Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

disinterest

Definition:(noun) Freedom from selfish bias or self-interest; impartiality.
Synonyms:neutrality
Usage: The old judge, who usually conducted herself with disinterest, seemed to favor the prosecution from the start in this case.
Article of the Day

The Dissolution of the Monasteries

Between 1536 and 1541, English King Henry VIII disbanded hundreds of monasteries and convents in England, appropriating their lands and stripping them of everything of value—including their roofs. Henry carried out this program of dissolution as head of the Church of England, transferring a massive amount of land, wealth, and income to the crown. The monks and nuns were absorbed into their orders, but the dissolution of the monasteries led to the loss of what culturally valuable institutions? More...
This Day in History

Stonewall Riots Begin (1969)

In 1969, gay rights in the US were virtually nonexistent, and discrimination was routine. On June 28, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular Mob-run gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, and began arresting patrons for cross-dressing. A crowd gathered outside, taunting police and throwing debris. The police responded with violence. Protest rallies and more riots followed, marking the awakening of the US gay rights movement. How long after the riots were the first Gay Pride marches held? More...
Today's Birthday

Melvin Kaminsky, AKA Mel Brooks (1926)

Brooks is an American film director, writer, actor, and producer best known for his wild parodies that mix satire with slapstick. He started out as a television comedy writer but soon turned to film. He won an Oscar for his first feature film, The Producers (1968), a comic masterpiece of bad taste, and followed it with such films as the Western-inspired Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, a parody of the horror genre. Who speaks the only word in his Silent Movie? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

inner circle

A small, exclusive, and intimate group of like-minded people sharing a common goal, pursuit, or purpose. More...
Today's Holiday

Montreal Jazz Festival (2017)

What has been called the most important cultural event in Canada and the largest jazz festival in the world, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has attracted some of the greatest names in jazz—including Miles Davis, Ray Charles, and Dizzy Gillespie. More than a million people come to the festival, about one-fourth of them from outside Montreal. Montreal's streets are closed for the 11 days of the festival to make room for the outdoor performances, which take place rain or shine, and represent a mix of traditional, modern, and innovative jazz. More...
In the News

Books Behind Bars Cutting Sentences in Brazil

The Brazilian federal penitentiary system has found a novel solution to its overcrowding problem: offering inmates shortened sentences as a reward for reading. The new "Redemption through Reading" program is being implemented in four federal prisons, where eligible inmates will be able to cut their sentences by as much as 48 days a year by reading works of literature, philosophy, science, or the classics and then writing essays about the material. In order to qualify, the essays must meet certain standards, including having proper paragraph structure, being free of errors, and being written in cursive. More...
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