" Terrible emotions always do sound foolish when we put them into our inadequate words. They are not meant to be spoken—only felt and endured. "
Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Imperial Japanese Navy Sinks Two British Warships

Japanese aggression in late 1941 prompted Britain to send two of their largest warships—HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse—to the Pacific as a deterrent. However, war in the Pacific escalated with the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7. Three days later, Japanese forces destroyed the Prince of Wales and Repulse near Singapore. The warships were the first sunk by aircraft while at sea. How did British Prime Minister Winston Churchill react to the sinkings?



Noblesse Oblige

The French phrase noblesse oblige means "nobility obliges" and implies that with wealth, power, and prestige come responsibilities. The phrase has been more broadly used to describe the motivation of those who help the less fortunate. The concept has been referenced by diverse authors through the centuries, including Homer, Honoré de Balzac, and William Faulkner, and has even been cited in modern legal writings. What Disney movie directly references noblesse oblige in one of its songs?

Born on a day like today


Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

A promising student with varied interests, Gallaudet earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale, after which he attended seminary and became a preacher. However, upon meeting 9-year-old Alice Cogswell, the deaf daughter of a neighbor, his interests turned to education of the deaf. He traveled to Europe to study the latest methods, including sign language, and returned to found the first American free school for the deaf. Who founded the university for the deaf named for Gallaudet?

Last updated on Tuesday, 10th December 2013

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