Word of the day  


Definition: 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  

Isabelle of Hainaut

Isabella of Hainault (Valenciennes, 5 April 1170 – 15 March 1190, Paris) was queen consort of France as the first wife of King Philip II of France.

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  

215 BC – A temple is built on the Capitoline Hill dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene.

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  

13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar

The 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar was a German mountain infantry division of the Waffen-SS during World War II. Raised in the Independent State of Croatia, it was given the title Handschar after a fighting knife carried by Turkish policemen when the region was part of the Ottoman Empire. From March to December 1944, it fought a counter-insurgency campaign against communist-led Yugoslav Partisan resistance forces. The first non-Germanic Waffen-SS division, it was composed of Bosnian Muslims with some Catholic Croat soldiers and mostly German and ethnic German officers and non-commissioned officers. It swore allegiance to Adolf Hitler and the Croatian leader Ante Pavelić. It established a designated "security zone" in north-eastern Bosnia but fought outside the zone on several occasions. It gained a reputation for brutality and savagery during combat operations and atrocities against Serb and Jewish civilians. After late 1944, non-German members began to desert in large numbers, particularly once they had retreated inside the Reich frontier. Others surrendered to British forces. Thirty-eight officers were extradited to Yugoslavia, and ten were executed.

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?