Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 13, 2019)
Word of the Day

overshadow

Definition:(verb) To render insignificant or less important in comparison.
Synonyms:eclipse, dominate
Usage: They were warlike little nations and defied, in those days, governments that overshadow them now as mountains overshadow molehills.
Article of the Day

The Black Army of Hungary

Elected king of Hungary in 1458 after a series of foreign rulers, Matthias Corvinus reigned for 32 years in what became a glorious period in Hungarian history. Matthias won a reputation as a crusader against the Ottomans. He conquered Moravia, Silesia, Lusatia, Vienna, Styria, Carinthia, and Carniola—successes largely due to his establishment of a standing army. Known as the Black Army of Hungary, it consisted of thousands of paid soldiers, including Hungarians as well as mercenaries from where? More...
This Day in History

Nevado del Ruiz Erupts in Colombia (1985)

When ash began to fall on the Colombian town of Armero, local authorities assured residents that it was safe to stay put, despite geologists' warnings to the contrary. It had been more than 140 years since the last serious eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz, known to residents as "the Sleeping Lion." That night, a lahar—a massive flow of mud and debris—swept down the side of the erupting volcano, destroying Armero. It was the worst natural disaster in Columbian history. How many people were killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 CE)

Augustine was bishop of Hippo, a Roman city that is now Annaba, Algeria. In his early 30s, he converted to Christianity, gave up his position as professor of rhetoric, became a bishop, and turned his home into a monastery. He served for more than 40 years. While he lay dying, Vandals destroyed his city but spared his library. His writings, which include Confessions and De Civitate Dei, deeply influenced Western Christianity. What now-extinct religion did he originally practice? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

Carberry Day (2020)

The students and faculty at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, celebrate the fictitious academic exploits of Professor Josiah Stinkney Carberry every Friday the 13th. On Carberry Day, small brown jugs appear around campus, and students and teachers fill them with change. The money goes to a book fund that Professor Carberry has set up "in memory of my future late wife, Laura." More...
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