"Nothing to My Name" is the English title of a 1986 Mandarin-language
rock song by Cui Jian (pictured). It is widely considered Cui's most
famous and most important work, and one of the most influential songs
in the history of the People's Republic of China. The song is
recognized as the first rock song in China and was an unofficial anthem
for Chinese youth and activists during the Tiananmen Square protests of
1989. Both in its lyrics and instruments, the song mixes traditional
Chinese styles with modern rock elements. In the lyrics, the singer
addresses a girl who is scorning him because he has nothing. The song
has also been interpreted as being about the dispossessed youth of the
time, because it evokes a sense of disillusionment and lack of
individual freedom that was common among the young generation during
the 1980s. (more...)
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Forces of Donald of Islay, Lord of the Isles, fought an army commanded
by Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar, at the Battle of Harlaw near
Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
French explorer Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac established Fort
Pontchartrain du Détroit in New France, which later grew and became the
city of Detroit.
The Menin Gate war memorial in Ypres, Belgium, marking the starting
point for one of the main roads out of the town that led Allied
soldiers to the front line during World War I, was unveiled.
At the Moscow Olympics, Australia's Quietly Confident Quartet swimming
team won the gold medal in the men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay, the
only time that the United States, who were boycotting these games, has
not won the event at Olympic level.
The Libyan government extradited six foreign medical workers who were
charged with conspiring to deliberately infect over 400 children with
HIV in 1998.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
mari complaisant (n):
A husband who tolerates his wife's infidelity
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The three greatest fools of history have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote
. . . and me!
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