Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

samizdat

Definition:(noun) A system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident or banned literature.
Synonyms:underground press
Usage: The samizdat was successful in disseminating the banned literature until an informant turned in its chief operator.
Article of the Day

Go

Go, a two player board game, originated in China before 2000 BCE, and its popularity has since spread worldwide. Players take turns placing game pieces, or stones, on the vacant intersections of a 19x19 grid. The objective is to control a larger territory than one's opponent, and this is accomplished by surrounding, capturing, and removing the opposing player's stones. The game ends when neither player can increase his territory or reduce his opponent's. How is a player's score calculated? More...
This Day in History

WWII: Germans Firebomb the City of London (1940)

By the end of the Blitz—Germany's eight-month nighttime bombing campaign in Britain—tens of thousands of people were dead and millions of homes lay in ruins. For about a two-month period, the country faced nightly attacks. One of the worst raids occurred on December 29, when much of London—including such historic landmarks as St. Paul's Cathedral and the Guildhall—was destroyed or damaged by bombs and the fires they started. How many children were evacuated to the countryside during the Blitz? More...
Today's Birthday

Carmen Sylva (1843)

In 1869, Elisabeth of Wied, the daughter of a German prince, married the future king of Romania, Carol I. An artistic and imaginative queen consort, she wrote prolifically—in four languages—under the pseudonym Carmen Sylva. She composed poetry, plays, novels, and essays, at times collaborating with her lady-in-waiting. Her 1882 collection of witty aphorisms won a French literary award. Despite knowing it was illegal, she is said to have encouraged her nephew—the heir to the throne—to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Today's Holiday

Dattatreya Jayanti (2020)

Dattatreya's birthday is celebrated all over India. Hindus rise early and bathe in sacred streams, fast, and spend the day in worship and prayer. They also meditate on sacred works that include the Avadhuta Gita and Jivanmukta Gita. Recently, Dattatreya is identified with the triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, for it is believed that portions of these deities were incarnated in him. He is usually depicted with three heads and six hands. More...
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