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This Day in History

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Oldsmobile Builds Its Last Car (2004)
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTFounded in 1897 by Ransom Olds, Oldsmobile—not Ford—was the first company to mass produce automobiles. After it became part of General Motors in 1908, it shifted to making luxury vehicles. Sales soared in the 1970s and 80s—the Cutlass was the top-selling car in America in 1976—but by the 90s, Oldsmobile had lost its market to other GM divisions. Amid declining profitability, GM discontinued the line in 2004 after 107 years. The first Oldsmobile was the Curved Dash. What was the last? Discuss

Charles de Gaulle Resigns as President of France (1969)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTA celebrated general and statesman, de Gaulle was elected first president of France's Fifth Republic—a system of government with broad executive powers—in 1959. He helped write the constitution and pushed for direct popular election of the president. The mass civil unrest of May 1968 by students and workers almost toppled his government, and in 1969 de Gaulle was defeated in a referendum on constitutional amendments and resigned. He died just a year later. Whom did he bar from his funeral?

US President Abraham Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus (1861)
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTIn law, habeas corpus is a writ ordering that a person be brought before a judge, especially to decide whether a prisoner's detention is lawful. Its suspension means that prisoners can be held indefinitely without being charged. During the US Civil War, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus to arrest and silence Southern dissenters. A legal battle ensued, and Lincoln prevailed. How was habeas corpus treated in the Confederacy at this time?


In the News

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Researchers Find Means By Which Mushrooms Glow
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTA team of researchers from Russia, Brazil and Japan has uncovered the means by which two kinds of mushrooms glow in the dark. In their paper published on the open-access site Science Advances, the group describes their study of Neonothopanus gardneri and Neonothopanus Discuss

Meet "Steve," a Strange New Sky Phenomenon
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTMeet "Steve," a strange, new aurora feature discovered by citizen scientists and verified by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm satellites. Eric Donovan, a researcher at University of Calgary in Canada, first heard of "Steve" while talking to members of ...

This Caterpillar Digests Plastic. Could It Help Save the Environment?
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTFederica Bertocchini, a biologist at Spain's Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria and a hobbyist beekeeper, used a common plastic shopping bag to collect pests called wax worms. The caterpillars, the larvae of the moth Galleria ...


Today's Birthday

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (1957)
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTThe son of a British poet laureate and an actress, Day-Lewis is one of the most respected and critically acclaimed actors today. He is also one of the most selective, working only sporadically and maintaining a low profile between films. The intense method actor has won two Academy Awards for best actor, for 1989's My Left Foot and 2007's There Will Be Blood, and is known for his diverse and convincing roles. In 1997, he disappeared and became an apprentice in Italy—in what trade? Discuss

Nelle Harper Lee (1926)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTThe daughter of an Alabama lawyer, Lee studied law before publishing her first and only novel in 1960. To Kill a Mockingbird, the story of a white lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white girl, immediately found national acclaim. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was adapted for film the next year. Though her novel is still widely read, Lee has largely stayed out of the spotlight. What did she write in response to a school board's decision to ban her novel?

Ulysses S. Grant (1822)
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTThough he served with bravery in the Mexican-American War, Grant resigned his post several years later, possibly due to his heavy drinking. However, he returned to serve in the US Civil War and won a string of brilliant victories. Three years after Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to him, ending the war, Grant was elected president. Still, he spent his final years in poverty after being swindled by a friend. Days before his death, he did what to secure his family's finances?


Article of the Day

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Bog Bodies
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTBecause of their extreme acidity, bogs form a natural preservative and have been found to be a valuable repository of human remains. Over the past two centuries, hundreds of bodies—some of which date back 10,000 years—have been recovered from bogs throughout Europe. These unusually preserved corpses often remain so intact that even intricate details like tattoos and fingerprints can still be distinguished. How did many of the people whose remains have been recovered from the bogs die? Discuss

The Hammond Circus Train Wreck
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTOn June 22, 1918, a locomotive pulling 20 empty passenger cars rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train near Hammond, Indiana. The wreck and subsequent fire—likely ignited by the oil lamps in the circus train's wooden sleeping cars—resulted in 86 deaths and 127 injuries. Most of the dead were buried five days later in a nearby cemetery in a section called Showmen's Rest, which had been purchased by the Showmen's League of America just months earlier. What caused the collision?

Storm Chasing
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTBroadly defined as the pursuit of any severe weather condition, storm chasing is an endeavor with motives ranging from thrill-seeking to serious scientific research. Although witnessing a tornado is the primary goal for most storm chasers, many enjoy watching thunderstorms, hail, lightning, and other meteorological events as well. Storm chasers are most active in May and June in the American Great Plains region. Who is generally considered the first storm chaser?


Quote of the Day

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Joseph Conrad
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTThe conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it. Discuss

W. Somerset Maugham
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTWe do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.

John Milton
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTTo be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.

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