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

Second Battle of Panipat (1556)

The Mughal empire was a Muslim imperial power that ruled most of the Asian subcontinent between the 16th and 19th centuries. Led by Babur, the dynasty's founder, Mughal forces made an inroad into India in 1526, occupying Delhi in the first Battle of Panipat. Babur was succeeded by his son, who soon lost the empire to the Afghan Sher Khan. In 1556, Babur's grandson came to power and defeated the army of Hemu in the Second Battle of Panipat. What became of Hemu? More...
Today's Birthday

Roy Rogers (1911)

A former fruit picker and cowboy, the guitar-strumming Rogers—born Leonard Franklin Slye—began his musical career in the 1930s as a radio performer. He later founded the Sons of the Pioneers, a singing trio that began appearing in movies in 1935, and soon succeeded Gene Autry as America's favorite singing cowboy in movies of the mid-1940s. Rogers appeared in dozens of B movies with his wife, Dale Evans, and his famous horse, Trigger. What was the theme song of their television program? 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)

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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