Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

lying-in

Definition:(noun) Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child.
Synonyms:childbed, confinement, parturiency, travail, labor
Usage: After seven hours of lying-in, Carol gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl.
Article of the Day

The Gentleman's Magazine

The word magazine once referred not to a type of periodical, but to a storehouse. Then, in 1731, Edward Cave founded The Gentleman's Magazine. Considered the first English-language magazine in the modern sense of the word, the London-based publication was a monthly "storehouse" of news and commentary. It reached a wide audience with its extensive distribution system and remained in print for nearly 200 years. What famous writer found his first writing job at the magazine? More...
This Day in History

Portuguese Restoration War Begins (1640)

Following the death of Henry, the cardinal-king of Portugal, in 1580, Philip II of Spain assumed control of Portugal by force of arms. The "Spanish captivity" lasted for 60 years. Finally, in 1640, the Portuguese took advantage of Philip IV's preoccupation with a rebellion in Catalonia and revolted. The Portuguese dethroned him and reclaimed independence for Portugal. Undeterred, Philip fought for decades to regain control of Portugal. When did Spain finally recognize Portugal's independence? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls (1933)

Rawls was an American soul, jazz, and blues singer known for his smooth vocal style. He began singing in his church choir at the age of seven and later sang with local Chicago groups. Though he was pronounced dead after a severe car accident in 1958 that left him in a coma for several days, he recovered and went on to enjoy a successful career, winning multiple Grammy Awards and selling more than 40 million records. Who once credited Rawls with having the "silkiest chops in the singing game"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

good God!

An oath expressing surprise, shock, frustration, anger, or annoyance. More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal Restoration of Independence Day (2016)

This public holiday commemorates the restoration of Portugal's independence from Spain on December 1, 1640. Philip II (1527-1598) of Spain assumed control of Portugal in 1580 upon the death of Henry, prince of Portugal, and the "Spanish captivity" lasted for 60 years. Revolution began in Lisbon, and, in 1640, the Portuguese dethroned Philip IV (1605-1665; grandson of Philip II) and reclaimed independence for Portugal. More...
In the News

UN Approves Recognition of Sovereign Palestinian State

Despite the objections of the US and Israel, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of granting the Palestinians non-member observer state status, effectively recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state. The assembly voted 138 to 9 in favor, with 41 abstentions. Symbolically, the vote came 65 years to the day after the UN adopted a resolution partitioning the British Mandate for Palestine into two states, one of which was Israel. Opponents of the measure say it will only further hinder peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but for now the Palestinians are simply celebrating their newfound status. More...
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