From today's featured article
Robert Howard Hodgkin (1877–1951), nicknamed "Robin", was an English historian who spent his career at The Queen's College, Oxford (pictured). He was appointed a lecturer of modern history in 1900, made a fellow in 1904 and a tutor in 1910, and held the post of university lecturer in modern history from 1928 to 1934. In 1936 and 1937, Hodgkin became pro-provost when B. H. Streeter fell ill, then retired shortly after Streeter's return. Streeter soon died in a plane crash, however, and Hodgkin, only six days into his retirement, was called upon to take on the role of provost; he served until 1946. Hodgkin was remembered for his dedication, his flexible teaching style, shepherding the college through the wartime years, the reconstruction of the college's grand library, and his book on the college's history. He was particularly known for his 1935 work, A History of the Anglo-Saxons. Hodgkin was also part of a so-called "Quaker dynasty"; he was forced to leave the Society of Friends after serving in the Second Boer War. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that Christian "Chrigel" Maurer (pictured), eight-time winner of the X-Alps "hike-and-fly" paragliding endurance race, and his future wife Karin both won gold medals at the same World Cup event?
- ... that due to the 1955 Brazilian coup d'état, Brazil had three presidents in the span of a single week?
- ... that artist Joan Brigham is best known for her work with steam?
- ... that following its closure, the former Admiral Beatty Hotel was converted into a senior citizens' apartment building?
- ... that even though Mother Mary Corona received no formal teacher training, she was the president of Alverno Teachers College?
- ... that the 1968 book Yanomamö: The Fierce People led to a major and decade-long controversy in the field of anthropology?
- ... that Major League Baseball player Wade Meckler was 4 feet 10 inches (1.47 metres) tall, and weighed 75 pounds (34 kilograms), as a high-school freshman?
- ... That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd that once led to the Jergins Trust Building in Long Beach, California?
In the news
- A ceasefire is announced following Azerbaijan's launch of a military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Canada accuses the Indian government of killing Sikh-separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil, causing a diplomatic crisis.
- Evika Siliņa (pictured) takes office as Prime Minister of Latvia.
- In Hanoi, Vietnam, a fire at an apartment building kills at least 56 people.
On this day
- 1170 – Norman invasion of Ireland: English and Irish forces conquered Dublin, forcing Ascall mac Ragnaill, the last Norse–Gaelic king of Dublin, into exile.
- 1823 – According to Joseph Smith, he was first visited by the Angel Moroni, who would guide him to the golden plates that became the basis of the Book of Mormon.
- 1918 – World War I: The Battle of Nazareth ended with the British Empire victorious over the Ottomans.
- 1958 – After over fourteen years of construction, the first section of Interstate 80 in Iowa (pictured) opened in the Des Moines metropolitan area.
- 2001 – Several British Muslim youths in Peterborough, England, murdered 17-year-old Ross Parker, leading to debate over whether the British media failed to cover racially-motivated crimes with white victims.
Today's featured picture
Spathiphyllum wallisii, the peace lily, is a species of indoor houseplant in the family Araceae. The genus name means "spathe leaf", and the specific epithet is named after Gustav Wallis, a German plant collector. This photograph depicts an inflorescence of a S. wallisii potted plant in Lysekil, Sweden. The spadix is 2.7 centimetres (1.1 in) in length.
Photograph credit: W.carter