Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

rumpus

Definition:(noun) A noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion.
Synonyms:ruckus, ruction, commotion, din, tumult
Usage: He left before the rumpus devolved into an all-out brawl and so avoided spending the night in jail with his buddies.
Article of the Day

The Hittites

The Hittites were an ancient Indo-European people who flourished from 1600 to 1200 BCE in what is today Turkey and Syria. They either displaced or absorbed the previous inhabitants of the region, the Hattians, whose culture had a strong influence on that of the Hittites. For several hundred years, the Hittite Empire was the chief cultural and political force in West Asia. The loose confederation of the empire was eventually broken up by invaders, and its remnants were conquered by whom? More...
This Day in History

French King Louis XIII Crowned in Rheims (1610)

At the age of nine, Louis XIII succeeded his father, Henry IV, under the regency of his mother, Marie de' Medici. Even after Louis was declared of age in 1614, his mother arranged his marriage to Anne of Austria in 1615 and continued to govern until 1617. Resentful of her power, Louis exiled her, but the two were reconciled by her principal adviser Cardinal Richelieu, whom Louis later named chief minister. Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu are among the central characters of what novel? More...
Today's Birthday

Rita Hayworth (1918)

Margarita Cansino began her show business career as a child, dancing flamenco with her well-known father, Eduardo. After taking acting lessons, changing her last name to Hayworth, and dying her hair its trademark red, she began her acting career. Her appearance in a series of musicals made her a star, and her role in Gilda confirmed her status as a Hollywood sex symbol, making her one of the most popular wartime pinups. Hayworth's picture is rumored to have been placed on what weapon? More...
Quotation of the Day
Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one's conquests.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Today's Holiday

Sweetest Day (2015)

More than 40 years ago, a man from Cleveland came up with the idea of showing the city's orphans and shut-ins that they hadn't been forgotten by distributing small gifts to them on a Saturday in October. The celebration of what came to be called Sweetest Day soon spread to Detroit and other American cities. Although it is still supposed to be an occasion to remember others with a kind act, a word of encouragement, or a long-overdue letter, local merchants in cities where Sweetest Day is observed usually get together and promote the day as a time to purchase gifts. More...
In the News

Masterpieces Missing after Museum Theft

The art world is reeling after bold thieves in the Netherlands broke into Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum yesterday and made off with several works worth tens of millions of dollars. In total, seven paintings were stolen, among them works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin, and other prominent artists. Investigators are trying to figure out how the thieves managed to pull off the heist given that the museum supposedly has a state-of-the-art alarm system. More...
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