Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

occlude

Definition:(verb) To cause to become closed.
Synonyms:obturate, impede, obstruct, jam, block
Usage: The excess inventory had occluded the exit, and was deemed a hazard by the safety inspector.
Article of the Day

Rugby

The game of rugby originated in the early 19th century in, according to tradition, Rugby, England. It is related to both soccer and American football and is said to have started when a soccer player picked up the ball and ran with it. It was introduced into the US in 1875 but faded as American football developed. Unlike that sport, rugby features almost continuous play. Though tackling is permitted, blocking is forbidden, and players may not pass the ball forward. What is the "scrum"? More...
This Day in History

The Council of Nablus (1120)

The Council of Nablus was convened to establish the first written laws for the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Christian kingdom established in 1099 by the First Crusade. The council included both ecclesiastic and secular lords who established 25 canons that addressed both religious and secular issues like tithing, adultery, bigamy, false accusations, legal attire for Muslim residents, and theft. Why, according to the canons, was it necessary for the Christian leadership to organize this council? More...
Today's Birthday

Fulgencio Batista (1901)

Batista was a soldier, president, and dictator who twice ruled Cuba. After working his way up through the army, he ruled first through associates before becoming president himself in 1940. In his first term, he achieved gains in education, public works, and the economy while enriching himself and his associates. He lost the 1944 election but returned to power through a US backed coup in 1952 and ran a corrupt and brutal dictatorship that set the stage for his overthrow in 1959 by whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

Today's Holiday

Sinulog Festival (2016)

The Sinulog Festival takes place on the island of Cebu in the Philippines, held at the same time as the frenzied Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo and the more sedate Dinagyang in Iloilo City. The festival celebrates both early Cebuano culture and the history of the Christianization of Cebu, combining the pageantry of early years with today's Christian ritual. An image of Cebu's patron saint, the Santo Niño ("the Holy Child," Jesus), is carried in a procession along the streets, while drums beat in the ritual for a bountiful harvest and revelers dance in the streets. More...
In the News

Rare Coin Costs a Pretty Penny

A California coin collector recently paid a record-setting $2.6 million at auction for one of the first pennies manufactured in the US. The coveted one-cent piece is a 1792 prototype penny known as the "Birch Cent," in honor of its engraver, Robert Birch. Only 10 such coins are believed to exist, and this one's new owner was so thrilled with his purchase that he spent more than $2.2 million on one of America's first quarters at an auction the following day. More...
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