Word of the day  


Definition: resist openly; refuse to obey.
Synonyms: withstand, hold, hold up
Etymology: ME f. OF defier f. Rmc (as DIS-, L fidus faithful) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
by Henri B. Stendhal

Birthday of the day  

Emperor Go-Nara of Japan

Emperor Go-Nara' (後奈良天皇 Go-Nara-tennō) (January 26, 1495 – September 27, 1557) was the 105th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. He reigned from June 9, 1526 until September 27, 1557, at the end of the Sengoku period. His personal name was Tomohito (知仁).

Joke of the day  

A young girl came home from a date looking sad. She told her mother, 'Charles proposed to me a few minutes ago.' 'Then why are you so sad?' her mother asked. 'Because he also mentioned he is an atheist. Mom, he doesn't believe there's hell!? Her mother replied, 'Marry him anyway. Between the two of us, we'll show him how wrong he is.'

Thought of the day  

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, but the one most responsive to change.

Fact of the day  

1500 – Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil.

Biography of the day  

Marcia Davenport

Marcia Davenport (9 June 1903-16 Jan. 1996), author and critic, was born Abigail Glick in New York City to Bernard Glick, an insurance agent, and Reba Fiersohn Glick. Both parents were the children of Jewish ?migr?s from eastern Europe who settled in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. During her early childhood she spent several summers in Italy, France, and Switzerland with her mother, who was studying voice abroad in preparation for a career as a concert singer. Mother and daughter returned to New York in 1909, and later that year Reba Glick, now known as Alma Gluck, made her professional debut in a well-received concert performance at the Metropolitan Opera.

Article of the day  

Peasants' Revolt

The Peasants' Revolt was an uprising in England in 1381, brought on by economic and social upheaval that had been growing since the Black Death thirty years earlier. The rebels, coming from a wide spectrum of rural society, sought a reduction in the high taxes financing the Hundred Years' War, an end to the system of unfree labour known as serfdom and the removal of the King's senior officials and law courts. Inspired by the radical cleric John Ball and led by Wat Tyler, Kentish rebels entered London on 13 June. They destroyed the Temple Inns of Court and set fire to law books. The following day, the fourteen-year-old King Richard acceded to most of the rebels' demands, including the abolition of serfdom; meanwhile, the Lord Chancellor and the Lord High Treasurer were killed in the Tower of London (pictured). On 15 June Richard met Tyler and the rebels at Smithfield, but violence broke out and Tyler was killed by the king's party. A London militia then dispersed the rebel forces and Richard rescinded his previous grants to the rebels. Troubles extended as far as East Anglia, Yorkshire and Somerset, but most of the rebel leaders were tracked down and executed, and at least 1,500 rebels were killed.

Did you know

  • that in Francisco Goya's painting Carlos IV in his Hunting Clothes the artist showed his debt to Titian's 1533 Charles V by showing a dog sniffing at the royal crotch?
  • that pre-colonial sexual customs in the Philippines involved equating the size of a woman's breasts and the wideness of her hips with the price of the dowry?
  • that it is speculated that Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus were commissioned by Constantine I?
  • that Lawrence Turner, who presented a Parliamentary petition calling for W. S. Gilbert's copyright on the libretti of Gilbert and Sullivan operas to be extended indefinitely, was the grandson of comic actor George Grossmith who starred in them?