Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

hostelry

Definition:(noun) A hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers.
Synonyms:auberge, inn, lodge
Usage: Three large rooms were assigned to them in the monastery hostelry.
Article of the Day

Hotham the Hatter

Sir Richard Hotham was an 18th century politician and property developer who rose to a position of prominence from his humble beginnings as a hatter. During the 1760s, Hotham gained control of a number of ships belonging to the British East India Company and used the money from this venture to enter into property development. A short time later, he began his political career, eventually becoming a Member of Parliament. What led him to develop the village of Bognor into a seaside resort? More...
This Day in History

Dr. James Bedford Becomes First Person to Undergo Cryopreservation (1967)

The field of cryonics involves techniques in which cold is applied for a variety of therapeutic goals, including brief local anesthesia, destruction of superficial skin lesions, and preservation of cells, tissue, and organs—or the entire body—in the hope that healing and resuscitation may be possible in the future. In 1967, Bedford became the first person to have his entire body frozen in perpetuity. Since then, hundreds have undergone the procedure. What celebrities have been frozen? More...
Today's Birthday

Edmund Burke (1729)

Burke was a British parliamentarian, orator, and political philosopher. Essays he published in the late 1750s gained the attention of Denis Diderot and Immanuel Kant, and he was hired to edit a yearly survey of world affairs. In his many and diverse writings, he left a monumental construction of British political thought that had a profound and long-term influence in England, America, and France. Burke held contrasting opinions on the American and French revolutions. Which did he support? More...
Quotation of the Day
Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death!...Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

hold on to your hat

Get ready for what's coming or about to happen! More...
Today's Holiday

Zanzibar Revolution Day (2017)

In December 1963, the African island of Zanzibar won independence from England. On January 12, 1964, a revolution led by John Okello of the Afro-Shirazi Party overthrew the sultan who ruled Zanzibar. Abeid Karume was named president and the country's name changed to the People's Republic of Zanzibar (now a semiautonomous part of Tanzania since merging with neighboring Tanganyika). Zanzibar Revolution Day marks the occasion of the revolt that installed Karume as president. Celebrations are held at the Amaan Stadium and a wreath is officially placed at the gravesite of Abeid Karume. More...
In the News

Mars and the Public Imagination

The year 2015 was a very good one for NASA's solar-system exploration program. The New Horizons mission swept past Pluto, revealing a much more complex and varied world than had been expected. The Dawn spacecraft orbited the dwarf planet Ceres, revealing a ... More...
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