Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 7, 2021)
Word of the Day

paladin

Definition:(noun) Someone who fights for a cause.
Synonyms:champion, fighter, hero
Usage: Like the ancient paladins, he has only undertaken this war to obtain a look from his lady love.
Article of the Day

The Regime of the Colonels

On April 21, 1967, a group of right-wing colonels seized control of the Greek government, taking control of Athens with tanks and initiating an era of military rule that would last for seven years. The king of Greece made an attempt to overthrow the generals but failed and fled into exile. The Regime of the Colonels was marked by economic woes, oppression, and an unexpected flourishing of rock music. In 1973, a single Greek naval commander took what bold action in protest against the government? More...
This Day in History

The New Madrid Earthquake (1812)

One of the largest earthquakes ever to strike the US—and possibly one of the strongest earthquakes in human history—the New Madrid earthquake is said to have made the Mississippi River run backwards, permanently changing its course and redefining state boundaries. Though it struck a sparsely populated area near modern-day New Madrid, Missouri, the quake was felt across the country, ringing church bells as far away as Boston, Massachusetts. What large lake did it create in Tennessee? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna of Russia (1693)

When the young Peter II of Russia died without an heir, the Supreme Privy Council offered the throne to his distant cousin, Anna, under the condition that she would place the real power in the council's hands. She initially agreed, but then tore up the conditions, abolished the council, and restored the autocracy. She occupied herself with extravagant amusements and relied on her lover and foreign advisors to manage the state. What happened to the infant grandnephew she named as her successor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Congratulation, n.: The civility of envy.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Grenada Independence Day (2021)

This is a national holiday commemorating Grenada's independence from Britain on this day in 1974. Britain had held the island since the 18th century, when France ceded it under the Treaty of Paris. More...
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