Stari Most, meaning "The Old Bridge," is a 16th-century bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina that is believed to have been the largest single-span arch bridge in the world when it was built. Charged under pain of death to construct a bridge of such unprecedented dimensions, the architect that built it reportedly prepared for his own funeral on the day the scaffolding was finally removed. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For what dangerous tradition do the people of Mostar use the bridge?
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"?