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Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

German Socialist Kurt Eisner Is Assassinated (1919)

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

Eisner was a German journalist and politician. From 1898, he was editor of Vorwärts, the official Social Democratic Party newspaper. He joined the Independent Social Democratic Party in 1917, later becoming its leader. In November 1918, he organized a Socialist revolution that overthrew the monarchy in Bavaria, and he became the first prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the new Bavarian republic. In February 1919, Eisner was assassinated while on his way to do what? Discuss


The Barber of Seville's Disastrous Debut (1816)

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

In 1816, Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini produced The Barber of Seville, based on the comedy by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais. Though Rossini created much of the opera's music in just weeks, it resounds with his brilliant arias, ensemble numbers, and famous crescendos. Still, several on-stage accidents and constant jeers from the audience, likely spurred by supporters of one of Rossini's rivals, made its debut in Rome a disaster. What happened during the second performance?


Battle of Iwo Jima Begins (1945)

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

The island of Iwo Jima is only 8 sq mi (21 sq km) in area, but when US forces attacked the Japanese air base there during WWII, it became the site of one of the most severe campaigns of the war. More than 21,000 Japanese troops and nearly 7,000 Americans died in the clashes. A photograph of US marines raising the American flag over Iwo Jima's Mt. Suribachi has since become one of the most famous images of the war. Iwo Jima was occupied by the US until it was returned to Japan in what year?



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Today's Birthdays

 

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

Andrés Segovia (1893)

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

Segovia was a Spanish guitarist whose transcriptions of early contrapuntal music, along with his concerts and recordings, were largely responsible for the 20th-century resurgence of interest in the guitar and its possibilities as a concert instrument. Almost entirely self-taught, he made his debut in Grenada in 1909 and by the 1920s was touring internationally. He continued to perform into his 90s. Which composers wrote works just for Segovia? Discuss


Kurt Cobain (1967)

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

Cobain formed the rock trio Nirvana in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, in 1986. The group's second album, Nevermind, featured the iconic hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and was the first punk-oriented album to achieve popularity with a mainstream audience. However, Cobain railed against his fame in Nirvana's next album, In Utero. Known for his self-destructive behavior and heroin use, he committed suicide in 1994. What tribute to Cobain is featured on a sign in his hometown?


André Breton (1896)

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

Breton was a French writer, critic, and editor. In 1919, he helped found the Dadaist review Littérature. Influenced by psychiatry and the Symbolist movement, he wrote poetry using the automatic-writing technique. In 1924, his Manifeste du surréalismeSurrealist Manifesto—provided a definition of Surrealism as "pure psychic automatism." In 1938, he founded the Fédération de l'Art Revolutionnaire Indépendant in Mexico with what one-time commander of the Red Army?



Article of the Day

 

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

Arcology

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

A portmanteau of the words "architecture" and "ecology," arcology refers to a set of architectural principles concerning the design of enormous habitats meant to accommodate an extremely high human population density. These largely hypothetical "hyperstructures" are designed to contain a variety of residential, commercial, and agricultural facilities intended to minimize individual human environmental impact. What existing structures incorporate principles of arcology in their design? Discuss


Elephant Intelligence

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

Elephants are some of the most intelligent mammals on the planet and can therefore be trained to work and perform. However, their complex temperaments make training and handling them a challenge. Extensive studies place elephants in the category of great apes in terms of cognitive abilities for tool use and tool making, and their problem solving ability is considered equal to that of dolphins. Elephants are the only animals in the world known to have a ritual surrounding what event?


The Caspian Sea

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

The Caspian Sea is actually an inland salt lake located between Europe and Asia. It borders Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran. With an area of 149,200 sq mi (386,400 sq km), it is the largest inland body of water in the world. It receives many rivers but has no outlet and was an important part of the Mongol-Baltic trade route in the premodern era. Today, it is a major source of beluga caviar and petroleum. What other names has the Caspian Sea been called throughout history?



Quotations of the Day

 

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

W. Somerset Maugham

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance. Discuss


Jerome K. Jerome

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No; if it were men wouldn't be ashamed of it. It is a blunder, though, and is punished as such. A poor man is despised the whole world over.


Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.




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