Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 15, 2014)
Word of the Day

instigate

Definition:(verb) Provoke or stir up.
Synonyms:incite
Usage: The violence was instigated by ex-members of the secret police.
Article of the Day

Gioacchino Rossini

Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote more than 30 operas as well as sacred music and piano pieces. The son of musicians, he began composing at age 12 and entered Bologna's conservatory just two years later. Into the genteel atmosphere of lingering 18th-century operatic manners, Rossini brought genuine originality marked by rude wit and humor and a willingness to sacrifice all "rules" of musical and operatic decorum. For what two masterpiece operas is he best known? More...
This Day in History

Nuremberg Laws Deprive German Jews of Citizenship and Civil Rights (1935)

Enacted in the early years of Adolf Hitler's rule, the Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of German citizenship, prohibited them from marrying non-Jews, and forbade them to hire non-Jewish domestic servants. Supplementary decrees laid down the criteria for determining exactly who was legally Jewish. Punishments for violating the laws included fines, hard labor, and even death. Three years after the laws were announced, another law required Jews to adopt what middle names? More...
Today's Birthday

William Howard Taft (1857)

An extremely large, easygoing man, Taft was said to have not really wanted to be US president. In 1908, he was elected anyway, having already served as solicitor general, appellate judge, secretary of war, and governor of the Philippines. His split with former president Theodore Roosevelt, who consequently ran for office again, cost them both the 1912 election. Taft later served as chief justice of the Supreme Court. He was the last president to have what physical characteristic? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

in leaps and bounds

By very large degrees; rapidly or in quick progress forward. More...
Today's Holiday

Guatemala Independence Day (2017)

This is the day on which Guatemala won its independence from Spain in 1821. It is a public holiday during which the buildings in Guatemala City are draped in blue-and-white bunting, and there are parades with schoolchildren marching to the music of military bands. A popular holiday pastime is watching La Conquista (The Conquest), a traditional dance where the dancers, in wooden masks and red wigs, reenact the conquest of the Mayan Indians by the Spanish soldier Pedro de Alvarado. More...
In the News

Amazon Deforestation Climbing Again

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil seems to be on the rise again. Between July 2012 and July 2013, deforestation there was up 29 percent to nearly 2,315 square miles (6,000 sq km). This was the second straight year of increasing deforestation rates there, reversing several years of decline. Still, these numbers remain lower than 2004, the worst year on record for Brazilian Amazon destruction with almost 11,580 square miles (30,000 sq km) cleared. More...
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