Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

histrionic

Definition:(adjective) Characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected.
Synonyms:melodramatic
Usage: Dorothea let out a histrionic groan and threw herself to the floor.
Article of the Day

The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre

During the French Wars of Religion, Catherine de Médici plotted to have Gaspard II de Coligny—leader of the French Protestants known as Huguenots—assassinated. When the attempt failed, she convinced King Charles IX to murder all of the Huguenot leaders, who were in Paris for the wedding of the future Henry IV. The massacre began on August 24—St. Bartholomew's Day—and spread to the provinces. By October, tens of thousands of Huguenots had been killed. Why was Catherine able to influence Charles? More...
This Day in History

Cathedral of Chartres Is Dedicated (1260)

Dedicated in 1260 in the presence of King Louis IX, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Chartres is one of the most influential examples of High Gothic architecture. The main structure was built between 1194 and 1220 and replaced a 12th-century church—of which only the crypt, the base, and the western facade remain. Recognized by its imposing spires, the cathedral is known for its stained-glass windows and Renaissance choir screen. It is also home to the Sancta Camisa, which is what? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton van Leeuwenhoek (1632)

Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch scientist and maker of microscopes whose observations helped lay the foundations for the sciences of bacteriology and protozoology. He assembled hundreds of microscopes, nine of which survive today and can magnify objects as much as 275 times. In the course of his examination of innumerable microorganisms and tissue samples, he gave the first complete descriptions of bacteria and protozoa—which he called animalcules. What likely kindled his interest in microscopes? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Disarmament Week (2015)

The United Nations' Disarmament Week, observed between October 24 and October 30, was established in 1978. It begins on October 24, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, now observed as United Nations Day. Observance revolves around raising public awareness of the dangers of the arms race and the need for international disarmament. More...
In the News

New Radar Can See Through Walls

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new kind of radar technology that could help soldiers by allowing them to see through solid walls. Radar, a method of detecting the position, movement, and nature of a remote object by means of reflected radio waves, is often impeded by concrete, which largely blocks the waves. However, by using short waves known as S-band waves and powerful signal amplifiers, the MIT team was able to get the signal to penetrate concrete and cinder-block walls and generate real-time videos of people moving behind them. More...
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