Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 05, 2016)
Word of the Day

repertory

Definition:(noun) The entire range of skills or aptitudes or devices used in a particular field or occupation.
Synonyms:repertoire
Usage: When the band had exhausted its repertory it took wing and settled upon the rocks above and behind the queen.
Article of the Day

The Vestments Controversy

Arising during the English Reformation, the vestments controversy superficially pertained to vestments—liturgical garments worn by clergy members—but more fundamentally concerned the future of English Protestant identity, doctrine, and various church practices. The controversy stemmed in part from a debate about whether or not the wearing of vestments should be required during certain religious ceremonies. The development of which two branches of Protestantism was affected by the debate? 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
Few are the hearts whose happy lot it is at once to recognize in each other's voices the partner intended for them by Providence.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

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

The Real Reason Why Daylight Saving Time Is a Thing

This weekend, when American clocks turn back an hour at Nov. 6 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time, the move will bring an end to the period of Daylight Saving Time that marked precisely a century since the first such policy went into effect. That Daylight ... More...
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