Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

cajole

Definition:(verb) Influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering.
Synonyms:blarney, coax, inveigle, sweet-talk, wheedle, palaver
Usage: The little girl cajoled her father into buying her a new dress.
Article of the Day

French Indochina

The region that is today home to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam came under French control in the late 1800s as French Indochina. Though occupied by Japan during World War II, the area did not achieve full independence from France until 1954. Soon after independence, the Vietnam War erupted. After World War II, US President Franklin Roosevelt unsuccessfully attempted to arrange for China to acquire the region before France could regain control. What was Chairman Chiang Kai-shek's emphatic response? More...
This Day in History

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher Destroyed (1009 CE)

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City is venerated by most Christians as the site of Jesus' burial chamber and has been an important destination of pilgrimage since the 4th century. Its destruction in 1009 by caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah is often viewed as a direct impetus for the Crusades, though the church was rebuilt prior to the Crusaders' arrival. The custodianship of the church is now grudgingly shared by several Churches. Who holds the key to the church's main entrance? More...
Today's Birthday

Lee Harvey Oswald (1939)

Oswald, a US Marine who defected to the Soviet Union only to return and settle in Dallas, Texas, with his Russian wife and daughter, is widely believed to have been the assassin of US President John F. Kennedy. On November 22, 1963, Oswald allegedly fired three shots from a window on the sixth floor of the Texas State School Book Depository, killing Kennedy. While in police custody, Oswald was murdered by nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Whom did Oswald allegedly try to assassinate earlier in 1963? More...
Quotation of the Day
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Today's Holiday

Alaska Day (2015)

Alaska Day commemorates the formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States on October 18, 1867. The event, which took place at Sitka, was a sad one for the Russian colonists who had already made Alaska their home. After the transfer, Alaska was eventually organized as a territory and maintained this status until it became a state on January 3, 1959. Today, the lowering of the Russian flag and the raising of the Stars and Stripes is reenacted every year as part of this festival in Sitka. Other events include a parade and a period costume ball. More...
In the News

HPV Vaccine Not a Gateway to Promiscuity

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been recommended for 11- and 12-year-old girls in the US since 2006, but opponents of the controversial guidelines have questioned whether being vaccinated could give young girls a false sense of security and encourage them to become sexually active or engage in risky sexual behavior. As it turns out, this is not the case. Data show that girls who receive the vaccine are no more likely than their unvaccinated peers to get other sexually transmitted infections or become pregnant, a strong indicator that both groups are engaging in similar levels of sexual activity. More...
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