Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

spelldown

Definition:(noun) A contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly.
Synonyms:spelling bee
Usage: Our school hosts a spelldown every year, but since Tom always wins, it's not very exciting.
Article of the Day

Rani Lakshmi Bai

In 1857, Indian troops in the service of the English East India Company ignited a massive rebellion. They refused to use rifle cartridges thought to be lubricated with grease containing a mixture of pigs' and cows' lard, considered religiously impure. Lakshmi Bai—queen of the Indian state of Jhansi—became an unlikely hero in the rebellion. When a British commander vowed to destroy Jhansi unless its people surrendered, Lakshmi Bai asserted that they would fight to the death. What happened to her? More...
This Day in History

Suicidal Monk Sets Fire to Kyoto's Temple of the Golden Pavilion (1950)

Originally a statesman's villa, Kyoto's Temple of the Golden Pavilion has an exterior of gold leaf and is situated on a pond in a lush Japanese garden. The building narrowly avoided destruction many times in its long history, but in 1950, a young Buddhist monk set fire to it during a suicide attempt. He survived and was sentenced to seven years in prison. In 1955, the temple was rebuilt true to its original appearance. That same year, the arsonist was released from prison early for what reason? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Cranmer (1489)

Cranmer became the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury after he helped Henry VIII in his negotiations with the pope over divorcing Catherine of Aragon. He annulled Henry's marriage to Catherine, supported his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and later helped him divorce her. After Henry's death in 1547, Cranmer became adviser to Edward VI. When the anti-Protestant Mary I became queen, Cranmer was tried, convicted of heresy, and burned at the stake. Why did he place his hand into the fire first? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Laylat al-Qadr (2016)

Laylat al-Qadr commemorates the night in 610 CE during which Allah revealed the entire Qur'an to Muhammad. It was then that the angel Gabriel first spoke to him, and was thus the beginning of his mission. These revelations continued throughout the remainder of his life. The common belief that this day occurred on the 26th or 27th of Ramadan has no Islamic base. It seems to have originated in Manicheism, where the death of Mani is celebrated on the 27th of the fasting month. This day is also known as the Night of Power or Night of Destiny. More...
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