Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

demitasse

Definition:(noun) Small cup of strong black coffee without milk or cream.
Synonyms:cafe noir
Usage: He began to frequent another cafe, where more newspapers were taken and his postprandial demitasse cost him a penny extra.
Article of the Day

The Divine Right of Kings

The divine right of kings is the belief that kings derive their right to rule by the will of God—regardless of the approval of any earthly authority. According to this doctrine, the king's authority is inherited from his ancestors, whom God appointed to rule. Because such a king answers only to God, resistance to him is seen as sinful. James I of England strongly promoted the concept in the early 1600s, and the coronation ceremony for British monarchs still contains what hints of the doctrine? More...
This Day in History

Alexander II of Russia Signs the Edict of Emancipation (1861)

Signed by Czar Alexander II, the 1861 Edict of Emancipation granted liberty to more than 23 million serfs, about a third of the Russian population. The edict extended to the serfs the full rights of citizens, in particular, the right to own property—which they were to receive from the landlords and pay off over time. However, the process by which they were to acquire the land was slow, complex, and expensive. What was the village commune that controlled the peasants' landholdings called? More...
Today's Birthday

Jamsetji Tata (1839)

Tata was an Indian entrepreneur and pioneer industrialist known as "the father of Indian industry." He began his career at his father's trading firm but formed his own company in 1868 and had early success in the textile industry, buying, selling, and setting up cotton mills. He went on to establish the Tata Group of companies, which now has interests in steel, automobiles, information technology, energy, tea, and hotels. Tata died in 1904 while on a trip where? More...
Quotation of the Day
If I had followed my better judgment always, my life would have been a very dull one.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950)

Idiom of the Day

bare (one's) teeth

To display an angry, violent, and/or threatening reaction to or against something or someone, as does a dog or wolf when threatened. More...
Today's Holiday

Bulgaria's Day of Liberation from Ottoman Domination (2016)

Bulgaria's Day of Liberation from Ottoman Domination, celebrated each year on March 3, commemorates the day in 1878 when the Peace Treaty of San Stefano was struck between Russia and Turkey. Throughout Bulgaria, citizens pause on this day to pay tribute to those who helped Bulgaria to become a modern, independent country. Festivities often include parades, concerts, religious services, cultural exhibitions, and fireworks. Those who died fighting for Bulgaria's freedom are honored by the placement of ceremonial wreaths upon their graves. More...
In the News

First Quadruple Limb Transplant Fails

Sadly, the world's first ever quadruple limb transplant has failed and the patient has died. Just over a week ago, the 27-year-old patient underwent a grueling 20-hour procedure to replace both of his arms and legs, which he lost in an accident in 1998. Doctors struggled to keep him alive following the transplant, but metabolic complications forced them to remove the limbs in the days that followed. Despite their exhaustive efforts, the patient died on Monday. More...
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