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The North Eastern Railway War Memorial is a First World War memorial in York in northern England designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It commemorates employees of the North Eastern Railway (NER) who were killed while serving in the First World War. The NER, one of the largest employers in the north of England, released over 18,000 of its employees to serve in the armed forces. By the end of the war, 2,236 men from the company had died on military service overseas; others were killed at home by bombardments of east coast ports, including a raid on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby, and three Zeppelin raids on York. After the war, thousands of memorials were built across Britain. Among the most prominent designers of memorials was Lutyens, described by Historic England as "the leading English architect of his generation". The NER memorial, unveiled in 1924, consists of a 54-foot-high (16-metre) obelisk rising from the rear portion of a three-sided screen wall. The wall forms a recess in which stands Lutyens' characteristic Stone of Remembrance. The memorial is a grade II* listed building. (Full article...) Recently featured: California Diamond Jubilee half dollar Peter Martyr Vermigli Corvus (constellation) Archive By email More featured articles

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Benedict Arnold Benedict Arnold led an expedition early in the American Revolutionary War from Cambridge, Massachusetts, through the wilderness of what is now Maine to the gates of Quebec City, setting out on September 11, 1775. Colonel Arnold's force of 1,100 Continental Army troops was part of a two-pronged invasion of the British Province of Quebec, along with Richard Montgomery's expedition pushing north from Lake Champlain. By the time Arnold reached the French settlements above the Saint Lawrence River in November, his force was reduced to 600 starving men. They had traveled about 350 miles (560 km) through poorly charted wilderness, twice the distance they had expected to cover. Assisted by the local French-speaking Canadiens, Arnold's troops crossed the Saint Lawrence on November 13 and 14 and attempted to put Quebec City under siege. Failing in this, they withdrew until Montgomery arrived to lead an unsuccessful attack on the city. Arnold received a promotion to brigadier general. His route through northern Maine has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Arnold Trail to Quebec. (Full article...) Part of the Canadian campaign of 1775 series, one of Wikipedia's featured topics. Recently featured: North Eastern Railway War Memorial California Diamond Jubilee half dollar Peter Martyr Vermigli Archive By email More featured articles

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Stained glass window depicting Steve Biko Steve Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was a South African Xhosa anti-apartheid activist. Fighting racial segregation and white-minority rule in South Africa, Biko was at the forefront of the grassroots Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s. Frustrated by the domination of white liberals in the anti-apartheid movement, he became a leading figure in the creation of the South African Students' Organisation in 1968. An African nationalist and African socialist, he was influenced by Frantz Fanon and the African-American Black Power movement. He promoted its slogan "black is beautiful", believing that black people needed to rid themselves of any sense of racial inferiority. In 1972, he helped found the Black People's Convention to spread these ideas among the wider population. Though the government banned Biko in 1973, he remained politically active. He was arrested in August 1977 and severely beaten by State security officers, resulting in his death. One of the earliest icons of the movement against apartheid, Biko is regarded as a political martyr. (Full article...) Recently featured: Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec North Eastern Railway War Memorial California Diamond Jubilee half dollar Archive By email More featured articles

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Bachtiar Effendi Si Ronda is a 1930 silent film from the Dutch East Indies, directed by Lie Tek Swie and starring Bachtiar Effendi (pictured). It was adapted from a lenong (a Betawi oral tradition similar to a stage play) that was popular with ethnic Chinese and native audiences of the time. Adaptations of the genre, manifested as bandit films, appeared in domestic cinema following the release of Si Tjonat by Batavia Motion Picture in 1929. The Ronda stories follow the Betawi bandit of the same name, who is skilled at silat (traditional martial arts) and reputed to take from the rich to give to the poor. The Indonesian film scholar Misbach Yusa Biran suggests that Ronda was selected for adaptation because of its action sequences. In the domestic cinema, such sequences had generally been inspired by American works and been well received by audiences. The production, now thought lost, was one of a series of martial arts films released between 1929 and 1931. Si Ronda received little coverage in the media upon its release. A second adaptation of the tale, Si Ronda Macan Betawi, was made in 1978. (Full article...) Recently featured: Steve Biko Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec North Eastern Railway War Memorial Archive By email More featured articles

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Claudio Monteverdi Seven of Claudio Monteverdi's operas are lost, apart from a few fragments, out of ten the Italian composer wrote in whole or in part between 1607 and 1643. A few librettos from these early baroque works have survived. Opera as a genre emerged during Monteverdi's creative lifetime, and he became a principal exponent of this new form, first at the Mantuan court and later as director of music at St Mark's Basilica in Venice. The loss of these works, written during a critical period of early opera history, has been much regretted by historians and musicologists, but reflects the habit of the times, when stage music was thought to have little relevance beyond its initial performance and often vanished quickly. Contemporary documents, including many letters written by Monteverdi, have provided most of the available information on the lost works, and have established that four of them were completed and performed in the composer's lifetime. Of the little music that has survived, the lamento from L'Arianna (1608) is frequently performed. (Full article...) Recently featured: Si Ronda Steve Biko Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec Archive By email More featured articles

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Eve, the show's eponymous star Eve is an American television sitcom, created by Meg DeLoatch, that originally aired on United Paramount Network from September 15, 2003, to May 11, 2006. It features an ensemble cast with Eve (pictured), Jason George, Ali Landry, Natalie Desselle-Reid, Brian Hooks, and Sean Maguire as six friends attempting to navigate relationships with the opposite sex. Produced by The Greenblatt-Janollari Studio, Mega Diva Inc., and Warner Bros. Television, the series was developed as a vehicle for Eve under the working title The Opposite Sex, and was targeted to younger audiences. After being picked up, the show was renamed Eve to attract the rapper's fans. The series was set in Miami, but filmed at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Eve suffered from low viewership in spite of high ratings among young Hispanic women. The cancellations of this series and other black sitcoms were criticized by media outlets for reducing representation of African American characters and the number of roles for African American actors on television. Critical response to Eve was mixed, but the show and Eve received several award nominations. (Full article...) Recently featured: Lost operas by Claudio Monteverdi Si Ronda Steve Biko Archive By email More featured articles