Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 2, 2015)
Word of the Day

turncoat

Definition:(noun) One who traitorously switches allegiance.
Synonyms:apostate, deserter, ratter, recreant, renegade
Usage: He was a turncoat who betrayed his friends to curry favor with the King.
Article of the Day

Midwifery

Midwifery is the art of assisting at childbirth. In ancient Greece and Rome, midwives had some formal training, but as the medical arts declined during medieval times, the skills a midwife possessed were gained solely from experience and lore. With the upsurge in medical science in Europe in the 16th c., formal medical training became more prevalent and professional schools of midwifery were established. How are the criteria for becoming a midwife in the US different from those in the UK? 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
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

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

Babbler Bird Calls "Convey Meaning"

A bird can communicate in a similar way to how humans use language, scientists have discovered. A study of the chestnut-crowned babbler bird from Australia revealed a method of communicating that has never before been observed in animals. The bird ... More...
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