Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 28, 2016)
Word of the Day

perspicuous

Definition:(adjective) Clearly expressed or presented; easy to understand.
Synonyms:lucid, luculent, pellucid, crystal clear, limpid
Usage: The lawyer presented a perspicuous closing argument, clarifying the forensic evidence for the confused jurors.
Article of the Day

The Conscription Crisis of 1917

The Conscription Crisis of 1917 was a political and military crisis in Canada during WWI that was precipitated by the military's failure to create units for French-speaking forces. Instead the French-Canadian volunteers were assigned to various English-speaking units. Witnessing what they perceived as the mistreatment of the first contingent, many French-Canadians elected not to volunteer, leading legislators to pass a conscription act. What was the political aftermath of this crisis in Quebec? More...
This Day in History

Panama Gains Independence from Spain (1821)

Situated on the thin isthmus that connects North and South America but divides the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Panama has long been a vital crossroad for trade and travel. Under Spanish control for more than 300 years, Panama finally broke with Spain to join a newly independent Colombia as the Spanish empire faltered. Today, in addition to celebrating that Independence Day, the country observes another. When did Panama separate from Colombia, gaining a second independence—and another holiday? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon (1661)

Not long after Hyde allegedly attended his wife's funeral dressed in women's clothes, the queen of England—whom Hyde had also reportedly dressed as during an official event—dismissed him from his post as governor of New York and New Jersey. The decision was purportedly prompted by mounting complaints from the colonists he governed, including myriad charges of corruption. He was later imprisoned for debt. What is known about the portrait that supposedly depicts him wearing a gown? More...
Quotation of the Day
Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

Timor-Leste Proclamation of Independence Day (2020)

After the East Timorese declared independence from Portugal on November 28, 1975, it took over two decades to fulfill the promise of freedom. Their plans were foiled by Indonesia, which carried out its own occupation of its neighbor between 1975 and 1999. Observances for the November 28 anniversary honor the veterans of the independence movement. State leaders and other dignitaries usually participate in a parade, and the president of the country often bestows medals of honor to distinguish individuals who fought for the country's freedom. More...
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