[Daily article] February 4: Allen Walker

Allen Walker is a fictional teenage character who appears as the
protagonist of Katsura Hoshino’s manga D.Gray-man, as well as two anime
adaptations, three light novels, two video games, and several crossover
fighting games. In the 19th century, the gentlemanly teenager joins the
Black Order, a group of soldiers known as Exorcists, and fights Akuma
demons and their creator, the Millennium Earl. In the anime television
series and related franchise, he was voiced by Sanae Kobayashi. In 2016,
for the new television anime series D.Gray-man Hallow, he was voiced by
Ayumu Murase, and by Todd Haberkorn in an English-language anime series.
The character has been popular with D.Gray-man readers, usually ranking
in the top three in the series’ popularity polls. Reactions to him have
also been generally positive in manga and anime publications and other
media. Critics have noted approvingly that his calm demeanor and
mysterious origin are atypical of a protagonist in manga for boys.
Merchandise featuring Allen Walker’s likeness includes clothing and
cosplay pieces.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


A strong earthquake struck the eastern coast of Sicily, causing
at least 15,000 deaths.


German scholar Constantin von Tischendorf rediscovered the
Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th-century uncial manuscript of the Greek Bible, in
Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt.


Yasser Arafat was elected chairman of the Palestine Liberation


The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombed a motor coach
carrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel and their family
members, killing twelve.


Four Harvard University students launched the popular social
networking website Facebook from their dorm room.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. A raised platform in a room for a high table, a seat of honour, a
throne, or other dignified occupancy; a similar platform supporting a
lectern, pulpit, etc., which may be used to speak from.
2. (historical, northern Britain) A bench, a settle, a pew.
3. (obsolete) An elevated table in a hall at which important people are
seated; a high table.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  I have not heard a word of respect or compassion spoken of our
enemy since I came here. It is not the willingness to kill on the part
of our soldiers which most concerns me. That is an inherent part of war.
It is our lack of respect for even the admirable characteristics of our
enemy — for courage, for suffering, for death, for his willingness to
die for his beliefs, for his companies and squadrons which go forth, one
after another, to annihilation against our superior training and
equipment. What is courage for us is fanaticism for him. We hold his
examples of atrocity screamingly to the heavens while we cover up our
own and condone them as just retribution for his acts.  
–Charles Lindbergh

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