[Daily article] March 16: Powderfinger

Powderfinger, an Australian rock band, formed in Brisbane in 1989. From
1992 to 2010 the lineup consisted of vocalist Bernard Fanning,
guitarists Darren Middleton and Ian Haug, bass guitarist John Collins
and drummer Jon Coghill. The group’s third studio album,
Internationalist, peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in September
1998. Their next studio album, Odyssey Number Five, reached number one
in September 2000 and was certified eight times platinum, shipping over
560,000 units. Their next three studio albums also reached number one:
Vulture Street (July 2003), Dream Days at the Hotel Existence (June
2007) and Golden Rule (November 2009). Powderfinger earned the third-
highest total of ARIA Awards (18), after Silverchair and John Farnham.
Their last tour, the Sunsets Farewell Tour, concluded on 13 November
2010. In November the following year, the band published a biography
with Dino Scatena, a rock music journalist, called Footprints: the
inside story of Australia’s best loved band.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

597 BC:

Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II captured Jerusalem and
installed Zedekiah as King of Judah.


Despenser War: A royalist army defeated troops loyal to Thomas,
2nd Earl of Lancaster, in the Battle of Boroughbridge, which allowed
King Edward II of England to hold on to power for another five years.


In the first-ever final of the FA Cup (trophy pictured), the
world’s oldest association football competition, Wanderers F.C. defeated
Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1–0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.


Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, a charter flight carrying U.S.
and South Vietnamese soldiers, disappeared without a trace, prompting
one of the largest searches in the history of the Pacific.


American peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by
an Israel Defense Forces armored bulldozer in Rafah as she was
protesting the demolition of a house.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. (philosophy) A seemingly self-evident or necessary truth which is based
on assumption; a principle or proposition which cannot actually be
proved or disproved.
2. (logic, mathematics, proof theory) A fundamental assumption that serves
as a basis for deduction of theorems (for example, “Through a pair of
distinct points there passes exactly one straight line”, and “All right
angles are congruent”); a postulate.
3. An established principle in some artistic practice or science that is
universally received.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  You can’t have thought without emotion, and one emotion is fear,
and making an important decision on the basis of fear is not a good
idea. So develop your courage.  
–Ursula Goodenough

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