Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 02, 2016)
Word of the Day

spelldown

Definition:(noun) A contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly.
Synonyms:spelling bee
Usage: Our school hosts a spelldown every year, but since Tom always wins, it's not very exciting.
Article of the Day

Rani Lakshmi Bai

In 1857, Indian troops in the service of the English East India Company ignited a massive rebellion. They refused to use rifle cartridges thought to be lubricated with grease containing a mixture of pigs' and cows' lard, considered religiously impure. Lakshmi Bai—queen of the Indian state of Jhansi—became an unlikely hero in the rebellion. When a British commander vowed to destroy Jhansi unless its people surrendered, Lakshmi Bai asserted that they would fight to the death. What happened to her? 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
Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

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

Invasive Lionfish Arrive in the Mediterranean

Venomous lionfish are striking to look at, with bold stripes and flowing, sail-like fins. However, scientists are paying especially close attention to the fish not for their beauty, but for their ability to invade ecosystems where they have no natural ... More...
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