Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 09, 2015)
Word of the Day

lionize

Definition:(verb) To look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity.
Synonyms:celebrate
Usage: She lionized her older brother and was always proud to be seen with him.
Article of the Day

The Shabak

The Shin Bet, now known as the Shabak, was founded as a branch of the Israeli Defense Forces when Israel declared its independence. It is one of three principal organizations of the Israeli Intelligence Community and is responsible for monitoring terrorist organizations and interrogating terror suspects. The Shabak has recently been criticized for its excessively violent interrogation techniques and for lying about evidence gathering. What was the "Kav 300 Affair"? 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
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

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

Stonehenge May Actually Have Been Erected in Wales, then Moved and Reassembled

Comedian Eddie Izzard has a fantastic bit about Stonehenge. The famous monument - located in Wiltshire, England - is partially made from Welsh stones hewn about 200 miles away away. The Welsh stone masons, he jokes, must have been snowed into ... More...
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