Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

manumit

Definition:(verb) Free from slavery or servitude.
Synonyms:emancipate
Usage: If I truly wanted to manumit the slave boy, I would have to buy his freedom.
Article of the Day

Freetown Christiania

Freetown Christiania is a semi-autonomous neighborhood of about 850 residents in Copenhagen, Denmark. It dates to 1971, when hippies and squatters took over an area of recently abandoned military barracks and formed a commune there. In the liberal-minded community, meditation is paramount and both guns and cars are banned. Christiania is famous for its cannabis trade, which still thrives despite government attempts to stop it. What is the name of the main street where drugs are sold? More...
This Day in History

French National Assembly Adopts Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1790)

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy was an act passed during the French Revolution that subordinated the Roman Catholic Church to the state. Under the act, citizens would elect clergymen and the state would pay their wages. When the National Assembly ordered the clergy to take an oath supporting the Civil Constitution, many refused. The resulting schism within the French church caused many Catholics to turn against the Revolution. What effect did the constitution have on monastic orders? More...
Today's Birthday

Milton Berle (1908)

Berle was an American comedian and the first major US television star. He began acting in vaudeville at age 10 and went on to perform in more than 50 silent films, on radio, and as a nightclub comedian. His great success, however, was as the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater, which earned him the nickname "Mr. Television." He contributed significantly to the medium's growing popularity, and many are said to have bought TV sets just to watch "Uncle Miltie." How did he get that nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a hopeless endeavor to attract people to a theater unless they can be first brought to believe that they will never get into it.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

go through a phase

To experience or be in the midst of a temporary period of change, development, or fluctuation. More...
Today's Holiday

Orange Day

Sometimes referred to simply as The Twelfth, this is the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. In 1668, James II, who was Roman Catholic, was deposed and his throne was given to William of Orange, a Protestant. The Protestants won a decisive victory and formed the Orange Order, committed to maintaining the link with Protestant England. As Irishmen left Ireland and England for the New World, lodges of Orangemen were formed in Canada and the United States, where Orange Day is still observed by Protestant Irish. More...
In the News

Americans Living Longer but Not Better

Between 1990 and 2010, overall US life expectancy rose by three years, from 75.2 to 78.2, yet the medical system's ability to keep Americans healthy and enjoying a good quality of life has not kept pace. Despite the fact that the US spends more per capita on health care than any other country, it has lagged behind many other wealthy nations on numerous health measures. Lifestyle factors like poor diet and tobacco use likely play a role in this. More...
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