From today's featured article
Colin Robert Chase (February 5, 1935 – October 13, 1984) was an American academic. An associate professor of English at the University of Toronto, he was known for his contributions to the studies of Old English and Anglo-Latin literature. His father was a newspaper executive and his mother, Mary Chase, was a playwright who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His best-known work, The Dating of Beowulf, challenged the accepted consensus as to when the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf (page pictured) was created; it left behind what was described in A Beowulf Handbook as "a cautious and necessary incertitude". Chase was also known for writing Two Alcuin Letter-Books, a scholarly collection of 24 letters by the 8th-century scholar Alcuin. He also contributed to the Dictionary of the Middle Ages and wrote the Beowulf section of "This Year's Work in Old English Studies" for the Old English Newsletter for nearly a decade. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that a 1944 serial film (poster pictured) was the first film appearance of Captain America and the first film appearance of any Marvel Comics character?
- ... that of the ten Royal Navy flag officers to die during the First World War, three were killed in action?
- ... that Henry R. Pattengill requested that his name be removed from the ballot?
- ... that zinc white was found in several versions of The Scream?
- ... that Indian independence activist and author P. Kodanda Rao's correspondence with Mahatma Gandhi helped to clarify Thoreau's influence on Gandhi?
- ... that some historians believe that Steele's Greenville expedition marked a shift in the Union's war policy?
- ... that after his tenure ended in 1964, Ipik Gandamana would be the last Indonesian minister of home affairs to be a civilian until 2009?
- ... that Alexander the Great occasionally founded cities not named after himself?
In the news
- Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf (pictured) dies at the age of 79.
- A Chinese balloon suspected of surveillance and espionage is shot down after overflying Canada and the United States.
- Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) makes its closest approach to the Earth.
- A suicide bombing in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, kills 100 people and injures more than 220 others.
- Petr Pavel is elected as president of the Czech Republic.
On this day
- 1637 – Ninety-eight sales for rare tulip bulbs were recorded on the last day of tulip mania, a speculative bubble in the Dutch Republic.
- 1818 – Charles XIV John (pictured) succeeded to the thrones of Sweden and Norway as the first monarch of the House of Bernadotte.
- 1861 – In a speech before the U.S. Congress, Representative John Edward Bouligny refused to join his fellow Louisiana congressmen in heeding the state's secession convention and resigning.
- 2004 – At least 21 cockle-gatherers were drowned by an incoming tide in Morecambe Bay, England, prompting the establishment of the British government's Gangmasters Licensing Authority.
Today's featured picture
The African grey hornbill (Lophoceros nasutus) is a bird of the hornbill family, which is widespread in much of sub-Saharan Africa and the south-west of the Arabian Peninsula. This female of the subspecies L. n. epirhinus was photographed in Namibia's Etosha National Park.
Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp