Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

beatitude

Definition:(noun) Supreme blessedness or happiness.
Synonyms:blessedness, beatification
Usage: You have it in your power to raise two human beings from a state of actual suffering to such unspeakable beatitude as only generous, noble, self-forgetting love can give.
Article of the Day

The Money Pit of Oak Island

According to newspaper records, in 1795 excavations began at the site of a mysterious depression on Nova Scotia's Oak Island. A layer of flagstones was found buried a few feet below the surface, and layers of logs were uncovered at 10 ft (3 m) intervals. At a depth of about 90 ft (27 m), a large stone bearing an inscription of symbols was recovered; and translations revealed the secret message, “forty feet below, two million pounds lie buried." Whose treasure is believed to be buried there? More...
This Day in History

Anglo-Zulu War Begins (1879)

The Anglo-Zulu War was fought between the British Empire and the Zulu nation. It began when Zulu king Cetshwayo, determined to resist European advances, rejected British demands to disband his troops. The British attacked, and Cetshwayo routed them at Isandlwana with a disciplined army of 40,000. However, his forces were utterly defeated at Ulundi, with 1,500 Zulus, compared to 13 Britons, killed in the final battle. The British then burned the town. What became of Cetshwayo? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander Hamilton (1755?)

Pictured on the US $10 bill, Hamilton was an American Founding Father and the first secretary of the treasury. Differences between Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson led to the rise of political parties, with Hamilton heading the Federalist Party and Madison and Jefferson leading the Democratic-Republican Party. In 1804, Aaron Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, and though Hamilton opposed the practice and had even lost a son in a duel, he agreed and was mortally wounded. Why did Burr challenge him? More...
Quotation of the Day
All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

put a gun to (someone's) head

To force someone to do something he or she does not want to do, especially by the use of threats or intimidation (not necessarily with an actual gun). More...
Today's Holiday

Albania Republic Day (2017)

Republic Day was a national holiday in Albania, also known as Anniversary Day, which commemorated the founding of the Communist government on January 11, 1946, until April 15, 1991, when the first Parliament since the fall of the Soviet Union convened. More...
In the News

Mystery Solved: Why the Real King Kong Became Extinct

The largest ape to roam Earth died out 100,000 years ago because it failed to tuck into savannah grass after climate change hit its preferred diet of forest fruit, scientists suggest. Gigantopithecus — the closest Nature ever came to producing a real King ... More...
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