Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester,
England. In 2007, the population of the Manchester local government
district was estimated to be 458,100, whilst the surrounding
Metropolitan County of Greater Manchester had an estimated population
of 2,562,200. Forming part of the English Core Cities Group, often
described as the second city of the UK, and the "Capital of the North",
Manchester today is a centre of the arts, the media, higher education
and commerce. In a poll of British business leaders published in 2006,
Manchester was regarded as the best place in the UK to locate a
business. Manchester was the host of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and
among its other sporting connections are its two Premier League
football teams, Manchester City and Manchester United. Historically,
most of the city was a part of Lancashire, with areas south of the
River Mersey being in Cheshire. Manchester was the world's first
industrialised city and played a central role during the Industrial
Revolution. Manchester City Centre is now on a tentative list of UNESCO
World Heritage Sites, mainly due to the network of canals and mills
constructed during its 19th-century development.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
After escaping from his exile in Elba, Napoleon Bonaparte entered
Paris, officially beginning his "Hundred Days" rule.
American author Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was first
published, profoundly affecting attitudes toward African Americans and
slavery in the United States, and further intensifying the sectional
conflict leading to the American Civil War.
Eleven countries signed the Paris Convention for the Protection of
Industrial Property, one of the first intellectual property treaties.
The antiretroviral drug zidovudine (AZT) became the first antiviral
medication approved for use against HIV and AIDS.
The Aum Shinrikyo sect carried out a poison gas attack on the Tokyo
Subway, killing 12 people and injuring thousands of others with sarin.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. To speak or protest loudly.
2. To blow in strong or sudden gusts
Wikiquote quote of the day:
If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and
discovery, it is that, in the long run — and often in the short one —
the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.
--Arthur C. Clarke
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