Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 6, 2021)
Word of the Day

guileless

Definition:(adjective) Free of deceit.
Synonyms:transparent
Usage: She was so guileless that he had no option but to believe her.
Article of the Day

Taxi-Dance Hall

Throughout the 1920s and 30s, taxi-dance halls flourished in American cities, despite their reputation for fostering lewd behavior. At a typical hall, men would buy tickets—usually for 10 cents each—that they could present to the hall's young female employees in exchange for sharing a dance. The women, called taxi-dancers, earned a commission based on the number of tickets they collected. The taxi-dance hall was created in 1913 when San Francisco outlawed what other kind of dance hall? More...
This Day in History

The Dalton Gang Holds Up Its First Train (1891)

After US Marshall Frank Dalton was killed in the line of duty, three of his nine brothers—Bob, Grat, and Emmett—became lawmen themselves. However, they soon decided that they preferred the other side of the law. Aided by another Dalton brother, Bill, the gang held up its first train in 1891. It did not go well. Undeterred, the brothers embarked on a train-robbing spree across much of the western US, which ended when the townspeople of Coffeyville, Kansas, saw through what unsuccessful disguise? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Leakey (1913)

The daughter of an artist, Leakey had little formal education, but her love of archaeology led her to work on excavations, initially as an illustrator. Digging in Africa—often with her husband, fellow archaeologist Louis Leakey—she made some of anthropology's most significant finds, including a 20-million-year-old skull and a set of hominid footprints preserved in volcanic ash. When she was a youth, what incident resulted in her being expelled from a convent school for the second time? More...
Quotation of the Day
Liberty…is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Sàmi National Holiday (2021)

The Sàmi people are indigenous to the arctic area of the Nordic countries. February 6 is recognized as Sàmi National Holiday in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. This day is full of activities that celebrate the Sàmi culture. First celebrated in 1993, it has become a popular event and a time for the indigenous Sàmi people to celebrate their cultural identity. More...
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