Manchester Cenotaph is a First World War memorial, with additions for
later conflicts, designed by Edwin Lutyens for St Peter's Square in
Manchester, England. Manchester was late in commissioning a war memorial
compared to most British towns and cities, convening a war memorial
committee in 1922. Lutyens' design is a variation of the one for his
cenotaph in London. The memorial consists of a central cenotaph and a
Stone of Remembrance flanked by twin obelisks, all features
characteristic of Lutyens' works. The cenotaph is topped by an effigy of
a fallen soldier and decorated with relief carvings of the imperial
crown, Manchester's coat of arms and inscriptions commemorating the
dead. The memorial was unveiled on 12 July 1924 by the Earl of Derby,
assisted by a local resident whose three sons had died in the war. In
2014, Manchester City Council dismantled the memorial and reconstructed
it at the northwest corner of St Peter's Square next to Manchester Town
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester_Cenotaph>
Today's selected anniversaries:
French Revolutionary Wars: A squadron of British Royal Navy
ships of the line defeated a larger squadron of ships from the Spanish
and French navies in the Strait of Gibraltar.
The Soviet–Lithuanian Peace Treaty was signed, with Soviet
Russia agreeing to recognize an independent Lithuania.
World War II: German and Soviet forces engaged each other at
the Battle of Prokhorovka, one of the largest tank battles in military
history (German tanks pictured).
Rowdy fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago stormed the field during
a promotional event in which a crate of disco records was blown up.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Being in a state of abeyance; suspended.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Acquire the art of detachment, the virtue of method, and the
quality of thoroughness, but above all the grace of humility.
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