A conscientious objector is a person who, on the basis of religious or moral principles, refuses to participate in military service. Political opposition to the particular aim of conscription, such as that maintained by many during the Vietnam War, is usually considered a separate category. The postwar Selective Service Act, passed in 1948, required that conscientious objection be based on religious belief and training that included belief in a Supreme Being. In what year was this changed?
Back in the day
One of the most popular animated TV shows in American history, The Simpsons has earned its spot in pop culture through its parodies of the "Middle American" lifestyle. The show, created by Matt Groening, is a spin-off of a series of animated shorts originally aired on The Tracey Ullman Show and has earned 21 Emmy Awards, 22 Annie Awards, and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Groening named most of the main characters after his own family members. Where does Bart's name come from?
Born on a day like today
Beethoven is universally recognized as one of the greatest composers of the Western European music tradition. Aside from his architectonic innovations and expansion of the classical sonata and symphony, he brought to music a new depth and intensity of emotion that was emulated by later romantic composers but probably never surpassed. Beethoven had a reputation as an isolated romantic genius partly because of his temper and what strange habits?