Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

morganatic

Definition:(adjective) Of or being a legal marriage between a person of royal or noble birth and a partner of lower rank, in which it is agreed that no titles or estates of the royal or noble partner are to be shared by the partner of inferior rank nor by any of the offspring of the marriage.
Synonyms:left-handed
Usage: Lola Montes, a dancer, became the morganatic wife of King Louis of Bavaria and was created Countess of Landsfeld.
Article of the Day

Pliny's Natural History

Pliny the Elder was a Roman scholar famous for his Historia NaturalisNatural History—an encyclopedia published in 77 CE. His one surviving work, it is divided into 37 books that survey all the known sciences of the day, notably geography, anthropology, zoology, mineralogy, and botany. Although the work was the European authority on scientific matters up to the Middle Ages, it is of uneven accuracy. Pliny was in the process of revising the work when he died observing what disaster? More...
This Day in History

US President Zachary Taylor Dies in Office (1850)

On a hot 4th of July in Washington, DC, Taylor—who had been US president for just 16 months—enjoyed a cool snack of cherries and milk. Five days later, he was dead. The official cause of death was listed as gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines that can be caused by food poisoning. His remains were exhumed in 1991 and showed no evidence of foul play. According to one historian, Taylor could have recovered had he not been bled, blistered, and given what cocktail of drugs? More...
Today's Birthday

Oliver Wolf Sacks (1933)

Sacks is a British-American neurologist and writer. He immigrated to the US in 1960 to study neurology at the University of California, and in 1965 he joined the faculty at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Many of his books relate case histories of neurologically damaged people, particularly those afflicted with unusual conditions. His 1973 book Awakenings, which was made into a film in 1990, chronicles his efforts to treat the survivors of what mysterious sickness? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is invisible, and comes in and goes out as he likes, without anyone calling him to account for what he does.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

six in one, (and) half a dozen in the other

The difference between these two options is negligible, irrelevant, or unimportant; either option is fine or will work as well as the other. More...
Today's Holiday

Martyrdom of the Bab (2017)

The Martyrdom of the Bab is a solemn commemoration of the day in 1850 when the Bab, the first prophet of the Baha'i faith, was executed in Tabriz, Persia (now Iran). Prayers and readings mark the Baha'i holy day, and work is suspended. The Bab was repeatedly exiled and imprisoned by Muslim rulers and priests who opposed the idea that the Bab would provide another avenue to the truth. A committee of priests demanded the Bab's execution; his body was retrieved by his followers and eventually placed in a mausoleum on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, where the Baha'i headquarters is today. More...
In the News

Passenger Aircraft Crashes in Congo

A passenger plane crashed yesterday while on its way from the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital to a northeastern city, apparently upon encountering bad weather during landing. Initial reports suggested that there had been 112 people on board, more than 50 of whom had died. However, the transport ministry later released a statement saying that the airline, Hewa Bora Airways, had underestimated the number of people on the flight. According to the ministry, at least 127 were killed in the crash and 51 survived. More...
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