Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of
Manitoba. The name comes from Western Cree words for muddy or brackish
water, referring to Lake Winnipeg, which is just north of the city along
the Red River. The region was a trading centre for aboriginal peoples
long before the arrival of Europeans. French traders built the first
fort on the site in 1738. A settlement was founded in 1812 by the
Selkirk settlers of the Red River Colony, the nucleus of which was
incorporated as the City of Winnipeg in 1873. The census of 2011 lists
Winnipeg as the seventh most populous municipality in Canada. Known as
the "Gateway to the West", it is a transportation hub with a diversified
economy. Its annual festivals include the Festival du Voyageur, the
Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe
Theatre Festival, and Folklorama. Winnipeg was the first Canadian host
of the Pan American Games. It is home to several professional sports
franchises, including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Canadian football),
Winnipeg Jets (ice hockey), Manitoba Moose (ice hockey) and Winnipeg
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnipeg>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Reconquista: The Muslim city of Algeciras surrendered after a
21-month siege and was incorporated into the Kingdom of Castile.
William Caxton printed the first English translation of Aesop's
Fables (page pictured).
The Book of Mormon, the defining sacred text of the Latter Day
Saint movement, was first published.
Four days before the scheduled opening of Japan's Narita
International Airport, a group of protesters destroyed much of the
equipment in the control tower with Molotov cocktails.
Jack Kevorkian, an American advocate for and practitioner of
physician-assisted suicide, was found guilty of murder in the death of a
terminally ill patient.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
swear on a stack of Bibles:
(idiomatic) To make a promise or give an assurance with great
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie
caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is