Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

cinder

Definition:(noun) A fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire.
Synonyms:clinker
Usage: Ella loved to read by the fire; her cruel stepsisters dubbed her "Cinderella," since her face was often blackened with cinder dust.
Article of the Day

YMCA

The Young Men's Christian Organization (YMCA) was founded in London in 1844 and has as its objective the development of values and behaviors that are consistent with Christian principles; membership is not limited to Christians, however, and women and girls have been accepted as members since World War II. In North America, the YMCA is usually perceived to be primarily a community sports facility, but in practice it utilizes a broad range of other programs, such as what? More...
This Day in History

Colombia Declares Independence from Spain (1810)

From the 16th century, present-day Colombia formed the nucleus of the region that Spanish conquistadors called New Granada. In the early 1800s, people like Antonio Nariño began agitating for independence. A prominent early revolutionary leader, Nariño helped foment rebellion by distributing The Declaration of the Rights of Man to his countrymen. Parts of Colombia threw off Spanish jurisdiction in 1810, but full independence was not secured until nine years later, under what famous revolutionary? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander the Great (356 BCE)

The son of Philip II of Macedon, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle and became king at 20. One of the greatest generals in ancient history, he conquered much of Greece and Persia before his troops mutinied at the prospect of having to sack India as well. At the age of 33, he died of a fever on his way home after more than a decade of conquest. His empire was the greatest that had existed until that time and spread Hellenism far and wide. What city did Alexander name after his horse? More...
Quotation of the Day
I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

W.C. Handy Music Festival (2020)

The W.C. Handy Music Festival honors the "Father of the Blues" in the Alabama Quad-Cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. The festival celebrates not only Handy's musical heritage but also the musical roots of spirituals and jazz. Throughout the festival there is music by nationally known musicians night and day, street dancing, folk art exhibits, and music workshops held in such locations as ball fields, parks, and nursing homes. Concerts are performed in the church where Handy's father and grandfather served as pastor, and in restaurants and clubs. More...
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