Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

previse

Definition:(verb) Realize beforehand.
Synonyms:foreknow, foresee, anticipate
Usage: Sadly, I did not previse the trouble that would arise from showing up at my ex-wife's house uninvited.
Article of the Day

Ephrem the Syrian

Sometimes known as the Harp of the Holy Spirit, Saint Ephrem the Syrian was a prolific hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century CE. According to some accounts, his father was a pagan priest. Ephrem, however, converted Syria to Christianity. He taught and composed at Nisibis and Edessa until his death in 373. His writings have been widely influential, and he is venerated by both the Eastern churches and Rome. He is also notable for conducting choirs that consisted entirely of whom? More...
This Day in History

Adams-Onís Treaty: Spain Sells Florida to the US (1819)

In the early 1800s, tensions between the US and Spain were increasing over border disputes in North America. With Spanish power in the New World declining, it was widely believed that Spain would lose land to the US. The Adams-Onís Treaty settled the dispute by attempting to draw clearer borders, roughly granting Florida and Louisiana to the US while giving everything west of Louisiana to Spain. The US did not pay Spain directly for the new land. Instead, it compensated Spain in what way? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (1857)

Powell was a British army officer and founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, later the Girl Scouts. He was a hero of the South African War and author of Aids to Scouting, a military textbook. Upon learning that his book was being used to train boys in woodcraft, he wrote Scouting for Boys and established the Boy Scout movement in 1908. In 1910, with his sister and wife, he founded the Girl Guides. What disguise did Powell use while gathering information in war? More...
Quotation of the Day
To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of freedom which is the breath of those sanctuaries. Everywhere else we may be bound by laws and conventions—there we have none.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

rue the day (that something happened)

To curse or bitterly regret a point in time (in which something happened or one did something). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Lucia Independence Day (2017)

The West Indies island of St. Lucia celebrates its national independence holiday on February 22. On that day in 1979 the country gained full independence from Britain. St. Lucia had been a British Colony since 1814. More...
In the News

Thieves in Brussels Get Away with $50 Million in Diamonds

A manhunt is underway for a gang of eight armed robbers who broke into Brussels Airport on Monday, forced open the cargo hold of a Helvetic Airways plane, and made off with 120 packages of diamonds worth an estimated $50 million. Disguised as police officers, they pulled off the heist with military precision. It was over in minutes with not a single shot fired. Investigators suspect that the robbers had inside information about where and when the diamonds would be loaded, since valuable cargo is kept in armored vehicles until shortly before takeoff. More...
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