On this day in 1992, 1,800 United States Marines arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia, to spearhead a multinational force aimed at restoring order in the conflict-ridden country.
Following centuries of colonial rule by countries including Portugal, Britain and Italy, Mogadishu became the capital of an independent Somalia in 1960. Less ...more»
“Art breathes from containment and suffocates from freedom,” said Leonardo. Skeptical? Consider Marianne Moore’s appallingly circumscribed life… more»
The upper reaches of the art world are marked by an absence of principle, taste, and embarrassment, says Jed Perl. Art is now a fantasy object for the rich… more»
It can be foolish to suggest that a person stands for something, that he represents an idea or a stance. But Seamus Heaney did represent something great and rare… more»
10 Women Google Doodles You Might Not Recognize
Google vice president Megan Smith has said she wants to use Google Doodles to highlight notable — though often overlooked — women in science and technology. But it’s not just STEM women that Google Doodles have honored in 2013, and here 10 ...
December 6, 1865: The 13th Amendment is Ratified
On this day in 1865, the institution of slavery legally ended with the ratification of the 13th Amendment, just seven months after the end of the Civil War. The House passed the measure in January 1865, yet it became official almost a ...more»