Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 18, 2014)
Word of the Day

cabal

Definition:(noun) A secret scheme or plot.
Synonyms:conspiracy
Usage: She pretended that a wicked plot was being hatched against her, a cabal which would come to a head in the coming days.
Article of the Day

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

With the vast majority of able-bodied American men away fighting in World War II, baseball executives looked for new ways to keep the sport in the public eye. They hit upon the idea of forming a new professional league composed of women and decided to give it a try. Formed in 1943, the league lasted past the end of the war into 1954. It differed from the men's league in pitching style, the size of the diamond and of the ball, and the fact that spring training included classes in what subject? 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
I have had prayers answered - most strangely so sometimes - but I think our heavenly Father's loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

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

Cave Paintings Redraw History of Human Art

Experts are rethinking the theory of the origins of human artistic activity after cave paintings on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were dated to 40,000 years ago. Until now, it had been thought that cave art emerged in Western Europe about 40,000 years ago, but it would seem that it in fact emerged simultaneously in various regions of the globe. The paintings in question contain stencils of human hands and naturalistic depictions of animals. More...
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