Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 23, 2015)
Word of the Day

hegemony

Definition:(noun) The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.
Synonyms:domination
Usage: Many great works of art were created during the hegemony of Athens in Greece.
Article of the Day

The Battle of Leyte Gulf

Widely considered one of the greatest naval engagements of all time, the Battle of Leyte Gulf was fought in the seas near the Philippines during World War II. The Japanese occupied the island of Leyte, which became the site of the first American landing in the campaign to recover the Philippines. Over three days in October 1944, American naval forces defeated almost the entire Japanese navy—thereby ensuring ultimate Allied victory. The battle saw the first use of what kind of aircraft tactic? More...
This Day in History

Cato Street Conspiracy: Plot to Kill British Cabinet Ministers Foiled (1820)

In 1816, Arthur Thistlewood, a member of the revolutionary Spencean Society in London, organized a public meeting at Spa Fields, at which a revolution was to be started. However, the meeting was easily dispersed, and Thistlewood was arrested and narrowly escaped conviction for treason. Undeterred, Thistlewood later plotted the assassination of cabinet members. The government, apprised of the conspiracy, surprised the plotters at their arsenal in a Cato Street loft. What became of Thistlewood? More...
Today's Birthday

Pope Paul II (1417)

Born in Venice as Pietro Barbo, Pope Paul II was the successor of Pope Pius II, and the nephew of Pope Eugene IV. A Renaissance pope, he patronized printing, beautified and improved Rome, and collected antiquities. Like Pius II, he was involved in struggles with the Bohemian George of Podebrad, who was the leader of the Utraquists, or the moderate Hussites, in the wars between Hussites and Catholics. Paul excommunicated George in 1466. Who succeeded Paul II as pope? More...
Quotation of the Day
A good principle not rightly understood may prove as hurtful as a bad.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

harrowing experience

An experience that is frightening, chilling, or disturbing, either due to an implied or actual element of danger, or from being physically or emotionally unpleasant. More...
Today's Holiday

Terminalia

In ancient Rome, February 23 marked the end of the year and was therefore an appropriate time to honor Terminus, the god of boundaries and landmarks. The terminus, a boundary stone that marked the outer limits of Rome, stood between the fifth and sixth milestones on the road to Laurentum. During the observance of the Terminalia, property owners would gather there—or at the boundary stones that marked their private lands—to place garlands around the stone and offer sacrifices. Afterward, there would be singing and socializing among family members and servants. More...
In the News

Paparazzi-Proof Clothes Foil Photogs

Betabrand, a US clothing company that specializes in inventive fashion, has created clothing that makes the wearer invisible in flash photographs—a potential boon for thwarting the paparazzi. The collection, created by DJ Chris Holmes and named "Flashback," features garments with glass nanospheres bonded to the fabric. When a camera flash goes off, the glass reflects it, interfering with the exposure and capturing only the wearer's silhouette. A tailored suit from the Flashback collection retails for about $520. More...
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