Painful or hard effort. It can also refer to a woman in childbirth.
Fact of the Day
Before a naval battle with England in 1545, French king Francis I held a farewell dinner on his flagship, which shortly afterwards sank having caught fire when her guns went off by themselves.
Quote of the Day
"We are not makers of history. We are made by history. "
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
On This Day
1940 Winston Churchill orders the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk. Operation Dynamo begins.