Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 28, 2017)
Word of the Day

rampart

Definition:(noun) A fortification consisting of an embankment, often with a parapet built on top.
Synonyms:bulwark, wall
Usage: They stormed the ramparts of the city with ladders and catapults.
Article of the Day

Hussars

Hussars originated in 15th-century Hungary as a light-horse corps, but the term now applies to members of various light cavalry regiments in European armies, renowned for their elegant dress. The brilliantly colored Hungarian hussar's uniform consisted of a high cylindrical cap, a jacket with heavy braiding, and a loose coat worn hanging from the left shoulder. Several hussar regiments of the British army survive today as armored units. What were the original meanings of the word "hussar"? More...
This Day in History

NATO's First Military Action (1994)

Founded in 1949 by the US, Canada, and 10 European countries as a security pact against the Soviet bloc, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization did not actually perform any military operations for its first 45 years in existence. With the fall of the Soviet Union, however, its focus shifted to regional peacekeeping—and thus, in 1994, NATO forces took action in the Bosnian War. After the September 11 attacks, NATO invoked Article 5 of its charter for the first time in history. What is Article 5? More...
Today's Birthday

Michel de Montaigne (1533)

On his 38th birthday, Montaigne retreated to his library in a tower of his family's French château, and there he spent most of the next decade thinking, reading, and writing. The result was Essais, or Attempts, a series of short prose reflections on many subjects that form one of the most captivating and intimate self-portraits ever written. Montaigne's Essais established the essay as a literary form. What personal tragedy may have prompted Montaigne to begin writing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

(as) mad as hops

Enraged; extremely or inconsolably angry. More...
Today's Holiday

Ta'anit Esther (Fast of Esther) (2018)

The Fast of Esther commemorates the three days that Queen Esther fasted before petitioning her husband, King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) of Persia, to spare the Jews of her country from destruction by Haman, the Persian prime minister, in the sixth century BCE. Ordinarily observed on the 13th day of the Jewish month of Adar, this date was originally a minor festival commemorating Judah Maccabee's defeat of the Syrian general Nicanor, known as the "Day of Nicanor." In time it gave way to the present Fast of Esther. More...
In the News

46 Years Later, Apollo 11 Hits the Road Again

After finding its home at the Smithsonian in Washington for more than four decades, the command module of the historic moon landing spacecraft Apollo 11 is going on "a road trip." The tour, featuring a new exhibit, will visit four cities across the ... More...
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