Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

steadfast

Definition:(adjective) Marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable.
Synonyms:unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering, firm, steady, stiff
Usage: He remained steadfast in his belief that he had done the right thing.
Article of the Day

James the Just

James the Just was an important figure in early Christianity whose exact relationship to Jesus has been the subject of much debate. Several early sources refer to him as the "brother" of Jesus, and scholars differ about whether he was a half-brother, cousin, or merely a brother in spirit like the other apostles. After Jesus’ crucifixion, James led the Christian movement as the first bishop of Jerusalem. What evidence exists to explain how James might or might not have been related to Jesus? More...
This Day in History

Chávez Leads Coup d'État against Venezuelan President Pérez (1992)

In 1989, Venezuelan President Carlos Pérez returned to office amid demonstrations and riots sparked by deteriorating social conditions. Three years later, Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chávez led an unsuccessful coup against Pérez and was jailed as a result. Pérez escaped another coup attempt later that year, but in 1993 he was removed from office on corruption charges and later imprisoned on charges of embezzlement and misuse of public funds. When did Chávez become president? More...
Today's Birthday

Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan (1917)

Yahya Khan was the president of Pakistan from 1969 to 1971. As president, he inherited a two-decade old constitutional problem of interethnic rivalry, complicated by economic grievances and the problem of transforming a virtual autocracy into a democracy. He declared martial law, but it failed to curb domestic unrest, and civil war between East and West Pakistan broke out. Pakistan's army was defeated, and Yahya Khan resigned after the establishment of what independent republic in 1971? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

15 minutes of fame

A brief period of celebrity or notoriety. The term was coined by artist Andy Warhol. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Agatha Festival

Sant' Agata (St. Agatha) is especially revered in Catania, Sicily, where her relics are preserved in a silver casket. On February 3, 4, and 5 each year, a silver bust of St. Agatha wearing a jewel-encrusted crown is carried in procession from the cathedral to Catania's various churches. Included in the procession are the ceri, huge wooden replicas of candlesticks that are carved with episodes from the saint's martyrdom. The streets are lined with streamers and flowers, and illuminated by strings of colored lights after dark. The festival ends with a fireworks display in the piazza. More...
In the News

More Than 100 Missing in Ferry Sinking

Some 246 people were rescued following the sinking of a passenger ferry off of the east coast of Papua New Guinea, but scores are still unaccounted for and feared dead. About 350 people, many of them students, were aboard the MV Rabaul Queen when it sank on Thursday. It is possible that many of the missing were trapped inside the ferry when it went under, but rescuers are still searching in the hopes of locating more survivors. More...
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