Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

regnant

Definition:(adjective) Exercising power or authority.
Synonyms:reigning, ruling
Usage: She became queen regnant upon the death of her father and soon gained a reputation for being a firm but fair ruler.
Article of the Day

The Tizard Mission

Though the British made major scientific advances during World War II, by September 1940, they were mired in the Battle of Britain and unable to produce the new military technology that could help them win. Taking a gamble, prominent British scientist Henry Tizard led a mission to give Britain's secret military research to the US in the hope that it would be developed faster there—and that the US would share the results with Britain. It worked. What critical object did Tizard bring with him? More...
This Day in History

The Dayton Agreement Is Signed in Paris, France (1995)

The Dayton Agreement was a peace agreement that put an end to the Bosnian War that began in 1992. The accord was the result of a meeting between Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian leaders under US auspices in Dayton, Ohio. It called for a Bosnian republic with a central government and two semiautonomous regions roughly equal in size—one dominated by Serbs and the other by Bosniaks and Croats in federation. Later signed in Paris, the accord also provided for the dispatch of what military force? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel De Leon (1852)

A newspaper editor, De Leon joined the Socialist Labor Party in the US in 1890 and soon became one of its leaders. He led a radical faction that seceded from the Knights of Labor in 1895 and formed the Socialist Trade and Labor Alliance (STLA). The STLA was later absorbed by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which he helped found in 1905. After being refused a seat at a 1908 IWW convention by extremists who favored violent tactics over political action, he founded what organization? More...
Quotation of the Day
I can resist everything except temptation.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

be had up (for something)

To be indicted, arrested, and/or tried (for a crime). More...
Today's Holiday

Whirling Dervish Festival (2016)

Each year, up to a million people flood Konya, Turkey, on the anniversary of the death of the poet and Sufi Islamic mystic Jelaluddin al-Rumi. Rumi's teachings are the basis for the Sufi Muslim order known as Mevlevi, which uses music and dance to experience spiritual ecstasy. Leading up to December 17, thousands of visitors arrive to partake in exhibits and lectures related to Rumi and the Mevlevi order. At the climax of the festival, the Mevlevis perform their whirling dance, wearing costumes that feature white trousers, a full white overskirt, and tall cylindrical hats. More...
In the News

Russia Says Syrian Opposition Could Unseat Assad

Things are looking progressively worse for embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Earlier this week, a group of more than 100 countries recognized the Syrian opposition coalition as the sole "legitimate representative" of the Syrian people, and now Russia, which has long been one of Syria's most steadfast supporters, has acknowledged for the first time that opposition forces may actually succeed in toppling the Syrian government. No one can say for certain how much longer the conflict will last or who will eventually emerge victorious, but these developments do not bode well for Assad's regime. More...
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