Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 13, 2011)
Word of the Day

indisposed

Definition:(adjective) Somewhat ill or prone to illness.
Synonyms:ailing, peaked, poorly, under the weather, unwell, sickly, seedy
Usage: The princess is indisposed and has cancelled her engagements for the week to allow herself time to recuperate.
Article of the Day

The Book of Martyrs

Popularly known as The Book of Martyrs, The Actes and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Dayes was published by English Protestant clergyman John Foxe in the 16th century to praise Protestants martyred during the reign of Catholic monarch Mary I, who earned the nickname "Bloody Mary" for her religious persecutions. Lavishly illustrated, it was widely read and influenced popular opinion about Roman Catholicism for several centuries. How much did the book's first edition cost? More...
This Day in History

The New York Times Begins Publication of the Pentagon Papers (1971)

The Pentagon Papers were top secret government documents detailing US involvement in SE Asia from WWII to 1968. In 1971, a former government employee leaked portions of the 47-volume study, which revealed both miscalculation and deception on the part of US policymakers, to The New York Times, which began publishing articles about it. Citing national security, the Justice Department obtained an injunction against further publication, and the case went to the Supreme Court. How did it rule? More...
Today's Birthday

Gnaeus Julius Agricola (40 CE)

Agricola was a Roman general responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain, where he was made consul and governor after a distinguished military and political career. He pacified most of the territory, conquering North Wales and advancing far into Scotland, and also circumnavigated the island. His biography, the De Vita et Moribus Lulii AgricolaeThe Life and Character of Julius Agricola—was the first published work of his son-in-law, what Roman historian? More...
Quotation of the Day
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

advanced in years

Of an older age. More...
Today's Holiday

Second Day of Shavuot (2016)

Shavuot ("weeks") is the second of the three Pilgrim Festivals. At one time, all adult male Jews were expected to bring their first omer, or "sheaf," of barley to the Temple in Jerusalem as a thanksgiving offering. Today, dairy dishes are associated with Shavuot, particularly cheese blintzes. After the period of Jewish slavery in Egypt, Shavuot celebrated Moses' return from the top of Mt. Sinai with the two stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments, and it is therefore also known as the Festival of the Giving of the Law. Jews living in Israel observe only the first day of Shavuot. More...
In the News

Tobacco On Track to Kill One Billion in 21st Century

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, including 600,000 non-smokers. If current trends continue, tobacco could be killing eight million a year by 2030 and could ultimately be responsible for one billion deaths in the 21st century. The WHO has therefore been pushing for more countries to sign its F ramework Convention on Tobacco Control, a treaty that obliges signatories to implement measures aimed at cutting smoking rates, protecting people from secondhand smoke, and curbing tobacco advertising and promotion. More...
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