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February 23

Word of the Day
Definition: (adjective) Parched with the heat of the sun; intensely hot.
Synonyms: fervent, fiery, ardent, burning
Usage: The torrid noonday sun shone down on the travelers in the desert.

This Day in History
Mussolini Forms the Italian Fascist Party (1919)
Although used informally as a political epithet for any totalitarian worldview, the word "fascism," in more technical terms, refers to a political ideology that combines corporatism, nationalism, and totalitarianism. Who was the neo-Hegelian philosopher who wrote the article The Doctrine of Fascism, and who signed the article instead of the actual author? More...

Today's Birthday
W.E.B. DuBois (1868)
DuBois was an early African American civil rights leader and scholar. The first African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University, he was an outspoken critic of the social inequalities that existed in the US during the early part of the 20th century, and he helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). More...

Quotation of the Day
The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.
E. M. Forster