Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

hardihood

Definition:(noun) The trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger.
Synonyms:boldness, daring
Usage: He could not walk the street with any peace of mind, so conscious was he that the gentle and timid would turn aside to avoid him, and that others would make it a point of hardihood to throw themselves in his way.
Article of the Day

Clovis I

Traditionally regarded as the founder of the French monarchy, Clovis was born in the 5th century to a Frankish tribal leader. He became the sole ruler of the Salian Franks by force of perseverance—and by murdering a number of relatives. He defeated the last Roman ruler of Gaul, united the Frankish tribes to become ruler of their entire kingdom, made Paris his base of operations, and extended his realm into Germany. What experience supposedly influenced him to convert to Christianity? More...
This Day in History

John Lennon Shot by Mark David Chapman (1980)

While returning to his New York hotel with wife Yoko Ono one evening, John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman, a delusional and possibly psychotic Beatles fan. Chapman eventually elected not to pursue an insanity defense and instead pled guilty to the murder, receiving a sentence of 20 years to life in prison. He has since been denied parole on several occasions. Rather than flee the scene after shooting Lennon, Chapman hung around and read from what book until police arrived? More...
Today's Birthday

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832)

Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer, editor, and theatre director who won the 1903 Nobel Prize for Literature. He worked to stimulate national pride by linking Norwegian history and legend to modern ideals and sought to revive Norwegian as a literary language. His poem "Yes, We Love This Land Forever" serves as the lyrics of the Norwegian national anthem. Bjørnson is known as one of "the four great ones" of 19th-century Norwegian literature. Who are the other three? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them again, "Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone."

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (2015)

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is an important day throughout Latin America, but it is especially significant in the Mexican town of San Juan de los Lagos, where the celebration begins several days in advance. The town temporarily renames the streets where the festival will occur. On Calle de Alegria (Joy Street), for example, there are puppet shows, side shows, and musical performances. On the morning of December 8, the 11-inch image of the Virgin Mary leaves the local church, carried by priests on a silver litter. More...
In the News

7.3-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan

Japan is still reeling from the massive earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear disaster in 2011, and the last thing the people there need is another powerful earthquake, but that is exactly what they got yesterday anyway. A 7.3-magnitude quake centered off the northeastern coast of Japan shook buildings across the island and triggered a one-meter tsunami that hit an area in Miyagi Prefecture that had sustained significant damage in last year's 9.0-magnitude quake. While frightening for many residents, yesterday's events luckily did little major damage. More...
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