Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 31, 2012)
Word of the Day

paragon

Definition:(noun) Model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal.
Synonyms:nonesuch, nonpareil, apotheosis, ideal, saint
Usage: Nowadays, with our modern mania for morality, everyone has to pose as a paragon of purity, incorruptibility, and all the other seven deadly virtues.
Article of the Day

Elizabeth of Bohemia

The daughter of James I of England, Elizabeth was married to elector palatine Frederick V in 1613 to cement an alliance between English and German Protestantism. She became queen of Bohemia when her husband accepted the crown in 1619, but after his defeat by the Catholic League the next year, they went into exile. Her descendents founded the House of Hanover, which ruled England for nearly 200 years. What failed plot would have put nine-year-old Elizabeth on the English throne had it succeeded? More...
This Day in History

Spanish Treasure Fleet Sinks off Florida Coast in Hurricane (1715)

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Spanish Empire used a system of convoys, called treasure fleets, to transport a wide variety of items to Spain from its territories in the New World. Seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, all 11 of the ships in the 1715 treasure fleet sank during a hurricane near present-day Florida, resulting in the deaths of thousands of sailors. The disaster also resulted in the loss of what precious items, some of which still occasionally wash ashore? More...
Today's Birthday

Peter Benenson (1921)

Peter Benenson was an English lawyer who organized a letter-writing campaign in 1961 calling for amnesty for "prisoners of conscience." His campaign resulted in the establishment of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization that works to combat violations of human rights, especially abridgments of freedom of speech and religion and the imprisonment and torture of political dissidents. Why did Benenson resign from his position within Amnesty International in 1967? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man in debt is so far a slave.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

hang paper

To write a dishonored or bad check. More...
Today's Holiday

Nicodemus Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration

The Nicodemus Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration is held annually the last weekend in July to celebrate the abolishment of slavery in the United States. It also celebrates NicodemusNicodemus, the only still-living all-black community west of the Mississippi founded by former slaves. The Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration has taken place every year since 1878. The event includes such attractions as a parade, a fashion show, military displays, and descendants' program, which draws relatives of the original town settlers from across the country. More...
In the News

Ebola Outbreak Reaches Ugandan Capital

Uganda's president is urging citizens to refrain from having physical contact following the news that a person infected with the Ebola virus died in the capital. Since the Ebola outbreak began in western Uganda three weeks ago, the virus has claimed at least 14 lives. It initially went undetected because patients were not showing some of the typical symptoms, such as hemorrhaging. Ebola is extremely virulent and often fatal. It has no known cure and no vaccine. Health officials hope that isolating those infected and disrupting the chain of transmission will be sufficient to contain the outbreak. More...
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