Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

choler

Definition:(noun) An irritable petulant feeling.
Synonyms:crossness, fretfulness, fussiness, peevishness
Usage: I felt quite amused at his unwarranted choler, and while he stumped indignantly up and down I fell to dwelling upon the romance of the fog.
Article of the Day

Eusebius of Caesarea

Born circa 263 CE, Eusebius was a Greek historian of early Christianity. A bishop of Caesarea, Palestine, he may have been imprisoned during the Roman persecutions. His fame rests on his Ecclesiastical History, which preserves portions of works no longer extant. He was a staunch supporter of Constantine I's attempts to unify Christian doctrine, and his writings include Life of Constantine. Eusebius was excommunicated in 325 CE, after being accused of espousing what doctrine? More...
This Day in History

Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberated by American Troops (1945)

Buchenwald was one of the first and largest concentration camps in Nazi Germany. As US forces closed in on the camp near the end of WWII, the Nazis began evacuating its prisoners, forcing them on "death marches" during which an estimated 13,500 were killed. On April 9, inmates at the camp used a makeshift radio transmitter to inform the Allies about the evacuations and beg for help. What did the prisoners do when they received word that the Americans were coming to liberate them? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Evans Hughes, Sr. (1862)

Hughes was an American statesman and jurist. He served as governor of New York and as a Supreme Court justice before losing the 1916 presidential race, one of the closest in US history. It has been reported that, on the night of the election, Hughes went to bed believing he had won. According to the story, a reporter later called and was told that "the president is asleep," to which he responded, "When he wakes up, tell him he isn't the president." What did Hughes do after losing the election? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man's character is to be abused ... there's nobody like a relation to do the business.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

the idiot box

slang A television set, or television in general. More...
Today's Holiday

Hanuman Jayanti (2017)

Hanuman, the Monkey God and a central figure in the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana, helped Rama rescue his wife Sita from the demon Ravana; for this Rama decreed the two always be worshipped together. He is revered by Hindus all over India in the form of a monkey with a red face who stands erect like a human. His birth anniversary is observed in the month of Caitra with celibacy, fasting, and reading the Hanuman-Chalisa. Hindus visit his temples, of which there are many, to offer prayers on this day and to re-paint his image with vermilion. More...
In the News

Pickpocket Protest Shuts Down Louvre

The Louvre is more than just the most visited art museum in the world; it is also, apparently, a pickpocket's paradise. Petty thievery is rampant at the site, and the staff is fed up with it. Visitors and employees alike are regularly targeted by thieves, who often work in organized gangs and are becoming increasingly violent. In protest of the problem, hundreds of Louvre employees staged a one-day walkout that forced the museum's temporary closure. Officials are looking into ways to improve security. More...
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