From today's featured article
Palladian architecture is an architectural style based on the work of Andrea Palladio. Buildings which adhere to his concepts of symmetry, perspective and the principles of classical architecture are described as Palladian. This can be seen at Villa La Rotonda (pictured), one of Palladio's most influential designs, which he began around 1565. The style spread from Italy in the early 17th century and was introduced to England by Inigo Jones. The early 18th century saw a resurgence led by Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, whose own Chiswick House, and Holkham Hall with William Kent, are among the finest English Palladian buildings. In North America, Palladianism was taken up by Thomas Jefferson; his home, Monticello, was based on a design by Palladio. The style was superseded by Neoclassical architecture in the later 18th century, and in the 19th both were eclipsed by the Gothic Revival. Palladio remains an influential architect and works in his style continue to be built. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that the earliest-known Phoenician inscriptions (examples pictured) were found near Bethlehem?
- ... that women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony spoke twice at the now defunct Academy of Music in Sioux City, Iowa, during the 1870s?
- ... that upon his rescue, Alexander Armstrong retrieved his journal against his captain's orders, and its publication contradicted the captain's claims about their chances of survival?
- ... that Jesse Fuller's first release of his song "You're No Good" was more than a year after Bob Dylan had included it on his debut album?
- ... that when reggae musician Bob Marley was arrested in London for cannabis possession, he falsely told the police he lived in Collingham Gardens?
- ... that in 1948, Thomas Yarborough became the first African American to be elected as a city council member in California?
- ... that U.S. sanctions against Iran have adversely impacted Iranian children with epidermolysis bullosa, among other patients?
- ... that Lillian Chase became interested in diabetes after meeting the first patient to receive insulin, and went on to become an expert in the disease?
In the news
- Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, is critically injured after a knife attack at a speech in Chautauqua, New York, in the United States.
- A mass shooting after a family conflict in Cetinje, Montenegro, leaves 11 people dead and 6 others injured.
- The Chess Olympiad concludes with Uzbekistan winning the open event and Ukraine winning the women's event (best individual open player David Howell pictured).
- Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda, is killed by a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan.
On this day
- 582 – Maurice was crowned Byzantine emperor to succeed Tiberius II Constantine.
- 1762 – Anglo-Spanish War: The United Kingdom captured Havana after a five-week siege, holding it until the Treaty of Paris the following year.
- 1876 – The Bayreuth Festival, now known for showcasing the stage works of Richard Wagner, was inaugurated under the direction of Wagner and his wife Cosima.
- 1999 – The Act on National Flag and Anthem was adopted, formally establishing the Hinomaru (design illustrated) and "Kimigayo" as the Japanese national flag and anthem, respectively.
- 2004 – Hurricane Charley struck the U.S. state of Florida, just 22 hours after Tropical Storm Bonnie inflicted its own damage to the region.
Today's featured picture
Nell Mercer (August 13, 1893 – September 30, 1979) was an American suffragist. Born in North Landing, Virginia, she grew up in Norfolk, becoming a member of the local branch of the National Woman's Party. As a member of the Silent Sentinels, she picketed Woodrow Wilson's White House in support of women's suffrage in the United States. As a businesswoman, she purchased the Brunswick Hotel in Copley Square, Boston, and was its final owner before the property was sold to IBM. This photograph of Mercer, from the archives of the National Woman's Party, was taken in the 1910s.
Photograph credit: unknown; restored by Adam Cuerden