In a number of faiths and spiritual practices, the act of laying hands on a person's head is used to confer spiritual blessing. In Christianity, the practice is used as both a symbolic and formal method of invoking the Holy Spirit during baptisms, healing services, blessings, and ordinations of priests and other church officers, along with a variety of other church sacraments and holy ceremonies. Laying on of hands was also practiced by European kings and was believed to cure what disease?
Back in the day
During WWII, German and Finnish forces invaded the Soviet Union and encircled the city of Leningrad—now St. Petersburg—blocking supply lines for 872 days. Sparse food and fuel supplies delivered by barge and sled kept the city's arms factories operating and its 2 million inhabitants barely alive, while 1 million children and sick and elderly people were evacuated. Still, hundreds of thousands died of starvation, disease, and shelling from German artillery. How was the siege broken?
Born on a day like today
Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, English author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There. Carroll developed the stories from tales he told to the children of H. G. Liddell, the dean of Christ Church College at Oxford, one of whom was named Alice. Many of his characters—the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the White Rabbit—have become familiar figures in literature. What else did Carroll write?