Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 29, 2012)
Word of the Day

indispose

Definition:(verb) Make unwilling.
Synonyms:disincline
Usage: I did not wish to indispose him still further by an appearance of marked curiosity.
Article of the Day

The Crimean War

As the once-mighty Ottoman Empire declined, major European powers began to compete for control of its territories. Eventually, the conflict escalated into a full-scale war, with Russia on one side and Great Britain, France, Sardinia, and the Ottoman Empire on the other. It was commanded poorly by both sides, and in the end, nothing was definitively settled. It was one of the first wars to be documented photographically. What caused many of the hundreds of thousands of casualties on both sides? More...
This Day in History

Gustav III of Sweden Dies of Infected Gunshot Wound (1792)

Gustav III was King of Sweden from 1771 to 1792. Having inherited a weakened Swedish throne, he established a new constitution that increased the crown's power. His numerous enlightened reforms antagonized the nobility, and when a group of Swedish officers mutinied during his unpopular war on Russia, he reinstated absolute monarchy. Gustav planned to form a league of European monarchs to oppose the French Revolution, but Swedish nobles had him assassinated. Where was Gustav when he was shot? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Jünger (1895)

Early in his career, Jünger, a German writer and WWI veteran, published novels based on his army experience. Strongly influenced by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, they glorified war and its sacrifice as the greatest physical and mental stimulants. He later opposed Hitler and rejected his own militarism, expressing instead a desire for peace in his wartime diaries and in futuristic novels like On the Marble Cliffs, an allegorical attack on Nazism. What is Jünger's best known work? More...
Quotation of the Day
You … know full well as I do the value of sisters' affections to each other: There is nothing like it in this world.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

come close to blows

To nearly devolve into a physical fight. More...
Today's Holiday

Madagascar Martyrs' Day (2016)

Madagascar Martyrs' Day memorializes those who died in the Revolt of 1947 against the French. Madagascar had been a French colony since 1896 and then was named an overseas territory within the French Union in the 1946 constitution. On March 29, 1947, the people staged a nationalist uprising against colonial forces. Casualties from the conflict were reported as high as 80,000. French military courts tried the leaders of the revolt and executed 20 of them. On March 29, the Malagasy government and people remember those patriots who sacrificed their lives for their country's freedom. More...
In the News

China Will Stop Taking Prisoners' Organs

China has pledged to put an end to its controversial practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners within the next five years. Approximately two-thirds of China's transplanted organs come from prisoners. China does not disclose the number of prisoners put to death each year, but human rights groups estimate that they number in the thousands. The government denies allegations that inmates are pressured to consent to donate their organs and says that the decision to shift to a nationwide public donation system was made because prisoners have high rates of infection and that this affects the long-term survival rates of organ recipients. More...
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