Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 27, 2014)
Word of the Day

symposiarch

Definition:(noun) The person who proposes toasts and introduces speakers at a banquet.
Synonyms:toastmaster
Usage: As head of the committee hosting the event, my father was the symposiarch and ushered each speaker onstage with a few introductory remarks.
Article of the Day

The Kitty Genovese Murder

The brutal rape and murder of 28-year-old Catherine "Kitty" Genovese in New York City in 1964 shocked and outraged the nation. Her stabbing death was witnessed in parts by perhaps as many as 38 of her neighbors, but none tried to help her until after the attack ended. Many of them later told police that they were unaware that a homicide was in progress. Subsequent psychological research, spurred by reports sensationalizing the event, prompted investigation into the phenomenon now known as what? More...
This Day in History

US President Abraham Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus (1861)

In law, habeas corpus is a writ ordering that a person be brought before a judge, especially to decide whether a prisoner's detention is lawful. Its suspension means that prisoners can be held indefinitely without being charged. During the US Civil War, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus to arrest and silence Southern dissenters. A legal battle ensued, and Lincoln prevailed. How was habeas corpus treated in the Confederacy at this time? More...
Today's Birthday

Ulysses S. Grant (1822)

Though he served with bravery in the Mexican-American War, Grant resigned his post several years later, possibly due to his heavy drinking. However, he returned to serve in the US Civil War and won a string of brilliant victories. Three years after Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to him, ending the war, Grant was elected president. Still, he spent his final years in poverty after being swindled by a friend. Days before his death, he did what to secure his family's finances? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

in the pocket of (someone)

Under the direct control or influence of someone or some group. More...
Today's Holiday

Buccaneer Days (2017)

During Buccanner Days, the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, by proclamation of the mayor, is under pirate rule. What began in 1938 to honor the discovery of Corpus Christi Bay by Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez Pineda in 1519 has become a month-long carnival, calling to mind the days when the settlement was a hideaway for pirates. Pirates sail into town, capture the mayor, and demand revelry throughout the city. Events include a professional rodeo, sailboat regattas, parades, sporting events, concerts, a coronation and ball, and fireworks on the bayfront. More...
In the News

Teeny-Weeny Mouse-Deer Born

Though they are not closely related to true deer, mouse-deer are so named because they resemble tiny deer. The smallest of the hoofed mammals, mouse-deer stand just about 12 inches (30 cm) high when fully grown. The Java mouse-deer, Tragulus javanicus, is under threat as a result of habitat loss, and breeding programs have been established to try to preserve the species. One such program at a zoo in Spain has announced the recent birth of a cute, little, hamster-sized, baby Java mouse-deer. More...
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