Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

solitudinarian

Definition:(noun) One leading a solitary or secluded life.
Synonyms:recluse, troglodyte, hermit
Usage: Peter, a self-proclaimed solitudinarian, lives in a cabin deep in the woods, miles from his closest neighbor.
Article of the Day

The Crinoline

Crinoline is a stiff fabric made with cotton warp and horsehair. By the 1850s, the term was being applied to a large, steel-framed underskirt used to give skirts a fuller shape. This sort of crinoline enjoyed widespread popularity for over a decade despite the fact that it could endanger one’s life. It is believed that a number of women burned to death in part because their crinolines made their garments more flammable. How, according to legend, did a crinoline save the life of one jilted lover? More...
This Day in History

Baldwin I Crowned First King of Jerusalem (1100)

The son of a French count, Baldwin joined the First Crusade and created the first Crusader state when in 1098 he gained control of Edessa, now in Turkey. In 1100, his brother Godfrey died in Jerusalem, and Baldwin was summoned by the nobles to succeed him as king of the Crusader state. He expanded the kingdom by conquering coastal cities and established an administration that served for 200 years as the basis for Frankish rule in Syria and Palestine. Where did Baldwin's coronation take place? More...
Today's Birthday

Clara Barton (1821)

Barton was a pioneering American nurse and humanitarian. During the American Civil War, she organized the distribution of medicine and supplies to wounded soldiers and nursed in army camps and battlefields, earning the title "Angel of the Battlefield." In Europe at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, she began doing relief work there under the auspices of the International Red Cross. In 1881, she organized the American Red Cross, heading it until 1904. Who was Barton's first-ever patient? More...
Quotation of the Day
Though home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit answered to, in strongest conjuration.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Today's Holiday

Crossing of the Delaware (2015)

On Christmas night in 1776, General George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River just before the Battle of Trenton. The crossing is reenacted on December 25 each year, beginning at Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, and ending on the opposite bank at Washington Crossing, New Jersey. The costumed actors who cross the river try to reproduce the scene exactly as it is depicted in the painting by Emanual Leutze: Green Mountain Boys sit in the bow, Gloucester fishermen man the oars, and General Washington stands with one foot on the gunwale. More...
In the News

Future of Frankincense Uncertain

Frankincense, an aromatic resin that features prominently in the Christmas story and is used extensively in religious rituals, is in danger of disappearing. Fires, grazing cattle, and longhorn beetles that lay their eggs under trees' bark are decimating populations of Boswellia trees, which are tapped to release the fragrant resin. Ecologists say that unless conservation efforts are undertaken, frankincense production could decline by half over the next 15 years and the trees themselves could be nearly wiped out within 50 years. More...
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