Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

impute

Definition:(verb) Attribute or credit to.
Synonyms:ascribe, attribute, assign
Usage: Keller, why does your article impute things to my father without the slightest foundation?
Article of the Day

Jim Ignatowski

Ranked 32nd on TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time," Jim Ignatowski was a character played by Christopher Lloyd in the 1970s television series Taxi. A burned-out product of 1960s counterculture, Ignatowski lived in a world of his own, often exhibiting "spaced-out" behavior as a result of his extensive drug use. However, Lloyd was able to add much humanity to what could have been a one-dimensional role. What did Ignatowski do when he inherited $3 million? More...
This Day in History

Operation Vijay: India Annexes Daman and Diu (1961)

Spanning less than 50 square miles (130 sq km) on the coast of India, Daman and Diu became Portuguese colonies in the 16th century, along with the port of Goa. After India gained independence from the UK in 1947, its government began working toward the return of all Indian colonies held by Portugal. Portugal, however, violently suppressed peaceful Indian activists opposed to its continued rule. After Indian forces invaded, how many days did it take for them to annex Daman and Diu? More...
Today's Birthday

Carter Godwin Woodson (1875)

Born into a poor African-American family, Woodson had little formal schooling until he was in his late teens. Yet he went on to earn a PhD and become a prominent historian, author, and journalist. He devoted his life to promoting African-American education and history, founding the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and writing, editing, and publishing books and periodicals on African-American life, history, and culture. What nationwide annual observance did he establish? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Today's Holiday

Opalia (2018)

The ancient Roman fertility goddess Ops was known by several different names—among them Rhea, Cybele, Bona Dea and Magna Mater. She married Saturn and was the mother of Jupiter, and was usually portrayed as a matron, with a loaf of bread in her left hand and her right hand opened as if offering assistance. Not much is known about what actually took place during the Opalia. It appears that women played an important role in the festival. Because Ops was a fertility godess, she was often invoked by touching the earth. More...
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