Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

sectionalism

Definition:(noun) Excessive devotion to local interests and customs.
Synonyms:provincialism, localism
Usage: He believes that Manhattan is the center of the universe, and his sectionalism is so acute that he is reluctant to visit friends in Brooklyn.
Article of the Day

The Great Boston Fire of 1872

The Great Boston Fire of 1872 was Boston's largest urban fire and remains one of the most costly fire-related property losses in American history, causing $73.5 million in damages. Numerous factors contributed to the fire, not the least of which was the lax enforcement of Boston's building regulations which, coupled with the practice of over-insuring buildings, left no real incentive to build fire-safe structures. How many years did it take to rebuild the burnt district? More...
This Day in History

Cease-Fire Declared in Iran-Iraq War (1988)

On September 22, 1980, Iraqi forces invaded Iran, which was still struggling in the aftermath of its revolution. The resulting war—ostensibly a territorial dispute—turned into a bloody stalemate that saw the first widespread use of chemical warfare since World War I. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed in the conflict. After nearly eight years, the United Nations mandated a cease-fire. Both sides held thousands of prisoners of war for years. When were the last prisoners exchanged? More...
Today's Birthday

Benjamin Harrison (1833)

The grandson of a US president, Harrison practiced law in Indiana before leading a volunteer regiment in the Civil War. He made two unsuccessful bids for the Indiana governorship before gaining a seat in the US Senate. In the 1888 presidential election, he defeated incumbent US President Grover Cleveland, though Cleveland won the popular vote. His association with unpopular tariffs cost him an 1892 re-election and brought Cleveland back. Why did his children refuse to attend his second wedding? More...
Quotation of the Day
Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you can keep him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

know-nothing

A completely ignorant, uninformed, or unknowledgeable person. More...
Today's Holiday

Down Home Family Reunion (2017)

Introduced in 1992, the Down Home Family Reunion is an annual celebration of west African folk life held in Abner Clay Park in Richmond, Virginia. The reunion offers music and dance performances, storytelling presentations, traditional foods, a heritage marketplace, and children's activities. With many hands-on and interactive exhibits, the festival showcases the strong influence of west African culture on life in the American South. Saturday's activities are free and emphasize family participation in craft demonstrations and a variety of cultural exhibits. More...
In the News

Strolling Dinosaur Duo: How Social were Carnivorous Beasts?

When dinosaurs walked the earth, some of them may have walked side-by-side. A new study of around 50 fossilized footprints left by a pair of carnivorous dinosaurs on a beach 142 million years ago suggests that some dinosaurs may have been more social ... More...
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