From today's featured article
The 2nd Infantry Division was an infantry division of the British Army, first formed in 1809 for service in the Peninsular War. The second formation fought at the Battle of Waterloo and played an important role in defeating the final French attack. It was disbanded in December 1818. During the mid to late 19th century, several formations bearing the name 2nd Division were formed, including in 1854 to take part in the Crimean War and in 1899 for the Second Boer War. From 1902 the division was based at Aldershot, in southern England. When World War I broke out in 1914, it was deployed to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force. It served on the Western Front and suffered heavy casualties. The division returned to Aldershot for the interwar period. During World War II, the formation was deployed to France again, evacuated from Dunkirk, and served in Burma. In the post-war years it formed part of the British Army of the Rhine in Germany. The division was most recently disbanded in 2012. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that the Exchange Hotel, Montgomery (pictured), where Confederate president Jefferson Davis's inaugural procession started, also hosted Ku Klux Klan leaders, politicians, prostitutes, and two US presidents?
- ... that the groundwater level of a coastal aquifer system changes with the tide?
- ... that agronomist Simon Groot was awarded the 2019 World Food Prize for giving hundreds of millions of people access to nutritious vegetables?
- ... that 144 couples were pronounced man and wife on the Giant Drop before the cars at the top were released 205 feet (62 m) down?
- ... that as a child, Turkey national amputee footballer Şeyhmus Erdinç played football with balls he made out of crumpled paper?
- ... that when the Yale Club of New York City Building was completed in 1901, a Yale Club member said "it will be an easy matter to look down upon" the Harvard Club?
- ... that at 102 years old, Christian Lamb is one of the last surviving officers of the Women's Royal Naval Service who served throughout World War II?
- ... that given a choice between Life and World, the answer was Yes?
In the news
- Anwar Ibrahim (pictured) of the Pakatan Harapan coalition becomes Prime Minister of Malaysia after the general election produces the nation's first hung parliament.
- An earthquake centred near Cianjur in Indonesia's West Java kills at least 310 people and injures more than 2,000 others.
- In Canadian football, the Toronto Argonauts defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup.
- NASA's Artemis 1 is successfully launched on an uncrewed test flight to the Moon.
- The United Nations estimates the world population to have exceeded eight billion.
On this day
- 1842 – The University of Notre Dame (main building pictured) was founded by Edward Sorin of the Congregation of Holy Cross as an all-male institution in the U.S. state of Indiana.
- 1852 – A massive earthquake struck the Dutch East Indies, creating a tsunami that washed away villages, ships and residents.
- 1983 – Six robbers broke into a Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport in London and stole £26 million in gold, diamonds and cash.
- 2011 – In a friendly-fire incident, a skirmish occurred between U.S.-led NATO forces and Pakistani security forces at two military checkposts along the Afghanistan–Pakistan border.
Today's featured picture
Trần Nhân Tông (1258–1308) was the third monarch of the Trần dynasty, reigning over Đại Việt from 1278. During the second and third Mongol invasions of Đại Việt between 1284 and 1288, Nhân Tông and his father the retired emperor Trần Thánh Tông achieved a decisive victory against the Yuan dynasty. Nhân Tông ruled until his abdication in 1293, when he passed the throne on to his son Trần Anh Tông. This is a handscroll depicting Nhân Tông, which is now in the collection of the Liaoning Provincial Museum in Shenyang, China.
Painting credit: unknown; photographed by Chloë Trần Phương Anh