Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 17, 2019)
Word of the Day

quittance

Definition:(noun) Payment of a debt or obligation.
Synonyms:repayment
Usage: I should have flung at him a quittance for my foolish stepfather's debts, and then dismissed him.
Article of the Day

Capability Brown

Brown was an English landscape gardener known for designing gardens that broke with the French formal tradition. Brown instead favored a distinctively English style of grandly picturesque, natural-looking, and asymmetrically structured landscapes replete with groves of trees, expansive lawns, meandering streams, and sylvan lakes. In 1749, he became a consulting gardener and earned his nickname by often telling clients that their properties had "capabilities." What was his real first name? More...
This Day in History

Romanos Is Crowned Co-Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (920 CE)

Romanos advanced through the ranks of the Byzantine military to become an influential figure in the royal court. In May 919, he arranged for the marriage of his daughter to the teenage Emperor Constantine VII and was declared "Father of the Emperor." The next year, he was crowned co-emperor, and he then made his own sons co-emperors. However, in 944, Romanos's sons arrested him and made him become a monk to prevent him from naming Constantine VII his successor. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

William Safire (1929)

Safire was an American journalist and a speechwriter for US President Richard Nixon, who once ordered Safire's phone be tapped. In 1973, Safire became a syndicated political columnist for The New York Times, a post he held until 2005. A master of wordplay, he also wrote regularly on language-related topics. After Safire wrote a column in which he insulted a first lady, a White House aide remarked that if the president were not the president, he would have responded in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
The idea had got into his mind that he would some time die unexpectedly and always when he got into bed he thought of that...The effect in fact was quite a special thing and not easily explained. It made him more alive, there in bed, than at any other time.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Today's Holiday

Wright Brothers Day (2020)

It was on the morning of December 17, 1903, that Wilbur and Orville Wright became the first men to fly and control a powered heavier-than-air machine. Events on December 17 traditionally include a "flyover" by military aircraft and a special ceremony held at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, a 425-acre area that features a 60-foot granite pylon on top of Kill Devil Hill, where the Wright Brothers' camp was located. The flyover takes place at precisely 10:35 a.m., the time of the original flight in 1903. More...
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