Westgate-on-Sea is a seaside town and civil parish in northeast Kent,
England, with a population of 6,996 at the 2011 Census. It is within the
Thanet local government district and borders the larger seaside resort
of Margate. Its two sandy beaches have attracted tourists since the
town's development in the 1860s from a small farming community. The
local St Mildred's Bay was the site of a Royal Naval Air Service
seaplane base, which defended the Thames Estuary coastal towns during
World War I. The town is the subject of John Betjeman's poem "Westgate-
on-Sea". Residents have included the 19th-century surgeon Erasmus Wilson
and former Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple. The artist William
Quiller Orchardson painted several of his best-known pictures while
living in Westgate-on-Sea. The British composer Arnold Cooke and Eton
headmaster Anthony Chenevix-Trench attended local schools as children
during the early 20th century.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
General George Monck founded the predecessor to the Coldstream
Guards (soldier pictured), the oldest regiment of the British Army in
continuous active service.
War of the Spanish Succession: The Duke of Marlborough led
Allied forces to a crucial victory at the Battle of Blenheim.
A major earthquake near Arica, Peru (now in Chile), caused an
estimated 25,000 deaths; the subsequent tsunami caused considerable
damage as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand.
Members of the U.S. Army's all-black 25th Infantry Regiment
were accused of killing a white bartender and wounding a white police
officer in Brownsville, Texas, despite exculpatory evidence.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(humorous) A rock that is believed to be a meteorite, but is in fact
terrestrial in origin; a pseudometeorite.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
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direction in which it is setting. The conviction that the world is
moving toward great ends of progress will come surely to him who is
himself engaged in the work of progress. By ceaseless efforts to live
the good life we maintain our moral sanity. Not from without, but from
within, flow the divine waters that renew the soul.
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