Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

shivaree

Definition:(noun) A noisy mock serenade for newlyweds.
Synonyms:belling, callithump
Usage: The clamorous shivaree stood in stark contrast to the refined, reserved marital ceremony it followed.
Article of the Day

Underwater Archaeology

Underwater archaeology, a branch of maritime archaeology, is the study of past human life, behaviors, and cultures using the physical remains found in bodies of water or buried beneath water-logged sediment. Researchers in this field generally examine the sites of shipwrecks, submerged airplanes, structures created by humans in water bodies, and places where people once lived that have since been flooded or covered by water. How do divers record their findings underwater? More...
This Day in History

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Is Elected Pope (2005)

Ordained in 1951, the German-born Ratzinger came to be regarded as the most influential person in the Catholic hierarchy after the pope through his high-profile positions within the church and his uncompromising stance on Catholic teachings. He presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II as dean of the College of Cardinals and, after just two days and four ballots, was elected pope in one of the fastest papal elections in a century. Why did he pray not to be elected during the papal conclave? More...
Today's Birthday

Eliot Ness (1903)

Ness was 26 years old when he was hired as a special agent of the US Department of Justice to head its Chicago Prohibition bureau, with the express purpose of breaking up the bootlegging network of Al Capone. He formed a nine-man team of unbribable officers known as "the Untouchables." Numerous attempts were made on his life, and one of his friends was killed, but he eventually helped take down Capone, who was convicted on tax evasion charges. What did Ness do after Prohibition ended? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ambition is like choler, which is a humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped; but if it be stopped, and cannot have its way, it becometh adust, and thereby malign and venomous.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Annual Lantern Ceremony (2020)

The Annual Lantern Ceremony takes place each year on the eve of Patriots' Day, a public holiday in Massachusetts and Maine on the third Monday in April. The ceremony is held at the Old North Church in Boston, where, on April 18, 1775, the church sexton displayed two lanterns from the steeple, signaling Paul Revere's message that the British would come to Lexington and Concord across the Charles River. The Annual Lantern Ceremony commemorates the lighting of the two lamps. The centerpiece of the ceremony each year is a keynote address by a notable leader of the Boston area or beyond. More...
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