Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

sacristy

Definition:(noun) A room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held.
Synonyms:vestry
Usage: We were admitted to the sacristy and shown the magnificent robes which the Pope wore when he crowned Napoleon I.
Article of the Day

The Missorium of Theodosius I

The Missorium of Theodosius I is a silver ceremonial dish that is 29 in (79 cm) across and weighs about 34 lb (15 kg). It was probably made in Constantinople in 388 CE to commemorate the rule of Theodosius I, the last Roman emperor to rule both the Eastern and Western Empires. The ornate dish is one of the best surviving examples of late antique imperial imagery and features Theodosius flanked by his co-emperors, an iconography that was later adopted by Western Christianity and given what name? More...
This Day in History

Electricity Generated for First Time at Nuclear Power Plant (1951)

Now a US National Historic Landmark, the Experimental Breeder Reactor I in Idaho became the world's first electricity-generating nuclear power plant in 1951, when it produced enough electricity to illuminate four light bulbs. After the initial test, it subsequently generated sufficient electricity to power its building and continued to be used for experimental purposes until it was decommissioned in 1964. Today, the site is open to the public during what times of the year? More...
Today's Birthday

Harvey Firestone (1868)

In 1900, Firestone formed a company to manufacture and sell rubber tires for horse-drawn vehicles, but within four years, his business had shifted to making tires for the burgeoning auto market. Sales to Ford Motor Company helped put Firestone Tire & Rubber Company at the top of the US tire industry. In 1924, Firestone established his own rubber plantations in Liberia, effectively defeating the British rubber cartel. What was "The Millionaires Club," and who besides Firestone was a member? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men become old, but they never become good.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Carriacou Parang Festival (2015)

The Carriacou Parang Festival has been held annually since 1977 to sustain the musical tradition of house-to-house serenading by acoustic string bands at Christmas time. Organized parang groups from villages throughout Carriacou, its neighboring island Petit Martinique, and Grenada compete for cash prizes and a challenge trophy. Groups comprise not more than eight members, all dressed in colorful outfits to reflect the festive season. Some of the instruments used include the bass drum, guitar, violin, marack (shack-shack), mandolin, saxophone, and others. More...
In the News

North Korea Mourning Leader's Death

After 17 years in power, North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il passed away on Saturday at the age of 69. The world's only hereditary communist ruler, he will be succeeded by the youngest of his three sons, Kim Jong-un. North Korea will observe a period of national mourning until December 29. News of Kim Jong-il's death has sparked concern in neighboring regions, and South Korea, which is still technically at war with the North, has put its military on high alert. More...
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