The Book of Kells is an ornately illustrated manuscript, produced by
Celtic monks around AD 800. It is one of the most lavish illuminated
manuscripts to survive the mediæval period. Because of its technical
brilliance and great beauty, it is considered by many scholars to be
one of the most important works in the history of mediæval art. It
contains the four gospels of the Bible, in Latin, along with prefatory
and explanatory matter, all decorated with numerous colourful
illustrations and illuminations. Today it is on permanent display at
the Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland where it is catalogued
as MS 58.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Battle of Stoke Field, the final battle of the Wars of the Roses,
During King George's War, British colonial forces led by William
Pepperrell captured the French stronghold at Fortress Louisbourg on
Cape Breton Island after a six-week siege.
Pius IX was elected pope, beginning the longest reign of all popes
since the days of the apostles.
Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.
Police in Soweto, South Africa opened fire on schoolchildren
protesting against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of
instruction in township schools, triggering a series of nationwide
demonstrations, strikes, riots and violence.
Wikiquote of the day:
"I cannot think we are useless or Usen would not have created us. He
created all tribes of men and certainly had a righteous purpose in
creating each." -- Geronimo