Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

deleterious

Definition:(adjective) Having a harmful effect; injurious.
Synonyms:injurious, hurtful
Usage: A guest speaker came to the high school to warn the students about the deleterious effects of smoking.
Article of the Day

The Hound of the Baskersvilles

Eight years after he killed off Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought the character back in The Hound of the Baskervilles. The novel is possibly the most popular of all of the Holmes stories and has been filmed at least 24 times since 1914. It was inspired by the regional mythology of the British Isles concerning hell-hounds and set largely on an area of moorland close to where Doyle worked as a general practitioner while writing the novel. Who helped Doyle craft its plot? More...
This Day in History

Mona Mahmudnizhad and Nine Other Baha'i Women Are Hanged in Iran (1983)

Prior to the 1979 Iranian revolution, the approximately 1 million Iranian Baha'is had generally prospered, despite widespread societal discrimination. Under the Iranian Islamic republic, which regards the religion as heresy, Baha'i was banned, Baha'i property was confiscated, thousands were imprisoned, and several hundred were executed. Among the youngest victims was 17-year-old Mona Mahmudnizhad, who was arrested in 1982 and hanged after several months in prison. What were the official charges? More...
Today's Birthday

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901)

The youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Anastasia was allegedly murdered at age 17 along with her parents and siblings during the Russian Revolution. After the family's execution, rumors swirled that Anastasia had managed to survive. The appearance of several imposters further fueled these rumors, as did the discovery of her family's burial site in 1991 with two bodies missing. Has anyone been able to conclusively prove that Anastasia was indeed killed with the rest of her family? More...
Quotation of the Day
Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Seychelles National Day (2018)

The Republic of Seychelles was first settled by the French in 1770; in 1814, it was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles gained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. On June 18, 1993, a new constitution was approved, and the first multiparty elections were held in July. June 18th is known as National Day in Seychelles and commemorates the implementation of a multiparty democracy. On this day, thousands of people attend celebratory events that include parades, a flower show, music, and a presidential speech. More...
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