Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

samizdat

Definition:(noun) A system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident or banned literature.
Synonyms:underground press
Usage: The samizdat was successful in disseminating the banned literature until an informant turned in its chief operator.
Article of the Day

Go

Go, a two player board game, originated in China before 2000 BCE, and its popularity has since spread worldwide. Players take turns placing game pieces, or stones, on the vacant intersections of a 19x19 grid. The objective is to control a larger territory than one's opponent, and this is accomplished by surrounding, capturing, and removing the opposing player's stones. The game ends when neither player can increase his territory or reduce his opponent's. How is a player's score calculated? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Assassinated (1170)

Becket was a brilliant administrator and diplomat who served as chancellor of England under Henry II. In a bid to reinforce royal control of the church, Henry appointed Becket archbishop of Canterbury in 1162. However, Becket embraced his duties devoutly and opposed royal interference in the church. This led him to be denounced as a traitor, whereupon he fled to France to live in exile. Upon his return in 1170, he once again drew the ire of the king and was murdered by whom soon after? More...
Today's Birthday

William Ewart Gladstone (1809)

Gladstone, a British statesman, served as prime minister four times between 1868 and 1894, a period in which he was the Liberal party's dominant personality. A great orator and master of finance, he was deeply religious and brought a highly moralistic tone to politics. To many, he represented the best qualities of Victorian England, but he was also passionately disliked, most notably by Queen Victoria and his chief political rival, Benjamin Disraeli. What famous quips resulted from the rivalry? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Today's Holiday

Fiesta of the Black St. Benito (2015)

This fiesta is celebrated by a number of locales in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, and is especially popular in Bobures. After early morning mass, the chimbángueles, or vassals of the saint, put St. Benito's statue on a litter and surround it with flowers. They then carry it through the streets while performing an unusual bouncing kind of dance, in which they continually move forward and backward to the accompaniment of seven drums. Throughout the long procession, St. Benito's image is sprinkled with perfumes and presented with drinks of homemade whiskey. More...
In the News

Tim Peake Called Parents from Space...But Got Answerphone

British astronaut Tim Peake was forced to leave an answerphone message for his parents after calling them from the International Space Station because they had "popped out." Nigel and Angela Peake, who travelled to Khazakhstan, to see the launch last ... More...
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