Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

infrangible

Definition:(adjective) Not capable of being violated or infringed.
Synonyms:inviolable, absolute
Usage: These rights we consider infrangible, no matter what else you may take away from us.
Article of the Day

Marcus Licinius Crassus

Crassus was the wealthiest man in Rome when he, along with Julius Caesar and Pompey, formed the First Triumvirate in 60 BCE. The three men were able to control Rome, and though Pompey and Crassus were jealous of each other, Caesar kept the arrangement going. However, seven years later, Crassus invaded Parthia, hoping for a victory to match the successes of Pompey and Caesar. His army of about 44,000 was defeated in the desert by 10,000 Parthian archers, and he was killed while trying to do what? More...
This Day in History

Final Attack by the Beltway Sniper (2002)

For three weeks in October 2002, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo terrorized the Washington, DC, metropolitan area by shooting random victims from a distance. Ten people were killed and three others wounded in the spree, which was later linked to earlier shootings. Two days after killing their final victim, Muhammad and Malvo were arrested after being found sleeping in the car from which they had shot their victims. Before the arrest, the pair had planned to travel to Canada to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Liszt (1811)

Liszt was a revolutionary figure of romantic music. Born in Hungary, he made his debut at age 9 and studied in Vienna with Salieri. After his father's death and a disastrous love affair, he almost gave up music for the priesthood. Nevertheless, "Lisztomania" swept Europe in the 1840s, and Liszt enthralled audiences with his astounding technique and grand, dramatic style of playing. Thereafter, he taught and composed prolifically. In 1861, he nearly married a princess but was thwarted—by what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men's lives are as thoroughly blended with each other as the air they breathe: evil spreads as necessarily as disease.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

liquid courage

slang The decrease in timidity or inhibition that comes from imbibing alcoholic beverages. More...
Today's Holiday

Mother-in-Law Day (2017)

Modeled on the celebration of Mother's Day and Father's Day, Mother-in-Law Day was first celebrated on March 5, 1934, in Amarillo, Texas, where it was initiated by the editor of the local newspaper. The observance was later moved to the fourth Sunday in October. Mothers-in-law often have not enjoyed the widespread respect and devotion that mothers have received over the years, but many people feel that mothers-in-law deserve a special day of their own. More...
In the News

Possible Polio Cases Reported in War-Torn Syria

Intense global eradication efforts over the past quarter century have cut polio incidence by more than 99% and eliminated it in much of the world. Today, it remains endemic in only three countries—Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. However, the ongoing civil war in Syria has made it impossible to effectively vaccinate much of the population, and now the World Health Organization has received reports of two suspected cases of polio there. Before this possible outbreak, wild poliovirus had not been reported in Syria in 14 years. More...
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