Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 12, 2018)
Word of the Day

rive

Definition:(verb) Tear or be torn violently.
Synonyms:pull, rend, rip
Usage: As he rose, a flash of lightning, that seemed to rive the remotest heights of heaven, illumined the darkness.
Article of the Day

The History of Firefighting

The practice of firefighting has come a long way since the Roman Empire, when fire patrols relied on bucket brigades and pumps to extinguish blazes. The first fire engines arrived in Europe in the 17th century. Around this time, insurance companies—motivated by the Great Fire of London—formed private fire brigades, but they protected only the buildings they insured. In the early 18th century, France established the first modern brigades as a fee-based service. Why was the fee soon eliminated? More...
This Day in History

Hundreds Killed in Hajj Stampede (2006)

About one in four people in the world is Muslim, a demographic that includes more than a billion people. Each Muslim is required to visit Mecca, the Saudi Arabian city of Mohammed's birth, at least once in his or her lifetime. During the annual pilgrimage, or Hajj, Mecca bears an influx of millions of people. In 2006, during the final day of the requisite Stoning of the Devil ritual, some 350 people were crushed to death in the crowd. What other dangers have pilgrims faced during the Hajj? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand I, King of the Two Sicilies (1751)

Ferdinand became king of Naples in 1759 when his father ascended to the Spanish throne. A weak ruler, he was greatly influenced by his wife, the arguably more capable Maria Carolina of Austria. The execution of her sister, Marie Antoinette of France, induced Ferdinand to fight against the French Revolution. The French then invaded Naples—twice. Ferdinand regained control of Naples and took over Sicily, but his despotism prompted an 1820 insurrection. What secret society influenced the uprising? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thank goodness, we can choose our friends. We have to take our relatives as they are.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

make a long arm for (something)

To extend one's arm fully toward something; to reach out for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Zanzibar Revolution Day (2018)

In December 1963, the African island of Zanzibar won independence from England. On January 12, 1964, a revolution led by John Okello of the Afro-Shirazi Party overthrew the sultan who ruled Zanzibar. Abeid Karume was named president and the country's name changed to the People's Republic of Zanzibar (now a semiautonomous part of Tanzania since merging with neighboring Tanganyika). Zanzibar Revolution Day marks the occasion of the revolt that installed Karume as president. Celebrations are held at the Amaan Stadium and a wreath is officially placed at the gravesite of Abeid Karume. More...
In the News

Air gun eye injuries rise 169% among kids, study finds

He removed his goggles for just a moment, to wipe away the colorful paint splattered across them, and then his life changed forever. At that moment, the 12-year-old boy, who would become Dr. Douglas Fredrick's youngest patient with an air-gun-related eye ... More...
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