Word of the day


Sidereal – of or with respect or relating to the distant stars or constellations; determined by or from the stars.

Friday’s answers


J. Bloggs, Andrei and Teletext posed the questions for which they get my thanks.

(Marcel Marceau in Silent Movie was the only answer I was sure of, though like Andrei I’d have guessed Sounds of Silence  as fitting the theme).

If they’ve stumped us all they can claim a virtual bunch of roses by leaving the answers below.

Quote of the day


La gente de distintas partes del mundo podrá tener diferentes costumbres, idiomas extraños. Pero hay algo más hondo en común: la afinidad que nos da saber que todos somos miembros de la familia humana. Todos somos hermanos. – Carlos Gardel  who was born on this day in 1890.

(People from around the world will have different customs, foreign languages But there is something deeper in common: the affinity that gives us that we are all members of the human family. All are brothers).

December 11 in history


361 – Julian the Apostate entered Constantinople as sole Emperor of the Roman Empire.

630 – Muhammad led an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca.

969 – Byzatine Emperor Nikephoros II was assassinated by his wife Theofano and her lover, the later Emperor John I Tzimiskes.

1282 Llywelyn the Last, the last native Prince of Wales, was killed at Cilmeri.

1789 The University of North Carolina was chartered.

1792 – French Revolution: King Louis XVI of France was put on trial for treason by the National Convention.

1890  Carlos Gardel, tango singer was born  (d. 1935).

1904  Marge, American cartoonist, was born (d. 1993).

1907 Fire swept through Parliament Buildings destroying Bellamy’s restaurant but missing the library.

Parliament's library escapes great fire

1917 Lithuania declared its independence from Russia.

1918  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and Soviet dissident, Nobel laureate, was born (d 2008).

1931 The Statute of Westminster was passed granting complete autonomy to Britain’s six Dominions. It established legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Irish Free State, Dominion of Newfoundland, the Dominion of New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa.

Statute of Westminster passed

1936  Edward VIII’s abdication as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India became effective.

1940 David Gates, American musician (Bread), was born.

1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, following the Americans’ declaration of war on Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbour. The United States, in turn, declared war on Germany and Italy.

1942 – Donna Mills, American actress, was born.

1943  John Kerry, American politician, was born.

1944 Brenda Lee, American singer, was born.

1946 The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.

1954  Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5), was born.

1958  French Upper Volta gained self-government from France, and became the Republic of Upper Volta.

1972  Apollo 17 became the sixth Apollo mission to land on the Moon.

1997  The Kyoto Protocol opened for signature.

2005 Cronulla riots: Thousands of White Australians demonstrated against ethnic violence resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanesen (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney.

2008 Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

2012 – At least 125 people were killed and up to 200 injured in bombingsin the Alawite village of Aqrab, Syria.

2014 – The city of Detroit, Michigan emerges from the largest municipal bankruptcy in United States history.[1]

Sourced from Wikipedia and NZ History Online.

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