Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 23, 2018)
Word of the Day

cerement

Definition:(noun) Burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped.
Synonyms:winding-clothes, pall, shroud
Usage: The ghost of Athelstane himself would burst his bloody cerements and stand before us to forbid such dishonor to his memory.
Article of the Day

The De Havilland Vampire

The de Havilland Vampire, which made its maiden flight in September 1943, was the first Royal Air Force fighter with a top speed exceeding 500 mph (805 km/h). Although it never saw service during World War II—it was still in development at the war's end—it is credited with a number of aviation firsts, including becoming the first jet to take off from and land on an aircraft carrier and to fly across the Atlantic. Which major Western powers were the only ones not to use this type of aircraft? More...
This Day in History

Dr. Crippen Hanged for Wife's Murder (1910)

More than 100 years after Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen was hanged for the alleged murder, dismemberment, and basement burial of his second wife, the controversial case continues to captivate. The case is compelling not only because it is so gruesome but also because Crippen became an international fugitive, fleeing with his lover aboard a Canada-bound ocean liner, and was the first criminal apprehended with the help of radiotelegraphy. What new evidence has called Crippen's guilt into question? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfonso the Wise, King of Castile and León (1221)

Alfonso X, son and successor of Ferdinand III, sought to become Holy Roman Emperor but eventually renounced his claim due to Spanish antagonism and papal opposition. He crushed revolts by Muslims in 1252 and nobles in 1254, but once his eldest son was killed while fighting the Moors in 1275, civil war for succession broke out between Ferdinand's children and Alfonso's second son, who succeeded him as Sancho IV. Why is Alfonso depicted in the House of Representatives chamber of the US Capitol? More...
Quotation of the Day
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Today's Holiday

Pushkar Mela (2018)

Pushkar Fair is a camel fair and one of the best known of the Hindu religious fairs of India. It is held at Pushkar, the place where it is said a lotus flower slipped out of Lord Brahma's hands. Water sprang up where the petals fell and created the holy waters of Pushkar Lake. The commercial side of the fair features the sale of about 10,000 camels. Sheep, goats, horses, and donkeys are also sold there. Camel races are a highlight. On the night of the full moon (Kartika Purnima), devotees bathe in the waters of the lake and then make offerings of coconut and rice at the Brahma temple. More...
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