Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

impendent

Definition:(adjective) Close in time; about to occur.
Synonyms:imminent, at hand
Usage: After a long and grueling career at the factory, Larry was eagerly anticipating his impendent retirement.
Article of the Day

The Gin Craze

In 18th-century London, an unprecedented rise in the popularity of gin led to a decades-long epidemic of extreme public drunkenness known as the Gin Craze. Moral outrage and legislative action ensued. Between 1729 and 1751, a series of laws were passed to control gin consumption. Often, such laws resulted in mass law-breaking. Lower wages, rising food prices, and the unprofitability of gin production eventually conspired to end the craze. How had gin become so popular in the first place? 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, then, he sat, the sign and symbol of a man without faith, hopelessly holding up hope in the midst of despair.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

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

Is Infidelity Written All Over Your Face?

Apparently, if you are a man, it might be. Women have a certain gut instinct when it comes to telling whether a man is likely to be a cheater, and a simple portrait photograph is all they need in some cases. By just looking at a photo of a man's face, women in a recent study were able to ascertain with some degree of accuracy whether or not he had cheated on a partner at some point in his life. Masculinity may have something to do with the women's assessment process, as they tended to judge the more masculine-looking men as unfaithful. More...
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