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Nelson's Pillar was a large granite column capped by a statue of Horatio Nelson, erected in the centre of O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland, in 1809. It was severely damaged by explosives in March 1966 and demolished a week later. The monument was erected after the euphoria following Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It proved a popular tourist attraction but provoked aesthetic and political controversy, and there were frequent calls for it to be removed, or replaced with a memorial to an Irish hero. Nevertheless it remained. Its destruction just before the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising was, on the whole, well received by the Irish public. The police could identify no one responsible; when in 2000 a former republican activist admitted planting the explosives, he was not charged. Relics of the Pillar are found in various Dublin locations, and its memory is preserved in numerous works of Irish literature. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that Elisabeth Whittle, a garden historian, considers the gardens at Powis Castle (pictured) to be the most important and magnificent in Wales?
- ... that Walter White was a member of the prosecution for the Scopes trial in 1925 despite not passing the bar until 1944?
- ... that the investigation of Team Jorge, an Israeli disinformation outfit, led to the suspension of a prominent French news anchor?
- ... that No, Ma'am, That's Not History, Hugh Nibley's rebuttal to Fawn Brodie's divisive biography of Joseph Smith, started a trend of polemics in Mormon apologetics?
- ... that some fossils thought to be ancient marine animals have been reinterpreted as seaweeds?
- ... that Thomas Highgate was the first British soldier on the Western Front to be executed for desertion during the First World War?
- ... that the Brisbane Lions' AFL women's team in the AFL Women's season seven became the first AFLW team to score more than 200 points across the first three rounds of a season?
- ... that in the 1960s one could have tea and toast served to your changing room at the Carlisle Turkish baths in England?
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- The World Baseball Classic concludes with Japan defeating the United States for the championship (MVP Shohei Ohtani pictured).
- Swiss bank UBS announces its intention to acquire its competitor Credit Suisse in a government-brokered deal.
- The International Criminal Court issues arrest warrants for Russian president Vladimir Putin and Russian official Maria Lvova-Belova for the abduction of children from Ukraine.
- At the Academy Awards, Everything Everywhere All at Once wins seven awards, including Best Picture.
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March 24: World Tuberculosis Day
- 1603 – James VI of Scotland (pictured) succeeded to the thrones of England and Ireland as James I, uniting the realms under a single monarch.
- 1860 – Japanese chief minister Ii Naosuke was assassinated by rōnin samurai upset with his role in opening Japan to foreign powers.
- 1946 – The British Cabinet Mission arrived in New Delhi to discuss the transfer of power from the colonial government to Indian leadership.
- 1980 – One day after making a plea to Salvadoran soldiers to stop carrying out the government's repression, Archbishop Óscar Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass in San Salvador.
- 2008 – Led by Jigme Thinley, the Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party won 45 of 47 seats in the country's first National Assembly election.
- Elizabeth Ridgeway (d. 1684)
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (d. 1882)
- Jessica Chastain (b. 1977)
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The Civilization franchise is composed primarily of a series of turn-based strategy video games and associated media. The core of the franchise is a series of six titles for personal computers, released between 1991 and 2016. Sid Meier (pictured) developed Civilization (1991), the first game in the series and has had creative input for most of its sequels. The official titles of the Civilization series, core games, and most spin-offs include his name, as in Sid Meier's Civilization. The first game in the series was created by MicroProse co-founder Meier and Bruce Shelley. MicroProse continued the series for several years, but beginning with Civilization III (2001) through the latest title, Civilization VI (2016), it has been developed by Firaxis Games. In addition to video games, the franchise includes several board games, artbooks, and music albums. (Full list...)
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Gerty Cori (1896–1957) was a Czech-American biochemist. She was the third woman to win a Nobel Prize in science, and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for her significant role in the "discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen". Born in Prague, Cori grew up at a time when women were marginalized in science and allowed few educational opportunities, but she nonetheless gained admittance to medical school. With her husband Carl Ferdinand Cori and the Argentine physiologist Bernardo Houssay, she received the Nobel Prize in 1947. This photograph from the Smithsonian Institution Archives, taken in the same year, shows Cori and her husband working in their laboratory.
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