Laurence of Canterbury was the second Archbishop of Canterbury. He was
a member of the Gregorian mission sent from Italy to England to convert
the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity, although the date of his arrival is
disputed. He was consecrated archbishop by his predecessor, Augustine
of Canterbury, in order to ensure continuity in the office. He
attempted unsuccessfully to resolve differences with the native British
bishops by corresponding with them about points of dispute. Laurence
faced a crisis following the death of King Æthelberht of Kent, as the
king's son and successor, Eadbald, had not embraced Christianity; he
eventually converted. Laurence was revered as a saint after his death
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket was slain in his own cathedral
by four knights of Henry II of England.
Physical education teacher James Naismith introduced a game in
Springfield, Massachusetts, US, with thirteen rules and nine players on
each team that he called "Basket Ball".
Physicist Richard Feynman gave a speech entitled "There's Plenty of
Room at the Bottom", which is considered the birth of nanotechnology.
President of Brazil Fernando Collor de Mello resigned in an attempt to
stop his impeachment proceedings from continuing, but the Senate of
Brazil continued anyway, finding him guilty.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful
2. Characterized by sudden and violent force
Wikiquote quote of the day:
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell
yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.
--Rainer Maria Rilke
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