A large and dense body of ice which moves slowly under its own weight. It is made when the climate is cold and more snow falls in the winter than melts in the summer. See 'A Brief History of Climate Change'.
Fact of the Day
33 years after toilet paper was invented in Green Bay, Wisconsin, it was finally advertised as 'splinter free'.
Quote of the Day
"In this country, it is good to kill an admiral from time to time, in order to encourage the others. "
~ Voltaire on Admiral Byng's execution
On This Day
1330 Roger Mortimer, de facto ruler of England after he and Edward II's wife Isabella deposed Edward, was hanged at Tyburn for assuming royal power.
1530 Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died of natural causes on his way to face charges of treason.
1781 The crew of the British slave ship Zong massacred 131 captives by throwing them overboard in a bid to claim insurance money after the crew had made a navigational error and missed their destination.
1812 Napoleon's army retreated across the Berezina River in Belarus. Although the army managed to avoid getting trapped, they suffered massive casualties, and the word 'berezina' became French slang for 'disaster.'
1947 The United Nations approved the partition of Palestine to form an independent Jewish state.