Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

harbor

Definition:(verb) Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings).
Synonyms:nurse, entertain, hold
Usage: I harbor a grudge for much longer than I should and am working on being more forgiving.
Article of the Day

Latakia

Latakia is Syria's principal port city and a manufacturing center for nearby agricultural towns and villages. Formerly the ancient Phoenician city of Ramitha, it was rebuilt circa 290 BCE by one of Alexander the Great's generals and prospered under Roman rule. Byzantines and Arabs fought over it from the 7th to 11th century, and it was captured in 1098 by the Crusaders and in 1188 by Saladin. From the 16th century to WWI, it was part of the Ottoman Empire, after which it fell into whose hands? More...
This Day in History

US President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (1964)

Proposed by President John F. Kennedy and strengthened and passed under President Johnson, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is widely considered the most important US law on civil rights since Reconstruction. A comprehensive law intended to end discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin, it guarantees equal voting rights and prohibits segregation or discrimination in public places, among other provisions. How long did some senators filibuster to delay the bill's passage? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Cranmer (1489)

Cranmer became the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury after he helped Henry VIII in his negotiations with the pope over divorcing Catherine of Aragon. He annulled Henry's marriage to Catherine, supported his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and later helped him divorce her. After Henry's death in 1547, Cranmer became adviser to Edward VI. When the anti-Protestant Mary I became queen, Cranmer was tried, convicted of heresy, and burned at the stake. Why did he place his hand into the fire first? More...
Quotation of the Day
If we used money to buy things with, instead of love and kindness and the desire to please one another, then we should be no better than the rest of the world.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

go the way of the dinosaur(s)

To become extinct, obsolete, old-fashioned, or no longer in common use. More...
Today's Holiday

Laylat al-Qadr

Laylat al-Qadr commemorates the night in 610 CE during which Allah revealed the entire Qur'an to Muhammad. It was then that the angel Gabriel first spoke to him, and was thus the beginning of his mission. These revelations continued throughout the remainder of his life. The common belief that this day occurred on the 26th or 27th of Ramadan has no Islamic base. It seems to have originated in Manicheism, where the death of Mani is celebrated on the 27th of the fasting month. This day is also known as the Night of Power or Night of Destiny. More...
In the News

China Opens World's Longest Sea Bridge

At 26.3 miles (42.4 km) in length, the newly opened Jiaozhou Bay bridge in China is the world's longest over-water bridge. It beat out the previous record-holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in the US state of Louisiana, by more than 2.5 miles (4 km). The bridge took 4 years to complete and cost more than 1.5 billion dollars to construct. It is expected to be used by about 30,000 cars per day and will cut commute time between Qingdao and Huangdao by about 30 minutes. More...
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