Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 21, 2016)
Word of the Day

excursionist

Definition:(noun) A tourist who is visiting sights of interest.
Synonyms:rubberneck, sightseer, tripper
Usage: The city's economy depends on tourism, and an influx of enthusiastic excursionists is always welcome.
Article of the Day

Anarchist Catalonia

Anarchism, a political theory that favors the abolition of all forms of government, started a profound libertarian revolution throughout Spain. During the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, Catalonia was established as an anarchist stronghold and much of the region's economy was put under worker control: factories were run through worker committees, agrarian areas became collectivized, and even hotels and restaurants were managed by their workers. When did Catalonia fall to Spain's nationalists? More...
This Day in History

German Socialist Kurt Eisner Is Assassinated (1919)

Eisner was a German journalist and politician. From 1898, he was editor of Vorwärts, the official Social Democratic Party newspaper. He joined the Independent Social Democratic Party in 1917, later becoming its leader. In November 1918, he organized a Socialist revolution that overthrew the monarchy in Bavaria, and he became the first prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the new Bavarian republic. In February 1919, Eisner was assassinated while on his way to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Andrés Segovia (1893)

Segovia was a Spanish guitarist whose transcriptions of early contrapuntal music, along with his concerts and recordings, were largely responsible for the 20th-century resurgence of interest in the guitar and its possibilities as a concert instrument. Almost entirely self-taught, he made his debut in Grenada in 1909 and by the 1920s was touring internationally. He continued to perform into his 90s. Which composers wrote works just for Segovia? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

good omen

A sign, either real or imagined, of good fortune or a propitious outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Feralia (2016)

This ancient Roman festival marked the culmination of a week-long celebration in honor of the manes, spirits of the dead. It began on February 13 with the Parentalia, a private celebration in honor of deceased family members, and ended on February 21 with a public celebration known as the Feralia. This was the day on which offerings and gifts were placed on the graves of the deceased and the anniversary of the funeral feast was celebrated. The Feralia was similar to the later Christian holiday, All Souls' Day. More...
In the News

Americans Are Sleep Deprived. Could Getting Married Help?

It doesn't take a government study to tell many Americans what they already know: They're not getting enough sleep. But the latest study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- which shows that 35 percent of U.S. adults don't get ... More...
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