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On This Day🌄 Jul 31

781 – The oldest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji (pictured) (Traditional Japanese date: July 6, 781).

1492 – The Jews are expelled from Spain when the Alhambra Decree takes effect.

1588 – The Spanish Armada is spotted off the coast of England.

1658 – Aurangzeb is proclaimed Moghul emperor of India.

1919 – German national …

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Word of the Day🌄: pantechnicon

pantechnicon

a furniture van; moving van. Also called pantechnicon van.

Pantechnicon can be traced to the Greek pân meaning "everything" and technikón meaning "artistic, skillful." It entered English in the 1830s as the name of a London bazaar that eventually came to be used as a furniture warehouse, thus giving …

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Word of the Day🌄: aesthete

aesthete

a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature.
a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters.

Aesthete finds its roots in the Greek aisthánesthai meaning "to perceive." It entered English in the …

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On This Day🌄 Jul 30

1811 – Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, an early leader of the Mexican War of Independence, was executed by Spanish authorities.

1825 – Malden Island (pictured), now one of Kiribati's Line Islands, was discovered by Captain The 7th Lord Byron.

1916 – German agents caused a major explosion when they sabotaged American ammunition supplies …

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Word of the Day🌄: skylark

skylark

to frolic; sport: The children were skylarking on the beach.
a brown-speckled European lark, Alauda arvensis, famed for its melodious song.

Skylark entered English in the late 1600s as the name for a bird known for its in-flight singing. The verb sense is first attested in the early 1800s …

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On This Day🌄 Jul 29

1014 – Byzantine–Bulgarian wars: Forces of the Byzantine Empire defeated troops of the Bulgarian Empire at the Battle of Kleidion (pictured) in the Belasica Mountains near present-day Klyuch, Bulgaria.

1858 – Japan reluctantly signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, an unequal treaty giving the United States various commercial and diplomatic …

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Word of the Day🌄: virgule

virgule

a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense of the text in which they occur: The defendant and his/her attorney must appear in court.

Virgule entered English from French, where it means "comma, little rod." It ultimately …

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On This Day🌄 Jul 28

1821 – Peruvian War of Independence: Argentine general José de San Martín declared the independence of Peru from Spain.

1866 – At the age of 18, Vinnie Ream became the youngest artist and first female to receive a commission from the United States government for a statue—that of Abraham Lincoln in …

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Word of the Day🌄: sonorous

sonorous

rich and full in sound, as language or verse.
giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place: a sonorous cavern.
loud, deep, or resonant, as a sound.

Sonorous derives from the Latin root sonor meaning "sound." It entered …

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On This Day🌄 Jul 27

1302 – Byzantine–Ottoman Wars: The Ottoman sultanate gained its first major victory against the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Bapheus in Bithynia.

1916 – British mariner Charles Fryatt (pictured) was executed at Bruges, Belgium, after a court-martial found him to be a franc-tireur.

1953 – An armistice was signed to end …

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Word of the Day🌄: inculcate

inculcate

to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in): to inculcate virtue in the young.

Inculcate descends from the Latin verb inculcāre meaning "to trample, tread" with the root word calx meaning "heel." It entered English in the mid-1500s.

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On This Day🌄 Jul 26

1581 – Representatives of the States General of the Netherlands signed the Act of Abjuration, declaring the independence of the Dutch Low Countries from King Philip II of Spain.

1882 – Boer mercenaries declared their independence from the Transvaal Republic and established the Republic of Stellaland.

1936 – The Canadian National Vimy Memorial …

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Word of the Day🌄: chiasmus

chiasmus

Rhetoric. a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, as in “He went to the country, to the town went she.”

Chiasmus stems from the Greek word chiasmós meaning "crossing," and which in turn is formed on the root chi, the twenty-second letter of the …

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On This Day🌄 Jul 25

306 – Constantine the Great was proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops after the death of Constantius Chlorus.

1814 – War of 1812: In present-day Niagara Falls, Ontario, the United States and Great Britain engaged in Battle of Lundy's Lane, one of the deadliest ever fought on Canadian soil.

1893 – The Corinth …

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