Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 18, 2014)
Word of the Day

remonstrate

Definition:(verb) To reason or plead in protest, objection, or complaint.
Synonyms:protest, challenge, argue, object, dispute, dissent, expostulate
Usage: I remonstrate against these outrages upon reason and truth, of course, but it does no good.
Article of the Day

The Guillotine

Although guillotine-like apparatuses were used for executions in several European countries before France adopted it as its only legal method of execution during the French Revolution, the beheading machine is most commonly associated with this period in French history and is in fact named for the physician who was instrumental in having the National Assembly adopt it as France's preferred method of capital punishment, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin. When was the last execution by guillotine in France? More...
This Day in History

The Day of Two Noons: US and Canada Adopt Standard Time Zones (1883)

Before the adoption of time zones, clocks in the US and Canada were set according to the position of the sun overhead, meaning that time varied according to location. For the rail industry, this presented a logistical nightmare, and so many railroads kept their own time, further complicating matters. Standardization solved everything. On "The Day of Two Noons," train stations reset their clocks according to newly adopted time standards. Which US city continued to keep local time until the 1900s? More...
Today's Birthday

Asa Gray (1810)

Considered one of the most important botanists in American history, Gray laid the foundation for the study of plants in North America. He made botanical expeditions to the western US, established Harvard University's botany department, and wrote prodigiously on the subject of plants, producing several classic, still-valued textbooks. Charles Darwin was such an admirer of Gray's work that he shared his theory of natural selection with Gray before publishing it. What toxin was named for Gray? More...
Quotation of the Day
Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Idiom of the Day

in fee

law (specifically of land) In absolute legal ownership or subjection. More...
Today's Holiday

Morocco Independence Day (2017)

Independence Day, also known as Fête de l'indépendance, is a national holiday commemorating Morocco's independence from France on November 18, 1927. Other public holidays in Morocco include: August 20, the anniversary of the king's and people's revolution, and November 6, the anniversary of the Green March in 1975. In order to claim the Western Sahara for Morocco, more than 300,000 Moroccans marched into the territory, which the Spanish still controlled; Spanish troops left the area by early 1976. More...
In the News

Congo Conquers Its Ebola Outbreak

The Democrat ic Republic of the Congo declared its Ebola outbreak officially over on Saturday after two consecutive 21-day incubation periods without a reported case. The country had been battling the disease, unrelated to the current outbreak devastating West Africa, for three months, with 66 total infections and 49 deaths in that time. Having suffered six previous Ebola outbreaks since the disease was first identified there in 1976, Congo acted quickly to contain this one with apparent success. More...
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