Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 1, 2015)
Word of the Day

cesspit

Definition:(noun) A pit for refuse or sewage.
Synonyms:sump, sink, cesspool
Usage: The cesspit smelled foul, but without it all the refuse would have been strewn around the town.
Article of the Day

Medina

Medina is a city in Saudi Arabia, 110 mi (177 km) inland from the Red Sea in a well-watered oasis where fruit, dates, vegetables, and grain are raised. Muhammad gained control of the city in 622 and used it as a base for converting and conquering Arabia. It grew rapidly until 661, when the Umayyad dynasty transferred the capital of the caliphate to Damascus. Pilgrimages to Mecca usually include a side trip to Medina, where the Prophet's Mosque houses the tombs of what important Islamic figures? More...
This Day in History

International Geophysical Year Begins (1957)

Undertaken during a period of maximum sunspot activity, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) was an 18-month period of cooperation among the scientists of 67 nations for concentrated and coordinated geophysical study, primarily of the solar and terrestrial atmospheres. It produced scientific cooperation unimpeded by the Cold War and was the largest and most important international scientific effort to that date. What are some of the dozens of advances and discoveries achieved during the IGY? More...
Today's Birthday

George Sand (1804)

Born Amandine Dupin, Sand was raised in a strict household but began to rebel after spending time in a convent. She wore men's clothes and urged women to live as men did. In 1836, she divorced her aristocratic husband and moved to Paris with their two children, supporting them by writing some 80 novels. Under her pseudonym, she became a star of the French literary scene, drawing admiration from Gustave Flaubert and vitriol from Charles Baudelaire. What famous composer was Sand's longtime lover? More...
Quotation of the Day
It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Today's Holiday

Canada Day (2016)

The British North America Act went into effect on July 1, 1867, uniting Upper Canada (now called Ontario), Lower Canada (now Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia into a British dominion. Canadians celebrate this day with parades and picnics, somewhat similar to Fourth of July festivities in the United States. In Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, which are on opposite sides of the Detroit River and are connected by a tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge, this is also one of the days on which the International Freedom Festival is held. More...
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