Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 3, 2019)
Word of the Day

charger

Definition:(noun) A horse trained for battle; a cavalry horse.
Synonyms:courser
Usage: The knight mounted his charger and rode to meet his countrymen at the front lines.
Article of the Day

The Alevi

Numbering in the tens of millions, Alevis are members of a religious, sub-ethnic, and cultural community found primarily in Turkey. Alevism is classified as a branch of Shi'a Islam, but there are significant differences between Alevi beliefs, traditions, and rituals and those of other orthodox sects. For example, Alevi worship takes place in assembly houses—cemevi—rather than mosques, and it features music and dance in which both women and men participate. What are some other differences? More...
This Day in History

Contested Kentucky Governor Dies of Gunshot Wounds (1900)

At the time he was shot on the grounds of Kentucky's state capitol, William Goebel was not a well-liked man—nor had he technically won the heavily contested 1899 Kentucky gubernatorial election. However, he lived just long enough to be declared governor and sworn into office, making him the only state governor in US history to have been assassinated. The identity of his assassin remains a mystery. Several years before his murder, Goebel shot a political foe in the head. What prompted their duel? More...
Today's Birthday

Antonio José de Sucre (1795)

One of the most respected leaders of the Latin American wars for independence, Sucre was a close friend and chief lieutenant of Simón Bolívar. He was an able military leader, yet he was known for his kindness to those he defeated. Against his will, he became president of the newly created state of Bolivia and soon resigned. He later returned to service to help repel a Peruvian invasion. At the age of 35, he was waylaid in a mountainous region and killed. He was buried not in Bolivia, but where? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Blas (2021)

San Blas (Saint Blaise) is the patron saint of Paraguay, and his feast day, February 3, is observed throughout the country. Asunción and other large cities host religious processions, and the smaller villages often have bullfights on this day. Flowers, ribbons, and paper money (attached to the tail) adorn the bull. Because this event is a humorous commentary on bullfighting, rather than a real bullfight, the goal is not to kill the bull. Instead, bullfighters try to grab hold of the bull and remove the money from its tail without getting hurt. More...
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