Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 31, 2017)
Word of the Day

thence

Definition:(adverb) From that place; from there.
Synonyms:therefrom
Usage: The train went south into Switzerland and thence on to Italy
Article of the Day

The Pythian Games

Also known as the Delphic Games, the Pythian Games were one of the four Panhellenic Games of Ancient Greece. They were founded sometime before the 5th century BCE and were held every four years at the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, two years before each Olympic Games. Unlike the Olympic Games, they also featured music, art, and poetry competitions, which pre-dated the athletic portion of the games and were said to have been started by Apollo after he did what? More...
This Day in History

Death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997)

Diana's beauty and unprecedented popularity as a member of the royal family attracted intense press attention, and she became one of the most photographed women in the world. After her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, she remained highly visible and continued her activities on behalf of numerous charities. In 1997, she was killed in a car crash in Paris, along with her companion, Dodi al-Fayed, and their driver. Who was blamed for the accident in subsequent investigations? More...
Today's Birthday

Commodus (161 CE)

The son of Marcus Aurelius, Commodus was a Roman emperor who ruled from 180 to 192 CE—a period some historians consider the beginning of the empire's decline. Though his reign was fairly peaceful, Commodus was a tyrant who spent lavishly on gladiatorial combats, persecuted the Senate, and tried to rename Rome after himself. He fancied himself a gladiator, frequently killing exotic animals. His mistress and advisors had him strangled. He considered himself the reincarnation of what mythical hero? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Today's Holiday

Onam (2020)

Onam is a harvest festival and a celebration of ancient King Mahabali in the state of Kerala in India. It is Kerala's biggest festival, lasting 10 days and featuring dancing, feasting, and displays of elaborately designed carpets of flowers. It's famous for the races of the so-called snake boats held at Champakulam, Aranmulai, and Kottayam. King Mahabali, who was sent into exile in the nether world when gods grew jealous of him, is allowed to return to his people once a year; the boat races, cleaned homes, carpets of flowers, clapping dances by girls, and other events are the welcome for him. More...
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