Daily Archives: October 11, 2018

Today’s Holiday: Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar


Today’s Holiday:
Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar

According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James the Apostle when he was in Saragossa (Zaragoza), Spain. She spoke to him from the top of a pillar, which he interpreted as a sign that he should build a chapel where the column stood. The Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar is observed with special masses and processions, such as the Gigantes—giant cardboard and canvas figures representing Spanish kings and queens or famous literary and historical figures—and the cabezudos, or “big heads”—grotesque puppets with huge heads. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Today’s Birthday: Luciano Pavarotti (1935)


Today’s Birthday:
Luciano Pavarotti (1935)

Originally a schoolteacher, Pavarotti only began his vocal training in his 20s but nevertheless became one of the most successful tenors of all time. He made his professional debut in 1961 and then debuted at La Scala in 1965 and the Metropolitan Opera in 1968. A popular favorite, Pavarotti was noted for the rich and ringing clarity of his voice as well as for his immense personal charm. At the peak of his career, his concerts drew hundreds of thousands of attendees. Where did he last perform? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: WWI Nurse Edith Cavell Executed for Aiding Allied Soldiers (1915)


This Day in History:
WWI Nurse Edith Cavell Executed for Aiding Allied Soldiers (1915)

An English nurse, Cavell was working to improve the nursing standards at a Brussels hospital when World War I broke out. After Germany occupied Belgium, she became involved with an underground group that helped about 200 Allied soldiers escape to the Netherlands. In 1915, she was arrested by the German occupation authorities and court-martialed. Despite diplomatic pressure on Germany, she was executed and became a celebrated martyr of the Allies. What reportedly went wrong at the execution? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Bram Stoker


Quote of the Day:
Bram Stoker

It is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all, and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain. : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day from The Free Dictionary. The Gregorian Calendar:


Article of the Day from The Free Dictionary.

The Gregorian Calendar: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/_/shPg.aspx?t=a17816uFGy3

Idiom of the Day from The Free Dictionary. not get a wink of sleep:


Idiom of the Day from The Free Dictionary.

not get a wink of sleep: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/_/shPg.aspx?t=i17816uFGy3

Word of the Day: malinger


Word of the Day:
malinger

Definition: (verb) To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.

Synonyms: skulk

Usage: To make sure that employees do not malinger, the boss insists that all workers submit a doctor’s note when they return to work after calling in sick.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch