Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

penitent

Definition:(adjective) Feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds.
Synonyms:repentant
Usage: She now presented herself, with an elaborate apology, and with the nearest approach to a penitent expression of which her face was capable.
Article of the Day

The Siku Quanshu

Compiled at the height of the Qing dynasty in the 18th century, the Siku Quanshu, or Complete Library of the Four Treasuries, is a collection of more than 3,400 works of Chinese literature in more than 36,000 volumes. Over 10,000 works had been considered for inclusion, but many were rejected as anti-Manchu and destroyed. Of the seven original copies, which were painstakingly transcribed by hand, four have survived. How were the collection’s many scribes compensated for their work? More...
This Day in History

Last Hanging at Tyburn Gallows (1783)

In 1571, a novel triangular gallows allowing for the hanging of several people at once was erected in the English village of Tyburn, which became so famous for its executions that thousands of paying spectators would turn out for hangings. During a 1649 mass execution, 24 prisoners were hanged there. The site became synonymous with capital punishment and was commonly invoked in euphemisms like "to take a ride to Tyburn," meaning to go to one's hanging. Who was "Lord of the Manor of Tyburn"? More...
Today's Birthday

Vincenzo Bellini (1801)

Bellini was an Italian composer who was born into a musical family and began composing in his childhood. He wrote his first opera at age 24 and went on to complete nine more before his death at age 33. His most celebrated works, which rely strongly on beautiful vocal melody and include the operas Norma and La Sonnambula—Italian for "The Sleepwalker"—greatly influenced the work of Giuseppe Verdi. According to legend, what musical feat could Bellini perform at just 18 months of age? More...
Quotation of the Day
Perhaps his might be one of the natures where a wise estimate of consequences is fused in the fires of that passionate belief which determines the consequences it believes in.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Melbourne Cup Day (2015)

The only public holiday in the world dedicated to a horse race, Melbourne Cup Day has been observed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, since the first Cup race was held there in 1867. For those who attend, it is a particularly glamorous event: the champagne flows, huge sums of money are wagered, and the women wear lavish hats while the men turn out in grey top hats and dark morning suits. A six-week festival, known as the Spring Racing Carnival, leads up to the big day and lasts well into November. More...
In the News

Devil's Nose or Emerald City?

Road workers in Colombia made an exciting find—emeralds—while digging in a remote area of the northwestern Boyacá region known to locals as The Devil's Nose. Colombia mines more than half of the world's emeralds, and Boyacá is one of the regions they come from. Once news of the find spread, people began flocking to the area in the hope of coming away with some emeralds of their own. Police have since closed the steep mountain road where the vein was unearthed, claiming it is a necessary safety measure. More...
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