Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

inebriety

Definition:(noun) A temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol.
Synonyms:drunkenness, tipsiness, intoxication
Usage: He was a man who would have made a success of life a century and a half ago when conversation was a passport to good company and inebriety no bar.
Article of the Day

Al-Azhar University

Located in Cairo, Egypt, Al-Azhar University was founded in 972 CE as a madrasa—a place of Islamic learning. By teaching numerous subjects in the same place, it was one of the first universities in the world and the only one to survive as a modern university. Historically, students primarily studied the Qur'an and Islamic law. Today, the university is the world's chief center of Arabic literature and Islamic learning. When did it begin teaching a wide range of secular subjects? More...
This Day in History

Chinese Warlord Zhang Zuolin Is Assassinated (1928)

Zhang was a Chinese warlord who became ruler of Manchuria with the tacit support of the Japanese after his militia backed them in the Russo-Japanese War in 1904–05. By the mid-1920s, his Fengtien army had gained power in Beijing, but Chiang Kai-shek and the Chinese Nationalists forced him out in 1928, and the Japanese began to doubt his authority over his Chinese countrymen. He was assassinated during his retreat to Shenyang when his train was bombed. Who planted the bomb, and why? More...
Today's Birthday

Cogwagee, AKA Thomas Charles Longboat (1887)

An Onondaga from the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve near Brantford, Ontario, Longboat made a name for himself as a champion long-distance runner. In 1906, he won his first major event, the Around the Bay Road Race. The next year, he finished the Boston Marathon in record time, shaving minutes off the previous record. He disappointed at the 1908 Olympics but went on to earn the title of Professional Champion of the World in a 1909 marathon. How did he put his talent to use during WWI? More...
Quotation of the Day
The very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Today's Holiday

Jefferson Davis's Birthday (Alabama) (2018)

The only president of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis was captured and imprisoned after the Civil War but never brought to trial. He went to his grave deprived of the rights of citizenship, and it wasn't until October 17, 1978, that his citizenship was restored, posthumously, by President Jimmy Carter. Davis's memory is honored by many white southerners in the United States, and his birthday is a legal holiday in Alabama. In Mississippi the observance is combined with Memorial Day. More...
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