Ameliorate

Word of the day  

mitigate

Definition: v.tr. make milder or less intense or severe; moderate (your offer certainly mitigated their hostility).
Synonyms: extenuate, palliate
Etymology: ME f. L mitigare mitigat- f. mitis mild (more...)

Quote of the day  

Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
by Roger Babson

Birthday of the day  

Yazid I

Yazīd ibn Mu‘āwiya ibn Abī Sufyān Arabic: يزيد بن معاوية بن أبي سفيان‎ (born 645; died 683), commonly known as Yazid I, was the second Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate (and the first one by heredity), ruling for three years from 680 CE until his death in 683 CE. The period of Yazid's rule is thought of as a disaster for Muslims and his rule is still remembered by many, especially Shia Muslims. His period witnessed the massacre of Kerbala, losses in North Africa, and a loss of supremacy at sea. During this period, the spoilation and profanation of the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah by his forces occurred.

Joke of the day  

A young child walked up to her mother and stared at her hair. As mother scrubbed on the dishes, the girl cleared her throat and sweetly asked, 'Why do you have some grey strands in your hair?' The mother paused and looked at her daughter. 'Every time you disobey, I get one strand of grey hair. If you want me to stay pretty, you better obey.' The mother quickly returned to her task of washing dishes. The little girl stood there thinking. She cleared her throat again. 'Mother?' She sweetly asked again. 'Yes?' Her Mother replied. 'Why is Grandma's hair all grey?'

Thought of the day  

Once we hold a belief, it tends to stick with us for the rest of our lives, unless we challenge it.

Fact of the day  

1319 – A Knights Hospitaller fleet scores a crushing victory over an Aydinid fleet off Chios.
 

Biography of the day  

Archibald Cox

Archibald Cox (17 May 1912-29 May 2004), distinguished lawyer, Harvard Law professor, U.S. solicitor general, and Watergate special prosecutor, was born Archibald Cox, Jr., in Plainfield, New Jersey, the oldest child of the prominent New York lawyer Archibald Cox, Sr., and Frances 'Fanny' Perkins. Young 'Archie' spent much of his childhood at the estate of his mother's family in Windsor, Vermont, a wooded retreat established by his great-grandfather William M. Evarts. Evarts, a descendant of the founding founder Roger Sherman, was a renowned nineteenth-century lawyer who had represented President Andrew Johnson in his impeachment trial (1868) and an independent-minded statesman who served as U.S. attorney general, secretary of state, and senator from New York. This family history entwined with law and public service influenced Archie from his earliest days.

Article of the day  

Alaska class

The Alaska class consisted of six cruisers ordered prior to World War II for the US Navy. They were officially classed as large cruisers (CB), but others have regarded them as battlecruisers. Their intermediate status is reflected in the naming of the ships after US territories and insular areas, rather than states (battleships) or cities (cruisers). The idea for a large cruiser class originated in the early 1930s when the Navy sought to counter German Deutschland-class "pocket battleships". Planning of what became the Alaska class began in the later 1930s after the deployment of Germany's s and rumors that Japan was constructing a new battlecruiser class. To serve as "cruiser-killers" capable of seeking out and destroying such ships, the Alaska class was given large guns, limited armor protection against 12-inch shells, and machinery capable of speeds of about 31–33 knots (36–38 mph, 58–61 km/h). Of the six planned, two were completed and a third was cancelled during construction. and (pictured) served for the last year of World War II as bombardment ships and fast carrier escorts, and were decommissioned in 1947.

Did you know

  • that when a member of the Royal Commission on Local Government in England in 1966-69, Derek Senior wrote a memorandum of dissent as long as the report itself?
  • that despite his father calling him 'the flower of my fleet', Fleetwood Pellew (pictured) still managed to provoke two mutinies and spent thirty years on half-pay?
  • that D. Bennett Mazur was elected in 1991 to serve a sixth term in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 37th Legislative District, but resigned after suffering a stroke on Election Day?
  • that in 1899 Isaac Seneca became the first Native American to be named as an All-American football player while playing halfback for the Carlisle Indian School?