Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

procurator

Definition:(noun) One authorized to manage the affairs of another; an agent.
Synonyms:proxy, placeholder
Usage: The wealthy businessman's procurator arrived at the auction to bid on his behalf.
Article of the Day

Hickam Air Force Base

Hickam Air Force Base is a US Air Force base located in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 2,850 acres (12 sq km) of land. It boasts facilities valued at more than $444 million. During World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, it served as a major center for training pilots and assembling aircraft. The base supported flights to and from the forward areas, which earned it the nickname "America's Bridge Across the Pacific." When Japanese troops bombed Pearl Harbor, what happened to Hickam Air Force Base? More...
This Day in History

The First Father's Day (1910)

Father's Day is a day set apart in many countries for honoring fathers. In the US, UK, and Canada, it is observed on the third Sunday in June. The idea for a father's day originated when Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, heard a sermon on Mother's Day in 1909 and was inspired to create a date to honor fathers like her own, a Civil War veteran. Through her efforts, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane in 1910. When was the holiday made official in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Wallis Simpson (1896)

Simpson was an American socialite for whom English King Edward VIII voluntarily abdicated the throne. Their relationship caused a furor in England because the Church of England at the time did not allow people with living ex-spouses to marry, and, as king, Edward was also head of the church. Simpson's two ex-husbands were still alive when she married Edward on June 3, 1937, just six months after he relinquished his title. How did Wallis and Edward spend the rest of their lives together? More...
Quotation of the Day
The novelist must learn to write, and then he must unlearn it; just as the modern painter learns to draw, and then learns when utterly to disregard his accomplishment, when to subordinate it to a higher and truer effect.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Today's Holiday

National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival (2018)

The National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival is a major musical event in the United States, held over the third full week of June in Weiser, Idaho, where fiddling was first heard in 1863. In 1963, in conjunction with Idaho's Centennial, the competition officially became the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest. Awards are given for the national champion in several categories, with contestants having won their spot through competitions in other states. Besides music, there is a fiddlers parade, street dancing, and sing-alongs. More...
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