Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

housebound

Definition:(adjective) Confined to one's home, as by illness.
Synonyms:shut-in
Usage: My mom says that I am housebound for as long as I have the chickenpox.
Article of the Day

Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland

Percy was an English aristocrat who inherited his title from his father when he was in his early 20s. Under James I, Percy was imprisoned in the Tower of London for suspicion of involvement in the Gunpowder Plot, which was undertaken in part by his relative Thomas Percy. While in prison, he made the acquaintance of Sir Walter Raleigh, who was also confined there, and earned the sobriquet "The Wizard Earl" for his scientific experiments. What luxurious amenities did Percy have while imprisoned? More...
This Day in History

Maiden Voyage of RMS Queen Mary 2 (2004)

The RMS Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is a Cunard Line ocean liner named after the earlier Cunard liner Queen Mary, which was, in turn, named after Mary of Teck, the Queen Consort of George V. With 15 restaurants and bars, 5 pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theater, and a planetarium, the QM2 was the largest ocean liner in the world at the time of its construction, as well as the longest, widest, and tallest passenger ship. What ship challenged that distinction in 2006? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann Göring (1893)

Göring was one of Hitler's most loyal supporters and held numerous Nazi posts, including interior minister of Prussia, where he established the Gestapo, and head of the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force. When the Luftwaffe failed to win the Battle of Britain, Göring semiretired to his country estate, where he displayed the vast art collection he had confiscated from Jews in occupied countries. In 1946, he was condemned to death by hanging at the Nuremberg trials but was never executed. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
All the learnin' my father ever paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and the alphabet at th' other.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Zanzibar Revolution Day

In December 1963, the African island of Zanzibar won independence from England. On January 12, 1964, a revolution led by John Okello of the Afro-Shirazi Party overthrew the sultan who ruled Zanzibar. Abeid Karume was named president and the country's name changed to the People's Republic of Zanzibar (now a semiautonomous part of Tanzania since merging with neighboring Tanganyika). Zanzibar Revolution Day commemorates the revolt that installed Karume as president. Celebrations are held at the Amaan Stadium, and a wreath is officially placed at the gravesite of Abeid Karume. More...
In the News

2011 Was a Bad Year for the Elephants

Global seizures of ivory in 2011 reached record levels, totaling over 23 tons of ivory, which translates to about 2,500 dead elephants. The seizures indicate that there has been an unprecedented surge in African elephant poaching, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia, northern Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kenya. Most of the illegal ivory is sent to China and Thailand, where demand for the decorative material is high and has been growing, despite the fact that a global ban on the ivory trade went into effect in 1989. More...
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