Blue Peacock was the codename of a British 1950s Cold War defense project that aimed to place several 10-kiloton nuclear mines on the North German Plain in case of war. Fears that cold winter temperatures might prevent the buried bombs from working properly led scientists to propose several solutions, including one that earned it the nickname the "chicken-powered nuclear bomb." How were live chickens to be used in the operation of this device?
Back in the day
The Football Association (FA), the governing body of football in England, played a leading role in establishing rules for the modern game. All of England's professional football clubs must be members of the FA, which runs several competitions, including the FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world. After a dispute about the rules surrounding ball carrying and kicking opponents led a number of clubs to withdraw from the FA, a similar organization was formed for what sport?
Born on a day like today
Although he lived mostly during the Baroque era, Scarlatti, an Italian composer and virtuoso harpsichordist, was extremely influential in the development of the Classical period of music. He is best known for his composition of 555 keyboard sonatas, which have been performed and recorded by many famous pianists and harpsichordists. Scarlatti is said to have engaged in a keyboard competition with what other composer as a young man?