Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 05, 2014)
Word of the Day

mire

Definition:(noun) An area of wet, soggy, muddy ground; a bog.
Synonyms:morass, quag, quagmire
Usage: At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels.
Article of the Day

"Mad King Ludwig" of Bavaria

Ludwig II became king in 1864 and reigned until his death in 1886. While the handsome, talented, and liberal young prince faced high expectations upon his accession, his eccentricity alienated his subjects. He did, however, remain the patron and friend of composer Richard Wagner, who for many years exerted a strong influence over him. In time, Ludwig began to isolate himself, and his insanity eventually necessitated confinement at his Bavarian château. What was mysterious about Ludwig's death? More...
This Day in History

The Gunpowder Plot Is Thwarted (1605)

Angered by King James I's refusal to grant more religious toleration to Catholics, a group of conspirators plotted to blow up Parliament and kill the king. The plot was discovered, and conspirator Guy Fawkes was arrested in a cellar under the palace at Westminster, where he had concealed 36 barrels of gunpowder. Under torture, he revealed the names of his coconspirators, and they were all either killed while resisting arrest or executed in 1606. How is November 5 celebrated in England today? More...
Today's Birthday

William James Durant (1885)

Durant was an American historian and essayist. In 1926, he published The Story of Philosophy, which soon became a bestseller. He then began a decades-long project—the writing of a comprehensive history of civilization. The result was The Story of Civilization, a monumental, 4,000,000-word, 10,000-page work stretching from prehistory to the 19th century. The series, published in 11 volumes from 1935 to 1975, introduced millions to intellectual history. Who coauthored the work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have the guts (to do something)

To have enough courage, conviction, or resolve (to do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Día del Puno (2015)

Each year a festival takes place in Puno, Peru, during the first week in November to mark the legendary birth of the first Inca ruler, Manco Capac, and his wife, Mama Ocllo. On November 5, the date associated with their birth, a parade of reed boats, called balsas, accompanies an elaborately decorated boat that takes a couple playing the roles of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo to an island in the lake. There, the birth is dramatically reenacted. Festivities include performances by traditional dance and musical groups, sporting events, exhibits, and a crafts fair. More...
In the News

Fugitive Mayor Arrested in Mexico

Mexican federal police have captured the fugitive former mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, and his wife, sought for their suspected role in the abduction and probable massacre of 43 student teachers in September. It is alleged that Abarca and his wife ordered local police to prevent a group of students from disrupting a political event. Several of the protesters were killed in the ensuing clashes, while 43 others were taken and handed over to a local drug gang with ties to the mayor's wife. The missing have not been seen or heard from since, and statements from captured gang members indicate they were killed and buried in a mass grave. More...
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