Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

disinterest

Definition:(noun) Freedom from selfish bias or self-interest; impartiality.
Synonyms:neutrality
Usage: The old judge, who usually conducted herself with disinterest, seemed to favor the prosecution from the start in this case.
Article of the Day

The Dissolution of the Monasteries

Between 1536 and 1541, English King Henry VIII disbanded hundreds of monasteries and convents in England, appropriating their lands and stripping them of everything of value—including their roofs. Henry carried out this program of dissolution as head of the Church of England, transferring a massive amount of land, wealth, and income to the crown. The monks and nuns were absorbed into their orders, but the dissolution of the monasteries led to the loss of what culturally valuable institutions? More...
This Day in History

Romania Cedes Bessarabia to the USSR (1940)

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the region of Bessarabia declared its independence and voted to unite with Romania. The Soviet Union never recognized Romania's right to the province and, in 1940, demanded that it cede Bessarabia. When Romania complied, the USSR set up the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic and incorporated the northern region into the Ukrainian SSR. Bessarabia remained divided after Ukraine and Moldavia declared independence in 1991. Where did the region get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712)

Rousseau was a Swiss-French philosopher and writer who had a lasting impact on politics, literature, and education. In particular, he strongly influenced the theories of the French Revolution and the romantics. Many of his ideas stemmed from his belief in the natural goodness of man, who he felt had been warped by society. His Confessions, published posthumously in 1782, was a frank account of his life and was a founding work of autobiography. Why was he forced to flee France in 1762? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

drive (someone) potty

To make someone particularly annoyed, vexed, or crazy. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Ukraine Constitution Day

Having gained independence in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine began working on drafting a new constitution. The final document was written and approved by the country's parliament on June 28, 1996. The constitution created a democratic form of government that guarantees human rights and freedoms for its citizens under the rule of law. Since it is a fairly new holiday, traditions have not yet been established to celebrate the day. In Kiev, popular Ukrainian musicians and singers give concerts in Maidan Nezalezhnosty Square. More...
In the News

Books Behind Bars Cutting Sentences in Brazil

The Brazilian federal penitentiary system has found a novel solution to its overcrowding problem: offering inmates shortened sentences as a reward for reading. The new "Redemption through Reading" program is being implemented in four federal prisons, where eligible inmates will be able to cut their sentences by as much as 48 days a year by reading works of literature, philosophy, science, or the classics and then writing essays about the material. In order to qualify, the essays must meet certain standards, including having proper paragraph structure, being free of errors, and being written in cursive. More...
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