The lily of the valley, or Convallaria majalis, lives in shady places and has delicate bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers that grow on a stalk between two shiny leaves. The plant, which is a symbol of humility in religious painting, has long been used medicinally for cardiac disorders, but also contains poisonous substances. Lily of the valley is the national flower of what country?
Back in the day
The US and UK announced indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the 1988 bombing of Pan American flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. During a trial held a decade later in the Netherlands, one of the defendants was found guilty, and Libya was forced to pay compensation to the victims' families. Whose presence on board the airplane has given rise to a number of conspiracy theories about the motivations behind the bombing?
Born on a day like today
Monet was a French painter who helped found the Impressionist movement in the 1860s. Monet's work includes renowned en plein air, or outdoor, paintings, which capture natural landscapes with accents of sunlight and vibrant colors. He is also known for painting the same subject repeatedly, at different times of day and in different seasons, to show how changing light affects form. Where did Monet paint his famous Water Lilies series?