Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

rebutter

Definition:(noun) A debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument.
Synonyms:confuter
Usage: Although our opponent's speech was well-received by the crowd, our rebutter was confident that she could disprove most of his claims.
Article of the Day

Anger

Derived from an Old Norse word meaning "sorrow," anger is an emotion whose merits have been debated by philosophers and scientists alike since antiquity. Galen and Seneca, for example, regarded anger as a kind of madness and saw value in controlling it. Marcus Aurelius viewed it as a sign of weakness. Aristotle, however, believed anger to be useful for preventing injustice because it arises from perceived injustice. What have recent studies shown about the association between anger and optimism? More...
This Day in History

America's First Serving African-American Governor Takes Office (1872)

Born to a former slave and a white planter, Pinckney Pinchback was America's first African-American governor. During the American Civil War, he raised and led a company of black Union volunteers, called the Corps d'Afrique, in Union-held New Orleans. After the war, he was elected to the Louisiana senate and served as lieutenant governor. In 1872, he became governor when Henry Warmoth was impeached. How long was it before another African American held a gubernatorial office in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

John Milton (1608)

Considered the greatest English poet after William Shakespeare, Milton wrote 23 sonnets that are accepted as among the best ever written as well as the epic Paradise Lost. This masterpiece reworks Classical epic conventions to recount the fall of man in blank verse and contains a portrayal of Satan so compelling that many 19th century critics considered him, not Adam, to be the real hero of the epic. The 12-volume work was completed well after Milton became blind. How did he compile it? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are two sorts of beauty, one of the mind, the other of the body; that of the mind displays and exhibits itself in intelligence, in modesty, in honorable conduct, in generosity, in good breeding...and when it is this sort of beauty...that is the attraction, love is apt to spring up suddenly and violently.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Tanzania Independence Day (2015)

Tanzania Independence Day is a celebration of the independence—from the British in 1961—of Tanganyika, which merged with Zanzibar in 1964 to become Tanzania. The day is a national holiday celebrated with parades, youth leagues marching before the president at the stadium in Dar es Salaam, school games, cultural dances, and aerobatics by the air force. More...
In the News

Shooting at Virginia Tech Sparks Campus-Wide Lockdown

A shooting yesterday at Virginia Tech University, the site of one of the deadliest shooting rampages in US history, sparked a four-hour campus lockdown while police searched for the gunman. According to reports, shortly after noon on Thursday, a man walked over to a campus police officer involved in a routine traffic stop, shot and killed him, and then fled. A second gunshot victim, who also died, was later found in a campus parking lot. It is now believed that this second victim was in fact the shooter and that he took his own life. For many, yesterday's shooting was a frightening reminder of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre that claimed the lives of 32 people. More...
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