" I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject. "
Henry David Thoreau

Back in the day


First Kiwanis Club Is Chartered

In 1914, Allen S. Browne and Joseph G. Prance created the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers, a networking group for businessmen. Their club was officially chartered one year later with its now famous name "Kiwanis." The club's purpose has changed since then, but its popularity has only grown. Kiwanis Clubs today have both male and female members—roughly 600,000 of them—and focus on community service, sponsoring about 150,000 service projects each year. What does "Kiwanis" mean?



The Siachen Glacier

Located 18,875 feet (5,753 m) above sea level in the Himalayan Mountains—between the boundary separating India and Pakistan—the Siachen Glacier is considered the world's highest battlefield. Since India launched a successful military operation there in 1984, thousands of Indian and Pakistani troops have populated the otherwise uninhabited area. However, more soldiers have died from the harsh weather conditions than from combat. What effects has the human presence had on the glacier?

Born on a day like today


Jack Henry Abbott

While imprisoned in the 1970s—for various crimes, including the murder of a fellow inmate—Abbott began a correspondence with author Norman Mailer, hoping to help him write about prison life more authentically. Mailer was so impressed with Abbott's writing that he helped him compile his letters into the acclaimed book In the Belly of the Beast and advocated for Abbott's parole. However, just weeks after his release, Abbott fatally stabbed a man and was rearrested. Why had he done it?

Last updated on Tuesday, 21st January 2014

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