The ANAK Society is the oldest known secret society and honor society
based at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta,
Georgia, US. Founded in 1908, ANAK's purpose is "to honor outstanding
juniors and seniors who have shown both exemplary leadership and a true
love for Georgia Tech". The society's name refers to Anak, a biblical
figure said to be the forefather of a race of giants. Although not
originally founded as a secret society, ANAK has kept its activities
and membership rosters confidential since 1961. Membership is made
public upon a student's graduation or a faculty member's retirement.
The ANAK Society's membership comprises at least 1,100 Georgia Tech
graduates, faculty members, and honorary members. Notable members
include Jimmy Carter, Bobby Dodd, Ivan Allen Jr., and most of Georgia
Tech's presidents. Membership in the ANAK Society has long been
considered the highest honor a Georgia Tech student can receive,
although the society's activities have been the object of suspicion and
controversy in recent years.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Ottoman Empire defeated the Safavids at the Battle of Chaldiran,
gaining control of over eastern Anatolia and northern Iraq.
The Cry of Pugad Lawin: Andrés Bonifacio and his comrades from the
Katipunan society tore their residence certificates in defiance of
Spanish rule during a meeting in present-day Quezon City, an event
regarded as the starting signal of the Philippine Revolution.
Palestine riots: Arabs began attacking Jews in Hebron in the British
Mandate of Palestine, killing over sixty people in two days.
Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to the Molotov–Ribbentrop
Pact, a 10-year, mutual non-aggression treaty, which also included a
secret protocol dividing Northern and Eastern Europe into German and
Soviet spheres of influence.
Singing Revolution: Approximately two million people joined their hands
to form an over 600 km (370 mi) long human chain across the Estonian,
Latvian and Lithuanian Soviet republics to demonstrate the desire for
independence for each of the three Baltic states.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A garment made of a length of printed cloth wrapped about the waist
that is commonly worn by men and women in southeast Asia and the
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.
--William Ernest Henley
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