Commissioned by Alfonso X of Castile and León, dubbed Alfonso the Learned, the Libro de los Juegos, or Book of Games, is an exemplary piece of the 13th-century king's vast literary legacy and one of the most important historical documents on the topic of board games. Completed in 1283, the detailed manuscript explores a game of skill, a game of chance, and a game that relies on both—chess, dice, and backgammon respectively. What did Alfonso hope to learn by studying these games?
Back in the day
Several monkeys were launched into space before 1959, but Able and Miss Baker became the first to survive such a trip—a 16-minute flight aboard a US missile. Able, a rhesus monkey, died just days after the flight while undergoing surgery to remove a medical electrode. Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey, lived to the age of 27 and is buried on the grounds of the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she spent most of her life. Able was preserved and can now be seen where?
Born on a day like today
As the first set of quintuplets known to have survived infancy, the Dionne sisters of Ontario, Canada, garnered international attention. Sadly, they were exploited almost from birth. As infants, the quintuplets were removed from their parents' care and made wards of the state. However, rather than protect them from parents it had deemed unfit, the government instead used the girls as a tourist attraction. How many people visited "Quintland" to see the girls over the next nine years?