Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 11, 2014)
Word of the Day

quiescence

Definition:(noun) A state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction.
Synonyms:dormancy
Usage: The volcano erupted after centuries of quiescence.
Article of the Day

Corfu

Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, off the coast of Albania. The second largest of the Ionian Islands, Corfu rises 2,980 feet (910 m) at Mt. Pantokrator in the northeast but is largely a fertile lowland producing olive oil, figs, wine, and citrus fruit. The island has been identified with Scheria, the island of the Phaeacians in Homer's Odyssey. It was settled around 730 BCE by Corinthian colonists. What Empress of Austria commissioned the building of a summer palace there? More...
This Day in History

Charles I of Austria Relinquishes His Throne (1918)

Also king of Hungary from 1916 to 1918 as Charles IV, Charles I was the last emperor of Austria. He became heir presumptive to the Hapsburg throne upon the assassination of his uncle, Franz Ferdinand. After succeeding Francis Joseph in 1916, he made several abortive attempts to take Austria-Hungary out of WWI. He renounced participation in affairs of state in 1918 and was deposed in 1919. After two failed attempts to regain his Hungarian throne in 1921, he was exiled. Why was Charles beatified? More...
Today's Birthday

George S. Patton, Jr. (1885)

Patton, nicknamed "Old Blood-and-Guts," was probably the most admired and most controversial American World War II general. Though he had a brilliant war record—he led successful military operations in Morocco and Sicily and spearheaded the spectacular sweep of US forces across northern France into Germany—he was a rigid disciplinarian and nearly lost his career for slapping a hospitalized soldier he suspected of feigning illness. In what event of the 1912 Olympics did Patton place fifth? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Today's Holiday

Concordia Day (2015)

A public holiday on the island of St. Martin in the West Indies, Concordia Day commemorates the 1648 agreement to divide the island between the Dutch and the French. To this day, St. Martin is the smallest territory shared by two sovereign states, with only a stone monument marking the boundary. Concordia Day celebrates the long-standing peaceful coexistence of the two countries by holding parades and a joint ceremony with French and Dutch officials at the border monument. November 11 is also the anniversary of the island's discovery in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. More...
In the News

Happiness and Aging

Polls of populations around the globe show that life satisfaction often waxes and wanes with age and differs depending on where people live. In Western nations, happiness bottoms out between the ages of 45 and 54 before rising again into old age, while in the former Soviet Union and Latin America, it declines throughout life. The reasons for these trends are complex and multifaceted, but one factor that seems to have a strong influence is a region's economic prosperity, suggesting that money does in fact buy some measure of happiness. More...
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