Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

seafarer

Definition:(noun) A sailor or mariner.
Synonyms:old salt, Jack-tar, mariner, sea dog, seaman, gob, Jack, tar
Usage: Then he arose quickly, like a seafarer who all at once seeth the land; and he shouted for joy: for he saw a new truth.
Article of the Day

Scientology

The Church of Scientology was founded by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. The church believes that a person's spirit can be cleared of past painful experiences through a process called "auditing," or freeing the person of the burdens that interfere with happiness and self-realization. It has confronted suspicions from many sides during its history and has been banned and investigated in various countries. What was the purpose of the church's "Operation Snow White"? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Dettingen (1743)

In 1713, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issued the Pragmatic Sanction, which stated that a female heir could inherit his lands. When his daughter Maria Theresa became queen in 1740, the War of Austrian Succession erupted. Austrian, British, German, and Dutch troops formed the Pragmatic Army, named in support of the sanction, and defeated French troops in the Battle of Dettingen, despite having no access to supplies. In the battle, what did King George II do that no British monarch has done since? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis XII of France (1462)

King of France from 1498 to 1515, Louis XII succeeded his cousin Charles VIII. Called the "Father of the People" by his subjects, Louis maintained his popularity by ruling with moderation. Despite early victories, he was unsuccessful in asserting French claims in Italy after he met resistance from Pope Julius II's "Holy League." Though his failures in Italy did not tarnish his image in France, they were the subject of a commentary in a famous work by what Italian political theorist of the time? More...
Quotation of the Day
One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Today's Holiday

Tajikistan Day of National Unity (2016)

On June 27, 1997, a treaty was signed between Islamic rebels and the Russian-backed Tajikistan government, bringing to an end a five-year-long civil war. The day is remembered as the Day of National Unity. On the Day of National Unity in 2007, the Tajik parliament passed a law granting amnesty to all rebels who had fought against the government, provided they had not committed murder, rape, human or drug trafficking, or terrorism. Some 2,000 prison inmates were released under the new law. The 2007 commemoration also marked the opening of 11 new buildings in the city of Dushanbe. More...
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