Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 15, 2019)
Word of the Day

dramatist

Definition:(noun) Someone who writes plays.
Synonyms:playwright
Usage: My goal as a dramatist is to have my plays live on long after I am gone.
Article of the Day

Head and Shoulders Above the Crowd

In the Spanish region of Catalonia, one tradition stands above all others: the building of castells—human towers. Traditionally built during festivals, these multi-tiered structures can contain as many as 10 levels, each composed of people linked together in a circle. This dangerous activity requires teamwork and planning. A tower is only considered complete once the final casteller has climbed to the top and extended one hand with four fingers raised in a gesture symbolizing what? More...
This Day in History

Margaret Thatcher and Garret FitzGerald Sign the Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985)

Though it did not bring an immediate end to the Troubles, the Anglo-Irish Agreement addressed some specific points of contention. It granted the Republic of Ireland a role in the government of Northern Ireland for the first time, while confirming that Northern Ireland would remain a part of the UK until a majority of its citizens decided otherwise. The agreement met with fierce opposition in Northern Ireland. One politician compared Thatcher, the British Prime Minister, to what biblical villain? More...
Today's Birthday

Jérôme Bonaparte (1784)

Jérôme Bonaparte was the youngest brother of Napoleon. The two men became estranged after Jérôme married an American in 1803 without Napoleon's consent. Napoleon personally had the marriage annulled and arranged Jérôme's wedding to Princess Catherine of Württemberg instead. Jérôme was made king of Westphalia, but his kingdom collapsed and became part of Prussia in 1815, after which he returned to France. Which one of his grandsons founded the precursor of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Having learned the trick of beating and loving and suffering, the poor faithful heart persisted, although it lived on memories and carried on its sentimental operations mostly in secret.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

Today's Holiday

Sending the Winter Dress (2020)

This is the day on which the Chinese send winter clothes to their dead ancestors. They are not real items of clothing but paper replicas. People display the paper clothes in their homes before wrapping them up and addressing them. That done, families proceed to the graves of their departed ones and burn the packages. This is one of three annual occasions in remembrance of ancestors who have passed on; the other two are Chung Yeung and Qing Ming. More...
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