Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 8, 2016)
Word of the Day

effervescent

Definition:(adjective) Marked by high spirits or excitement.
Synonyms:sparkly, bubbling, scintillating, sparkling
Usage: She exhibited none of that effervescent joy at his appearance which we like to see in our mothers-in-law elect.
Article of the Day

The Indian March of Paul

The Indian March of Paul, a secret plot to attack British territories in India, was organized by Napoleon Bonaparte and his coconspirator Emperor Paul I of Russia. The plan called for two infantry units, one Russian and one French, to march to India. In a possible attempt to mask the true objective of the campaign, engineers, painters, and scientists were included in the expeditionary force. The Russian unit began its march to India in January 1801, but turned back a few months later; why? More...
This Day in History

The Beer Hall Putsch (1923)

Years before Adolf Hitler rose to power, he led an unsuccessful insurrection against the Weimar Republic. It began when he and his men stormed a right-wing political meeting in a Munich beer hall and coerced its leaders to join in his "revolution." The next day, some 3,000 Nazis marched in Munich. When police responded with deadly force, the putsch was abandoned. Hitler's treason earned him a 5-year prison sentence, of which he served only 8 months. How did he pass the time while incarcerated? More...
Today's Birthday

Milton Bradley (1836)

After working as a draftsman, Bradley introduced the first lithograph press to Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1860. He printed and sold a new parlor game, "The Checkered Game of Life." It was so profitable that he formed Milton Bradley and Company in 1864 to print games and manuals. In 1878, he reorganized his business as the Milton Bradley Company, which long retained its position as a leading American manufacturer of games and toys. In 1869, his press published the first US book on what topic? More...
Quotation of the Day
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Today's Holiday

Saints and Martyrs Day (2017)

Since the Reformation the Church of England has not added saints to its calendar. Although there have certainly been many candidates for sainthood over the past 450 years, and many martyrs who have given their lives as foreign missionaries, the Church of England has not canonized them, although a few are commemorated on special days. Instead, since 1928 it has set aside November 8, exactly one week after All Saints' Day, to commemorate "the unnamed saints of the nation." More...
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