Randall Davidson (1848–1930) was an Anglican priest who was Archbishop
of Canterbury from 1903 to 1928. Conciliatory by nature, he spent much
of his term of office striving to keep the Church together in the face
of deep and sometimes acrimonious divisions between evangelicals and
Anglo-Catholics. Under his leadership the Church gained some
independence from state control, but his efforts to modernise the Book
of Common Prayer were frustrated by Parliament. Though cautious about
bringing the Church into domestic party politics, Davidson did not shy
away from larger political issues. He urged moderation on both sides in
the conflict over Irish independence and campaigned against immoral
methods of warfare in the First World War. He played a key role in the
passage of the Parliament Act 1911 and led efforts to resolve the 1926
General Strike. He was the longest-serving Archbishop of Canterbury
since the Reformation, and also the first to retire from the office.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
War of 1812: After learning of a forthcoming American attack,
Laura Secord walked 20 mi (32 km) from Queenston, Upper Canada, to
warn British lieutenant James FitzGibbon (depicted).
More than 800 West Indian immigrants disembarked from the
British troopship HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury, England, becoming
known as the "Windrush generation".
Argentine footballer Diego Maradona scored both the "hand of
God" goal and the "Goal of the Century" against England during a
quarter-final match of the FIFA World Cup.
Two Metro trains in Washington, D.C., collided, killing nine
people and injuring eighty others.
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1. A Swedish-style buffet comprising a variety of cold sandwiches and
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2. (figuratively) An abundant and diverse collection of things.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Art does not imitate, but interpret. It searches out the idea
lying dormant in the symbol, in order to present the symbol to men in
such form as to enable them to penetrate through it to the idea. Were it
otherwise, what would be the use or value of art?
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