Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 29, 2012)
Word of the Day

indispose

Definition:(verb) Make unwilling.
Synonyms:disincline
Usage: I did not wish to indispose him still further by an appearance of marked curiosity.
Article of the Day

The Crimean War

As the once-mighty Ottoman Empire declined, major European powers began to compete for control of its territories. Eventually, the conflict escalated into a full-scale war, with Russia on one side and Great Britain, France, Sardinia, and the Ottoman Empire on the other. It was commanded poorly by both sides, and in the end, nothing was definitively settled. It was one of the first wars to be documented photographically. What caused many of the hundreds of thousands of casualties on both sides? More...
This Day in History

Knights of Columbus Established (1882)

The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic fraternal service organization in the world. Founded by Father Michael McGivney on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, the organization's primary purpose was to provide financial aid to members and their families in the event of illness or death. The Knights of Columbus has since donated billions to charity and now has more than 1.8 million members. What personal tragedy led McGivney to found the organization? More...
Today's Birthday

Jennifer Capriati (1976)

Capriati's family moved to Florida when she was four years old so she could pursue a tennis career, and by 1990, the 14-year-old had earned over $6 million in endorsements. She became the youngest women's tennis player to win a match at Wimbledon, to reach the semifinals in a Grand Slam event, and to rank in the top ten players. Personal problems—including an arrest—sidelined her as a teen, but she made a successful comeback in her 20s before injuries ended her career. Why was she arrested? More...
Quotation of the Day
You … know full well as I do the value of sisters' affections to each other: There is nothing like it in this world.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

I shudder to think

It is too worrying or unpleasant for me to think about something that might happen or might have happened. More...
Today's Holiday

Boganda Day (2017)

In the Central African Republic, Boganda Day marks the anniversary of the death of Barthélémy Boganda, the nation's first prime minister, who died in a plane crash on March 29, 1959. Boganda had been a driving force in the creation of the Central African Republic, which became a self-governing republic in 1958. He was also a leader in the movement to unite black African nations. Boganda Day is a national holiday in the Central African Republic; all banks, official government offices, businesses, and schools are closed. More...
In the News

China Will Stop Taking Prisoners' Organs

China has pledged to put an end to its controversial practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners within the next five years. Approximately two-thirds of China's transplanted organs come from prisoners. China does not disclose the number of prisoners put to death each year, but human rights groups estimate that they number in the thousands. The government denies allegations that inmates are pressured to consent to donate their organs and says that the decision to shift to a nationwide public donation system was made because prisoners have high rates of infection and that this affects the long-term survival rates of organ recipients. More...
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