The Master System is a third-generation home video game console from
Sega, released in the late 1980s. The original models took game
cartridges as well as credit-card-sized Sega Cards; accessories included
a light gun and 3D glasses. The system's hardware was superior to that
of the competing Nintendo Entertainment System, and it boasted several
well-received game titles, but Nintendo's licensing practices prevented
Sega from acquiring many of the more popular titles. Sega failed to gain
a significant market share in Japan and North America, but was more
successful in Europe and Brazil. Sales of the console reached an
estimated 10 to 13 million units before the arrival of its successor,
the Sega Genesis, compared to 62 million Nintendo Entertainment System
units sold. The Master System has been sold for 26 years, longer than
any other game console, due to its continuing popularity in Brazil.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the first
Catholic bishop in the United States.
Months after the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse effectively
ended the American Civil War, the CSS Shenandoah became the last
Confederate combat unit to surrender after circumnavigating the globe on
a cruise on which it sank or captured 38 vessels.
The Hawker Hurricane, the aircraft responsible for 60% of the
Royal Air Force's air victories in the Battle of Britain, made its first
As part of their plan to eradicate the Polish intellectual
elite, the Gestapo arrested 184 professors, students and employees of
Jagiellonian University in Kraków.
Madagascar's Rova of Antananarivo, which served as the royal
palace from the 17th to 19th centuries, was destroyed by fire.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Clinging to an object or surface; adhesive.
2. Unwilling to yield or give up; dogged.
3. Holding together; cohesive.
4. Having a good memory; retentive.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Go so far as you can see and when you get there you will always be
able to see farther. … as you head toward your goals, be prepared to
make some slight adjustments to your course. You don't change your
decision to go — you do change your direction to get there.