Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

wakeless

Definition:(adjective) (Of sleep) deep or unbroken.
Synonyms:profound, sound, heavy
Usage: He fell into a deep, wakeless sleep.
Article of the Day

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Atatürk, or "Father Turk," began his career in the service of the Ottoman military, but he soon became the Empire's greatest opponent and went on to lead the Turkish War of Independence. In the early 1920s, Atatürk led a military and political campaign that resulted in the Treaty of Lausanne and the founding of the Turkish republic. In 1923, Atatürk was elected the Republic's first president. He then set out on an energetic program of Westernization. How did he reform the Turkish language? More...
This Day in History

Loyalty Day: Massive Crowd Demands Release of Juan Perón (1945)

As secretary of labor and social welfare in the wake of the 1943 revolution in Argentina, Perón enacted a wide range of benefits for workers that earned him a loyal following. In October 1945, he was overthrown in a coup, arrested, and jailed. Mass demonstrations of workers forced his release on October 17, a day now known in Argentina as Loyalty Day. Shortly thereafter, Perón ran for president and was elected by a vast majority in 1946. He was forced into exile in 1955. When did he return? More...
Today's Birthday

Pope John Paul I (1912)

Born Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I was the first pope to choose a double name, a moniker that honored his two immediate predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI. Refusing to have the centuries-old traditional papal coronation, he instead opted for a simplified ceremony. His 33-day papacy was one of the shortest reigns in papal history, resulting in the most recent "Year of Three Popes." Several conspiracy theories surround his death. In what position was his body found? More...
Quotation of the Day
Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

if (one's) life depended on it

Under any circumstances; no matter what. (Used almost exclusively with a negative statement regarding something that one couldn't or wouldn't do.) More...
Today's Holiday

Tihar (2017)

Tihar is a five-day Hindu festival in Nepal that honors different animals on successive days. On the first day of the festival, offerings of rice are made to crows, thought to be sent by Yama as his "messengers of death." The second day honors dogs, since in the afterworld dogs will guide departed souls across the river of the dead. The third day is when Lakshmi will come to visit every home that is suitably lit for her. The fourth day is a day for honoring oxen and bullocks. On the fifth day, brothers and sisters meet and place tikas (dots of red sandalwood paste) on each other's foreheads. More...
In the News

?Humans Exited Africa and Trekked to China, Fossils Reveal

Teeth from a cave in China suggest that modern humans lived in Asia much earlier than previously thought, and tens of thousands of years before they reached Europe, researchers say. This discovery yields new information about the dispersal of modern ... More...
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