The Latin word for an hour is hora. An hour made smaller is an hora minuta, from minuere (to lessen). An hour made smaller for a second time is an hora minuta secunda. From this, English has hours, minutes and seconds.
Quote of the Day
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
~ Martin Niemöller
On This Day
1598Playwright Ben Jonson was put on trial for manslaughter after killing fellow actor Gabriel Spenser in a duel.
1692The last people accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem were hanged.
1735Robert Walpole became the first British Prime Minister to occupy 10 Downing Street.