Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

prohibitionist

Definition:(noun) A reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages.
Synonyms:dry
Usage: She was a tireless prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet.
Article of the Day

Amenhotep III

Amenhotep III, 9th pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, ruled Egypt during the 14th c BCE. He enjoys the distinction of having the largest number of surviving statues depicting his likeness of any Egyptian pharaoh; these include the Colossi of Memnon, 2 massive stone statues built at the gateway of his mortuary temple. His lengthy reign saw a period of unprecedented prosperity and artistic splendor. As pharaoh, Amenhotep elevated 2 of his daughters to the role of Great Royal Wife, a title meaning what? More...
This Day in History

Rio de Janeiro Is Founded (1565)

With a population of about 6 million, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city and former capital of Brazil, as well as the country's cultural center and a commercial, communications, and transportation hub. It has one of the world's most beautiful natural harbors, surrounded by low mountain ranges whose spurs extend almost to the waterside, dividing the city. Among its natural landmarks are Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado peak. Rio was popularized by the hit song about the girl from where? More...
Today's Birthday

Frédéric Chopin (1810)

Chopin was a Polish composer and one of the great masters of Romantic music. He published his first composition at age seven and began performing at eight. He moved to Paris when he was 21 and became a celebrity with his first concert the following year. Among the most significant composers in the history of the piano, Chopin's innovations in fingering, use of the pedals, and general treatment of the keyboard were highly influential. With what French writer did he have a long relationship? More...
Quotation of the Day
How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Today's Holiday

Marshall Islands Memorial and Nuclear Victims Day (2018)

In 1954, the United States detonated Bravo, the most powerful hydrogen bomb ever tested by the United States, on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Many of the people exposed to the fallout radiation began to experience nausea, vomiting, and itching skin and eyes. Those who were most heavily exposed suffered skin burns and later hair loss. On Memorial and Nuclear Victims Day, Marshallese people from the four atolls that were affected by the bomb and fallout gather to pray and commemorate those who were killed during the bomb testing. More...
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