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W. Somerset Maugham

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Decimal Day

Financial calculations using the old currency of the UK were complicated, as one pound was made up of 240 pence or 20 shillings, a shilling was equal to 12 pence, and the half-crown was worth two shillings and sixpence. After considering decimalization for over a century, Parliament passed the Decimal Currency Act in 1969. The pound was to be divided into 100 "new pence," and a massive publicity campaign was launched in the weeks leading up to Decimal Day. How did people react to the change?



The Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third-largest ocean in the world, constituting one-fifth of Earth's total ocean area and covering approximately one-seventh of the Earth's surface. Crisscrossed by historically important trade routes, it is home to 40 percent of the world's offshore oil production, and the relatively high traffic of oil tankers has prompted a surge in piracy off the Somali coast. Its northernmost current system usually flows clockwise, but in the winter, it reverses direction. Why?

Born on a day like today


Susan Brownell Anthony

Anthony was a pioneer in the US women's suffrage movement. The daughter of an abolitionist, she was well-educated and campaigned tirelessly for abolition and suffrage, attempting to secure laws to protect women's rights. In 1869, she and fellow suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. She helped edit a history of the movement and purchased copies for American and European universities. In 1872, she was arrested for leading a group of women in doing what?

Last updated on Wednesday, 15th February 2012

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