Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

recidivist

Definition:(noun) Someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior, especially for the same criminal behavior.
Synonyms:habitual criminal, repeater
Usage: After his third arrest for petty theft, it became clear to the local police that they had a recidivist on their hands.
Article of the Day

Nauvoo Temple

After Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, and his Mormon followers were forced to flee Missouri in 1839, they established a new community in Nauvoo, Illinois. They soon set to building a grandiose temple, but construction was only half complete when Smith was assassinated in 1844. Two years later, the Mormons were driven from that city as well. They tried to sell their temple for $200,000, but it ultimately sold for what greatly reduced price? More...
This Day in History

Hither Green Rail Crash (1967)

The Sunday evening express train from Hastings to London was traveling 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) when it struck a stressed and fractured rail not far from London's Hither Green depot. The packed train derailed and partially overturned, killing 49 people in one of the worst rail disasters in British history. Several other trains may have successfully passed over the broken rail earlier. What safety feature, present on the particular train that derailed, may have triggered the accident? More...
Today's Birthday

Mahmud Ghazan (1271)

One of the most prominent Mongol leaders of Persia, Ghazan was raised Buddhist but converted to Islam in 1295 before inheriting his father's throne. Well educated and fluent in several languages, he tasked his vizier with composing a history of the Mongols. In Syria, he successfully fought his family's enemy, the Mamluks, but they reoccupied the area upon his departure. What European nation became so fascinated with Mongol culture in the 13th century that many children were named for Ghazan? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Today's Holiday

Return Day (2020)

In the early 19th century, the rural residents of Sussex County, Delaware, had to travel to Georgetown to cast their ballots on Election Day, and the results were read two days later from the courthouse. Farmers in the surrounding areas would travel to Georgetown with their families to hear the announcement and to join in the festivities. Residents continue the tradition today, which includes a formal announcement of the results, parades, picnics, and military displays. Street vendors sell roast oxen, and there is a parade down Market Street. More...
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