" I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself. "
Emily Bronte

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Buchanan Inaugurates New Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

The 1st transatlantic telegraph cable bridged the N American continent with that of Europe, speeding up communication between the two; messages that had taken weeks to deliver by ship could now be transmitted in minutes by telegraph. It took 3 attempts over an 8-year period before a lasting connection could be maintained. On Aug 16, 1858, the UK's Queen Victoria sent a telegram of congratulations to US President James Buchanan through the line. What was her message, and how did Buchanan respond?



Apple Cider

Apple cider is a non-alcoholic drink made from pressing apples, and differs from conventional apple juice in its tart taste and cloudy appearance. It is made from a blend of apples, and each mill keeps its blend secret. Especially popular in the US and Canada, cider is typically best in late autumn. In the US, fermented apple cider is known as hard cider. Hot, or mulled, cider is a popular cider variation, and consists of heated cider and spices. What is the risk of drinking unpasteurized cider?

Born on a day like today


Menachem Begin

In the 1940s, Begin headed the Irgun, a militant organization that fought against British Mandate authorities in Palestine. After 1949, he sat in the Knesset, where he led the opposition to the Labor party. In 1977, Begin's right-wing Likud party defeated Labor for the first time, and Begin became prime minister of Israel. He shared the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize with Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat as a result of the Camp David Accords. Begin retired from politics in 1983. Why?

Last updated on Thursday, 16th August 2007

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