Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

discourtesy

Definition:(noun) A lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others.
Synonyms:offense
Usage: Over-much civility is sometimes no better than over-much discourtesy, for, as the saying is, one can choke a guest with curds.
Article of the Day

Emelian Ivanovich Pugachev

Pugachev was a Russian peasant leader and head of the peasant rebellion of 1773 to 1774. A Don Cossack, he exploited a widespread peasant belief that Peter III had not actually been murdered. Claiming to be Peter III, he soon found himself at the head of an army and of a revolutionary movement. His army won early victories and threatened the throne of Catherine II, but Pugachev was betrayed, taken to Moscow, and beheaded. What actions did Catherine take in the aftermath of the rebellion? More...
This Day in History

Boris Godunov Becomes Czar of Russia (1598)

A favorite of Ivan the Terrible, Godunov helped organize Ivan's administrative system. After Ivan's death, Boris became virtual ruler of Russia, ostensibly as regent for Ivan's son Feodor I, who was married to Boris's sister. Boris was widely believed to have ordered the murder of Feodor's younger brother and heir, Dmitri, to secure succession for himself. Upon Feodor's death, a ruling class assembly chose Boris as czar. What happened to Boris' son and successor, Feodor II? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Marie-Bernarde Soubirous (1844)

Soubirous was a French peasant girl who claimed to see the Virgin Mary in apparitions at a grotto near Lourdes, her home, in 1858. The authorities, skeptical of her visions, subjected her to severe examinations. After years of scrutiny, she was allowed to enter the convent of Notre-Dame de Nevers, where she remained in seclusion until her death at 35. The grotto at Lourdes is now a pilgrimage site, and its waters are reputed to have healing powers. How many pilgrims visit Lourdes each year? More...
Quotation of the Day
To come with a well-informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Cambodia Victory Day (2016)

This national holiday is also called Victory over Genocide Day and Nation Day. It marks the day in 1979 that Vietnamese troops entered Cambodia and began an assault that ended the bloody regime of the Khmer Rouge. It is estimated that as many as two million Cambodians were killed during the nearly four years that Pol Pot of the Khmer Rouge ruled the country. Victory Day is celebrated with patriotic speeches by government officials, remembrance services for the victims, as well as cultural displays of the era. More...
In the News

Vietnamese Man Has Massive Leg Tumor Removed

A Vietnamese man is recovering from complex surgery to remove an enormous 180-lb (82-kg) tumor from his right leg. The tumor, the result of a genetic condition, appeared when he was just four years old and continued growing throughout his life. Now 31, the man was dwarfed by his massive growth, which weighed twice as much as the rest of his body when it was removed. Though non-cancerous, the tumor had rendered him virtually immobile and resulted in the partial amputation of his leg in 1997. More...
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