Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

faithless

Definition:(adjective) Having the character of, or characteristic of, a traitor.
Synonyms:traitorous, treasonous, unfaithful
Usage: They succeeded in overtaking the party of which they were in quest, but concealed their faithless desertion of Scott; alleging that he had died of disease.
Article of the Day

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of Old English monastic chronicles detailing England’s history from the start of the Christian era to 1154. Monks began compiling the chronicles in the 9th century and revised them into the 12th century. Much of the very early material is drawn from Bede’s history, but from the period of the wars of the Saxons and Danes onward, most of the annals are original. The writing is generally in prose but includes several poems, including one about what battle? More...
This Day in History

Sacco and Vanzetti Are Executed (1927)

The 1920 armed robbery and murder trial of the young Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti was one of the most controversial in US history. Though some believed the verdict was just, others argued that the two men were innocent and were only found guilty because they were immigrants and political radicals. Their defenders waged a fierce legal and public relations battle to save the men's lives, but they were executed in 1927. What declaration about the verdict was made in 1977? More...
Today's Birthday

Gene Kelly (1912)

Kelly was an American dancer, choreographer, actor, and movie director. After training at his mother's dance school in Pittsburgh, he moved to New York in 1938 and danced in Broadway musicals. His athletic style later became a hallmark of the movie musical. His most famous performance came in Singin' in the Rain, which he also helped choreograph and direct. His achievements earned him a special Academy Award in 1952. With what animated character did Kelly dance in Anchors Aweigh? More...
Quotation of the Day
What a man really has, is what is in him. What is outside of him should be a matter of no importance.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

grind (someone's) gears

To greatly or specifically irritate or annoy someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Vulcanalia (2016)

Vulcan was the ancient Roman god of volcanic or destructive fire. The Vulcanalia, or festival in honor of Vulcan, was held on August 23, right at the time of year when forest fires might be expected and when the stored grain was in danger of burning. For this reason, Vulcan's cult was very prominent at Ostia, where Rome's grain was stored. At the Vulcanalia, which was observed in Egypt, in Athens, and in Rome, the priest or flamen Volcanis performed a sacrifice, and the heads of families burned small fish they had caught in the Tiber River. More...
In the News

Rebels Tighten Hold on Libyan Capital

Amid reports that Libyan rebels have taken control of much of the country’s capital, US president Barack Obama voiced his belief that Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime is coming to an end. Rebel leaders also claimed to have captured a few of Gaddafi’s sons, including his heir apparent Seif al-Islam, who faces prosecution for crimes against humanity, but he was later seen freely meeting with supporters. World leaders have urged Gaddafi to step down and end the bloodshed, but fighting has continued in many parts of the city. Still it appears that the six-month-long civil war is nearing its end. More...
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