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This Day in History


Thu, 1 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT

Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat (1955)

Thu, 1 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT

Dubbed the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement" by the US Congress, Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist who became famous in 1955 for refusing to vacate her seat on a municipal bus for a white man. This act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which launched Martin Luther King, Jr., into prominence and became one of the largest and most successful movements against racial segregation. How many thousands of commuters took part in the boycott? Discuss

Michael Jackson's Thriller Hits Shelves (1982)

Wed, 30 Nov 2022 05:00:00 GMT

Michael Jackson's second solo album, Thriller, propelled him to superstardom. Along with its title track, Thriller boasted such hits as "Beat It," "Billie Jean," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," and "Human Nature." Several of these songs were accompanied by music videos—then a new medium—and showcased Jackson's iconic dance moves. The album sold more than 40 million copies and won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards. What other titles were considered for the song "Thriller"?

Japan's Meiji Constitution Goes into Effect (1890)

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 05:00:00 GMT

In the mid-19th century, Japan was forced to end its isolation by signing a series of unequal treaties that gave Western nations special privileges in Japan. The unpopular Tokugawa shogunate collapsed soon after and, in 1868, the boy emperor Meiji was "restored" to power. The Meiji constitution defined Japan as a capable, modern nation deserving of Western respect while preserving its own power. What did Ito Hirobumi, who drafted the Meiji constitution, do to prepare himself for the task?

Word Trivia


Thu, 1 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT


Thu, 1 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT

volume - Originally the name of a scroll or roll of papyrus, from Latin volvere, "to roll up." More...

bible - Derived from biblios, the name for the papyrus produced in the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos. More...

schedule - Goes back to Greek skhede, for "leaf of papyrus"; it started out meaning a ticket or a brief note. More...

tome - Comes from Greek tomos, "roll of papyrus," and was originally a word for one volume of a larger work. More...


Wed, 30 Nov 2022 05:00:00 GMT

hasting, hasty - An early-ripening fruit or vegetable is a hasting and such a food that ripens early is termed "hasty." More...

hasty pudding - An ancient dish of flour boiled in water to thick consistency, with milk or beer added afterwards. More...

festinate, festination - If something is hasty or hurried, it is festinate, and to festinate is to walk fast, make haste; festination is "haste, speed." More...

precipitous, precipitate - Precipitous, "hasty, sudden and dramatic," is used in relation to physical or natural objects; precipitate, "done with great haste," relates to human actions or processes. More...


Tue, 29 Nov 2022 05:00:00 GMT

day - One of the perpendicular divisions or "lights" of a mullioned window. More...

blackout - Originally a theatrical term for the extinguishing of all lights on the stage when scenery was shifted. More...

taps, last post - Taps, the bugle call for lights out, was originally a drum roll and got its name from the tapping of the drums; taps are also called last post. More...

twilight - The time of two lights, the fading sunset and the emerging light of the moon and stars; there are three sequential stages of twilight: civil twilight, nautical twilight, and astronomical twilight. More...

Today's Birthdays


Thu, 1 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT

Anna Comnena (1083)

Thu, 1 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT

The daughter of Emperor Alexius I of Byzantium, Anna plotted, both during and after her father's reign, against her brother, John II, in the hopes of placing her husband on the throne. After the plot failed, the princess retired to a convent, where she proceeded to pen a biography of her father, the Alexiad, that is recognized today as one of the outstanding Greek historical works of the Middle Ages. Who was Anna's coconspirator in the plot against her brother? Discuss

Sir Winston Churchill (1874)

Wed, 30 Nov 2022 05:00:00 GMT

Churchill was prime minister of the UK during World War II and led the country through both its darkest and finest hours. He was a writer, artist, legislator, soldier, and one of the most influential leaders in modern history. After being appointed prime minister in 1940, he forged a strong alliance with the US and an uneasy one with the USSR. These alliances were two key factors in the defeat of the Axis Powers. A prolific painter, Churchill exhibited his art under what pseudonym?

Jacques Chirac (1932)

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 05:00:00 GMT

Chirac, a French political leader, was president of France from 1995 to 2007, served twice as prime minister, and was the mayor of Paris for nearly two decades. As president, he sought to reduce unemployment, cut the deficit, and strengthen ties with Germany. In the early 2000s, Chirac was implicated in a number of corruption scandals, and, in 2011, he was convicted on corruption charges. In 2002, Chirac survived an attempt on his life during celebrations of what French national holiday?

Article of the Day


Thu, 1 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT

Beta Israel

Thu, 1 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT

The Beta Israel, or "House of Israel," are Jews of Ethiopian origin. Long isolated from mainstream Judaism, they do not use the Talmud but adhere strictly to the Mosaic law and observe some festivals of Judaism. In 1975, the Israeli rabbinate legally recognized them as Jews, and during the Ethiopian civil war, about 10,000 were airlifted to Israel in an effort to save them from persecution. A second airlift of more than 14,000 occurred in 1991. What were these secret operations called? Discuss

American Chinese Food

Wed, 30 Nov 2022 05:00:00 GMT

The Chinese immigrants who brought their cuisine to the US in the 19th century soon modified their cooking for Western tastes and ingredients. Today, "American Chinese food" differs greatly from authentic Chinese cuisine. One of the many differences is the types of vegetables used; Chinese cuisine relies on leafy greens like bok choy and gai-lan, while Americanized dishes often feature more readily available produce like broccoli and carrots. What is the origin of the fortune cookie?

Guide Dogs

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 05:00:00 GMT

Guide dogs are service dogs that have been specially trained to help the visually impaired safely navigate their environments. The first school for guide dogs was established by the German government after World War I to provide service dogs to blinded veterans. Schools now exist in several European countries and in the US, where the pioneer Seeing Eye, Inc., founded by Dorothy Harrison Eustis in 1929, is one of the best known. What breeds are most frequently trained to be guide dogs?

Quotations of the Day


Thu, 1 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thu, 1 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT

The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. Discuss

Alexander Hamilton

Wed, 30 Nov 2022 05:00:00 GMT

A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.

E. M. Forster

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 05:00:00 GMT

We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.

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