Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

factious

Definition:(adjective) Of, relating to, produced by, or characterized by internal dissension.
Synonyms:divisive
Usage: Fouquet has raised against your majesty a troop of factious rioters to extricate his friends from punishment.
Article of the Day

Crowns of Silla

Established in 57 BCE, the ancient Korean kingdom of Silla lasted for more than a millennium. The nearly impenetrable royal Sillan tombs—located near the modern South Korean city of Gyeongju—have yielded lavish treasures. Among them are a number of fragile, solid gold crowns, crafted with an intricate tree branch motif. Because they are so delicate, they were probably used only for formal occasions or burials. Why did the Sillan practice of opulent burials end by the end of the 6th century? More...
This Day in History

Bank Robber "Baby Face" Nelson Killed in FBI Shootout (1934)

Born Lester Gillis, George "Baby Face" Nelson began his life of crime in his early teens. After a series of auto thefts and bank robberies, Nelson joined the notorious Dillinger gang, which was being pursued by the FBI. Despite his innocent-sounding nickname—given for his youthful appearance and small stature—Nelson hated police and FBI agents and hunted them at every opportunity, a pastime that ultimately led to his undoing. How many times was Nelson shot in his final shootout with FBI agents? More...
Today's Birthday

Jimi Hendrix (1942)

One of the tragic figures of 1960s pop music, the left-handed Hendrix taught himself to play the guitar, which he held upside down. His appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the success of the album Are You Experienced? lifted him to instant stardom. A year after his legendary performance at Woodstock in 1969, Hendrix died at age 27 of an apparently accidental barbiturate overdose. Hundreds of people attended his funeral, including which well-known musicians? More...
Quotation of the Day
Beth could not reason upon or explain the faith that gave her courage and patience to give up life, and cheerfully wait for death...She could not say, "I'm glad to go," for life was very sweet for her. She could only sob out, "I try to be willing."

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Today's Holiday

Black Friday (United States) (2015)

Shoppers and retailers in the United States refer to the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday because it marks the beginning of the Christmas commercial season and is traditionally a frenetic day of shopping. More...
In the News

Over 100 Workers Die in Bangladesh Factory Fire

A blaze on Saturday that claimed over 100 lives at a Bangladeshi garment factory has drawn protests from outraged textile workers, who regularly labor under notoriously poor and unsafe conditions. Fatal fires are common in Bangladesh's garment manufacturing industry, as there is little enforcement of safety laws and conditions like overcrowding, shoddy electrical wiring, and locked fire doors abound. This weekend's fatal factory fire, which began on the ground floor of the nine-story building and quickly spread, was reportedly the worst in the country's history. More...
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