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


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


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


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🌄: 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


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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On This Day🌄 Jul 24

1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI.

1701 – Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit.

1847 – After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into …

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On This Day🌄 Jul 23

1829 – William Austin Burt was awarded a patent for the typographer, the first practical typewriting machine.

1914 – Austria-Hungary presented Serbia with an ultimatum to allow them to investigate the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, that Serbia would ultimately reject, leading to World War I.

1942 – The Holocaust: The gas chambers …

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Word of the Day🌄: woolgathering


indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness: His woolgathering was a handicap in school.
gathering of the tufts of wool shed by sheep and caught on bushes.

Woolgathering entered English in the mid-1500s. The daydreaming sense grew out of the literal sense as the activity of gathering tufts …

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