Quote of the Day

George Eliot
There is no feeling, perhaps, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music. Discuss

Sun Tzu
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.

Lucy Maud Montgomery
We are never half so interesting when we have learned that language is given us to enable us to conceal our thoughts.

This Day in History

Diocletian Publishes Edict Calling for Persecution of Christians (303 CE)
Though the Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered the persecution of Christians several times, his so-called Great Persecution began with an official edict. Churches were razed, scriptures burned, and practitioners executed. A few years later, he became the first Roman emperor to voluntarily abdicate, after which he retired to Croatia to grow cabbages in peace. The reign of Constantine soon made Christianity the empire's preferred religion. When asked to return to the throne, how did Diocletian reply? Discuss

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (1945)
The first American attack on Japanese soil during WWII, the Battle of Iwo Jima lasted more than a month and claimed tens of thousands of Japanese and American lives. Just days into the campaign, photographer Joe Rosenthal witnessed a group of American soldiers struggling to raise their flag on Iwo Jima's highest point and took what would become the most reproduced photograph in history. It was the second flag-raising that day. How many of the six men shown in the photograph survived the battle?

The Securitas Depot Robbery (2006)
In an elaborate heist that took place over the course of several hours, the manager of the Securitas bank depot in Kent, England, was abducted along with his family and forced by a gang of masked, armed men to help steal approximately £53 million. In the process, 14 other staff members at the depot were held captive. It was the largest robbery in British history, and dozens of people would eventually be arrested in connection with it. What had previously been the UK's largest cash robbery?