent bouts of mental illness. With the king insane and childless, Richard, duke of York, was poised to inherit the throne. However, in 1453, Margaret gave birth to a son. The convoluted struggle over who would be king resulted in the War of the Roses, which, by 1471, had left most of those involved dead—except for Margaret. In May of that year, she led an army at the battle of Tewkesbury. Who won? More...
Quotation of the Day
Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

the heebie-jeebies

An extreme or acute sensation of fear, apprehension, worry, or anxiety. Often used with "get" or "give." More...
Today's Holiday

Pakistan Day (2017)

This national holiday is also known as Republic Day, and it is the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a Muslim country for Muslim Indians. On the same day in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic within the British Commonwealth. Pakistan Day is celebrated with parades and fairs. More...
In the News

Space Agency Seeking Mission Name that Is Out of This World

If you ever wanted to leave your mark on history, this may be your chance; the European Space Agency (ESA) is asking for the public's help naming an upcoming mission to the International Space Station. Submissions from residents of the ESA's member nations will be accepted until April 4, 2014, after which the list will be whittled down and passed along to British astronaut Tim Peake for the final name selection. Whichever entry he chooses will become the official mission name and be integrated into the mission's logo. Peake is scheduled to embark on the 6-month mission toward the end of 2015. More...
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