Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

creaky

Definition:(adjective) Worn and broken down by hard use.
Synonyms:decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegone
Usage: There is a certain house within my familiar recollection...a rusty, crazy, creaky, dry-rotted, dingy, dark, and miserable old dungeon.
Article of the Day

The Bible Riots

The 1844 Bible Riots were a series of anti-Catholic riots in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that resulted in several dozen deaths, many more injuries, and the destruction of two churches. At the time, scores of immigrants, particularly Irish Catholics, were settling in the city. Consequently, the nativist movement, which espouses a sociopolitical policy favoring the interests of established inhabitants over those of immigrants, saw rapid growth there. Who did grand juries blame for the riots? More...
This Day in History

Diocletian's Army Declares Him Emperor of Rome (284 CE)

Of humble birth, Diocletian rose through the ranks of the Roman military to become a high-ranking commander. His troops proclaimed him emperor after the death of Numerian, and he became sole ruler when Carinus, Numerian's co-emperor, was murdered by his own officers. Seeking to remove the military from politics, Diocletian established a tetrarchy, or four-ruler system, appointing Maximian, Constantius I, and Galerius as co-rulers and proclaiming them all gods. Why did Diocletian abdicate in 305? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (1925)

Following his successful management of his brother's campaign for the presidency, Robert Kennedy served as US attorney general and was John F. Kennedy's closest adviser, exerting considerable influence on the nation's domestic and foreign affairs. He later won election to the US Senate and, in 1968, announced his intention to run for president. After winning the California Democratic primary in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, he was assassinated. Who shot him? More...
Quotation of the Day
One likes to be respected as highly as his neighbors are.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Today's Holiday

Opening of the Underground Caves Day (2015)

The end of World War II is marked annually by the people of Butaritari Island (of the independent republic of Kiribati). Each year, they open the caves that were built to shelter them during World War II. Accompanied by a celebration, the event takes place on the anniversary of the day the caves initially were opened after the war ended in 1945. The event's main activities take place in Ukiangang village on Butaritari Island, featuring singing, dancing, feasting, and indoor and outdoor games. More...
In the News

US Teen Birth Rate Hit New Low in 2010

Teen pregnancy reality shows may actually be doing some good. Data show that the teen birth rate in the US reached an all-time low in 2010, dropping nine percent from the previous year. Experts attribute the dramatic dip to increased sex education in schools, the poor economy, and even reality television shows that present teens with a sobering view of the challenges of parenthood. Birth rates for unmarried mothers as well as the total number of births in the US also dropped in 2010. More...
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