Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

annihilative

Definition:(adjective) Wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction.
Synonyms:withering, devastating
Usage: The possession of annihilative power has not slowed down the drive toward even more fiendish modes of inflicting wholesale death.
Article of the Day

The Fourth Crusade

Launched by Pope Innocent III in 1202, the Fourth Crusade was originally intended to conquer Muslim-controlled Jerusalem by means of an invasion through Egypt. Instead, the crusaders were persuaded to help Alexius IV Angelus help his father regain the Byzantine throne, in exchange for money and aid on their mission. Realizing the promise would not be kept, the crusaders ruthlessly sacked the Byzantine capital, Constantinople, for three days. Did they ever make it to Palestine? More...
This Day in History

Pontiac's Rebellion: Ojibwas Capture Fort Michilimackinac (1763)

In 1763, immediately after the French and Indian Wars, several Native American tribes allied against the British in an uprising that became known as Pontiac's Rebellion, after the Ottawa leader Pontiac. They captured and destroyed many British outposts. On the day of the surprise attack on Fort Michilimackinac, the Ojibwas, or Chippewas, approached the fort without arousing suspicion among the watching British soldiers by staging a game of baaga'adowe—the precursor of what modern sport? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward Elgar (1857)

Elgar was an English composer whose oratorio The Dream of Gerontius is considered one of the finest examples of English choral music in history. He received his training from his father and succeeded him as organist of St. George's Church, Worcester, in 1885. He earned recognition for his Imperial March, composed in 1897 for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, and for his Enigma Variations. His most popular works are his five marches, the first of which is what famous song? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a life of its own

The state of something that exists and thrives outside and beyond the control of the point of origin. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Elmo's Day (2016)

The day known as St. Elmo's Day is actually St. Erasmus's Day, in honor of a third-century Italian bishop who is thought to have suffered martyrdom around the year 304. Erasmus was a patron saint of sailors and was especially popular in the 13th century. Sometimes, at sea on stormy nights, sailors will see a pale, brushlike spray of electricity at the top of the mast. In the Middle Ages, they believed that these fires were the souls of the departed, rising to glory through the intercession of St. Elmo. Such an electrical display is still referred to as "St. Elmo's Fire." More...
In the News

E. Coli Outbreak Sickens 1,500 in Germany

A widespread enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) outbreak has health authorities in Europe cautioning people to avoid fresh produce until the source of the contamination is found. The outbreak has so far sickened more than 1,500 people in several European countries and killed 17. Most of the infections took place in or around the German city of Hamburg. This strain is particularly dangerous because it can cause hemolytic-uremic syndrome, which can cause kidney damage and even death. In this particular outbreak, a greater than normal percentage of patients are developing the condition. More...
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