Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 18, 2014)
Word of the Day

remonstrate

Definition:(verb) To reason or plead in protest, objection, or complaint.
Synonyms:protest, challenge, argue, object, dispute, dissent, expostulate
Usage: I remonstrate against these outrages upon reason and truth, of course, but it does no good.
Article of the Day

The Guillotine

Although guillotine-like apparatuses were used for executions in several European countries before France adopted it as its only legal method of execution during the French Revolution, the beheading machine is most commonly associated with this period in French history and is in fact named for the physician who was instrumental in having the National Assembly adopt it as France's preferred method of capital punishment, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin. When was the last execution by guillotine in France? More...
This Day in History

Steamboat Willie Released (1928)

In 1928, Walt Disney created cartoon icon Mickey Mouse, who made his debut in the silent film Plane Crazy. That same year, Mickey also appeared in Steamboat Willie, written and directed by Disney and animator Ub Iwerks. An immediate hit, the film was Disney's first attempt at using sound and the first fully synchronized sound cartoon. Music is prominently featured, and Mickey first appears in the film whistling the song Steamboat Bill. Who provided the voice for Mickey? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Daguerre (1787)

Originally a scene painter for the opera, Daguerre was a French inventor who devised one of the first practical photographic processes—the daguerreotype. He, in collaboration with Nicéphore Niépce, found that a permanent image could be formed on a silver iodide-coated copper plate if it was exposed to light, then fumed with mercury vapor and fixed by a solution of common salt. His daguerreotype process was announced in 1839 at the Academy of Sciences. Who acquired the patent for the invention? More...
Quotation of the Day
Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Today's Holiday

Latvia Independence Day (2015)

Independence Day marks Latvia's declaration of independence from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918. The country remained independent until World War II, when it was absorbed by the Soviet Union. Like the other Baltic republics, Latvia proclaimed its independence from Soviet Russia in 1991, on August 21. More...
In the News

Congo Conquers Its Ebola Outbreak

The Democrat ic Republic of the Congo declared its Ebola outbreak officially over on Saturday after two consecutive 21-day incubation periods without a reported case. The country had been battling the disease, unrelated to the current outbreak devastating West Africa, for three months, with 66 total infections and 49 deaths in that time. Having suffered six previous Ebola outbreaks since the disease was first identified there in 1976, Congo acted quickly to contain this one with apparent success. More...
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