Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 24, 2015)
Word of the Day

ignominy

Definition:(noun) Great personal dishonor or humiliation.
Synonyms:disgrace, shame
Usage: The celebrated actor suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison.
Article of the Day

The Mediterranean Sea

At 965,000 sq mi (2,499,350 sq km), the Mediterranean Sea is the world's largest inland sea. It is surrounded by Europe, Asia, and Africa, and is linked to the Atlantic Ocean via the Strait of Gibraltar. Known as the “cradle of civilization,” it was a superhighway of transport in ancient times, allowing for trade and cultural exchange between communities in the area. The regions surrounding the sea have typically warm, dry, sunny climates. How many states have a coastline on the Mediterranean? More...
This Day in History

Gertrude of Merania Killed by Discontented Hungarian Nobles (1213)

The first wife of Andrew II of Hungary, Gertrude played an active role in the political machinations of his early reign. She used her influence to advance her German relatives at court and gifted Hungarian lands to them, angering the Hungarian nobility and inciting them to action. While her husband was off on a military campaign, Gertrude was murdered by a group of discontented nobles. The unsavory affair served as the inspiration for what Hungarian composer's famous opera, Bánk bán? More...
Today's Birthday

Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin (1739)

Potemkin was a Russian army officer who helped bring Catherine II to power in 1762. After fighting in the Russo-Turkish War, he became Catherine's lover and perhaps the most powerful man in Russia. He played an important role in the annexing of the Crimea, but he underestimated the cost of colonizing it and left many projects incomplete. His success in disguising his shortcomings led to the claim that when he gave Catherine a tour of the region, he showed her "Potemkin villages," which are what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Here is a golden Rule...Write legibly. The average temper of the human race would be perceptibly sweetened, if everybody obeyed this Rule!

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Today's Holiday

Tzom Gedaliahu (Fast of Gedaliah) (2018)

Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king, destroyed Jerusalem and the First Temple and carried away most of the Jews into slavery in 586 BCE. He left behind a few farmers and families under the supervision of a Jewish governor named Gedaliah ben Ahikam to administer affairs in the devastated land. A few traitors, who accused Gedaliah of collaborating with the enemy, murdered him and the small garrison of soldiers Nebuchadnezzar had stationed there. Many of the farmers fled to Egypt; the rest were either killed or taken to Babylon, bringing about Judah's final collapse. More...
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