Kent is the largest city in Portage County in the U.S. state of Ohio. It
is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area and the larger
Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area. The population was
28,904 in the 2010 Census and slightly higher in the 2014 estimate. Part
of the Connecticut Western Reserve, it was settled in 1805 as a mill
town along the Cuyahoga River and later named Franklin Mills. In the
1830s and 1840s, the village was on the route of the Pennsylvania and
Ohio Canal. Franklin Mills was an active stop on the Underground
Railroad before the Civil War. The city was renamed in 1864 for Marvin
Kent, who secured the maintenance yards of the Atlantic and Great
Western Railroad (depot pictured) for Franklin Mills. Today Kent is a
college town best known as the home of the main campus of Kent State
University, founded in 1910, and as the site of the 1970 Kent State
shootings. While historically a manufacturing center, the city's largest
economic sector is now education. Many Kentites and Kent State alumni
have risen to prominence in business, sports, and the arts.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Citizens of New Netherland presented the Flushing Remonstrance
to Director-General Peter Stuyvesant, requesting an exemption to his ban
on Quaker worship.
John L. O'Sullivan, in his newspaper the New York Morning News,
argued that the United States had the right to claim the entire Oregon
Country "by the right of our manifest destiny".
A public speech by famed Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski
in Poznań sparked the Greater Poland Uprising against Germany.
Soviet war in Afghanistan: Soviet troops stormed Tajbeg Palace
outside Kabul and killed Afghan President Hafizullah Amin and his
100–150 elite guards.
In response to rocket attacks from Palestinian armed groups,
Israel launched a surprise attack against the Gaza Strip, opening the
three-week Gaza War.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(informal, chiefly US) To show off.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
It is a fallacy to think that carping is the strongest form of
criticism: the important work begins after the artist's mistakes have
been pointed out, and the reviewer can't put it off indefinitely with
sneers, although some neophytes might be tempted to try: "When in doubt,
stick out your tongue" is a safe rule that never cost one any readers.
But there's nothing strong about it, and it has nothing to do with the
real business of criticism, which is to do justice to the best work of
one's time, so that nothing gets lost.