" Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace. "
Kate Chopin

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Lawrence Textile Strike Begins in Massachusetts

The Lawrence Textile Strike was a strike of immigrant workers led by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a revolutionary industrial union aimed at uniting all workers in an effort to promote socialism and overthrow capitalism. Of the 150 strikes conducted by the IWW, the Lawrence strike was one of the most notable, growing to more than 20,000 workers in one week and lasting more than two months. Were the strikers' demands met, or did the companies proceed with planned wage reductions?



Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard was the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, but the phrase is popularly used to refer to the force itself, particularly its Criminal Investigation Department. Named after a street in London that may have been the site of a palace used by 12th-century Scottish kings, Scotland Yard became London's police center in 1829. In 1890, the force moved to a new building, and in 1967, it moved once again. Today, the Metropolitan Police headquarters building is known by what name?

Born on a day like today



Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola was an Italian Mannerist painter and etcher commonly known by his nickname Parmigianino, meaning "the little one from Parma." His works possess remarkable grace and sensuality, and he is regarded as one of the period's finest draftsmen. He was one of the first artists to practice etching, and through this medium his style became influential in Italy and beyond. One of his most curious works is a self portrait in which his image has been distorted by what?

Last updated on Tuesday, 11th January 2011

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