Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 20, 2019)
Word of the Day

avocation

Definition:(noun) An activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment.
Synonyms:hobby, pursuit, sideline
Usage: Garth had failed in the building business, which he had unfortunately added to his other avocations of surveyor, valuer, and agent.
Article of the Day

The Deipnosophistae

Written in the 3rd-century by the Greek writer Athenaeus, the Deipnosophistae professes to be an account of three banquets held at the house of a scholar and wealthy patron of the arts. The work is invaluable for providing information about the Hellenistic leisure class of the Roman Empire, particularly in terms of food and sexuality. In the course of conversation, the banqueters quote about 700 authors, many of them otherwise unrecorded, and discuss the story behind what famous statue? More...
This Day in History

The Big Burn (1910)

The Great Fire of 1910 was a wildfire that burned approximately three million acres (12,000 sq km) in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Spurred by hurricane-force winds, it destroyed parts of several national forests. Since known as the Big Burn, the firestorm burned over two days and killed more than 80 people, including 78 firefighters. It is believed to be the largest, although not the deadliest, fire in US history. How did the Great Fire of 1910 shape future US Forest Service policy? More...
Today's Birthday

Benjamin Harrison (1833)

The grandson of a US president, Harrison practiced law in Indiana before leading a volunteer regiment in the Civil War. He made two unsuccessful bids for the Indiana governorship before gaining a seat in the US Senate. In the 1888 presidential election, he defeated incumbent US President Grover Cleveland, though Cleveland won the popular vote. His association with unpopular tariffs cost him an 1892 re-election and brought Cleveland back. Why did his children refuse to attend his second wedding? More...
Quotation of the Day
There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Hortobágy Bridge Fair and International Equestrian Festival (2020)

This annual event is a showcase of Hungary's fine horses and riders on the Hortobágy and a celebration of the famous nine-arched bridge, built in 1833, that crosses the Hortobágy River and is the longest stone bridge in the country. The equestrian fair is held outside the historic city of Debrecen and features the famed Lipizzaner horses in dressage exhibitions, the csikós (Hungarian cowboy) in colorful embroidered riding costume, carriage parades, pulling contests for draft horses, and other equestrian events. There are also crafts fairs and a peasant market. More...
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