The craft of bookbinding began simply, with the use of boards to protect parchment manuscripts. By the 2nd century, sheets of parchment were being folded and sewn together. During the Middle Ages, the practice of making fine bindings for these sewn volumes rose to great heights; books were rare and precious articles, and many were treated with exquisite gilded and jeweled bindings. What is the uncommon practice of binding books in human skin, a technique dating back to the 17th century, called?
Back in the day
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation is a revolutionary group founded in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. It views itself as the philosophical heir to the movement started by Emiliano Zapata in the early 20th century under the slogan "land and liberty." It represents indigenous people and is committed to opposing policies that hurt the working poor, especially farmers. The Zapatistas broke onto the international scene the same day that what agreement became operational?
Born on a day like today
In the wake of WWII, Japanese citizens were faced with significant economic shortages. Realizing the commercial potential of a cheap and efficient mode of transportation, Soichiro Honda founded the Honda Motor Co. and began selling small capacity motorcycles. By the 1970s, Honda was the largest motorcycle producer in the world. His company's clean-burning CVCC engine spurred an automotive revolution, and his cars won a large share of the US market. Who nicknamed Honda "the Japanese Henry Ford"?