[Daily article] February 13: Stretford

Stretford (pop. 46,910) is a town in Trafford, Greater Manchester,
England. Lying on flat ground between the River Mersey and the
Manchester Ship Canal, it is 3.8 miles (6.1 km) to the southwest of
Manchester city centre. Historically in Lancashire, Stretford was an
agricultural village during much of the 19th century known locally as
Porkhampton, in reference to the large number of pigs produced for the
nearby Manchester market. The arrival of the Manchester Ship Canal in
1894, and the subsequent development of the Trafford Park industrial
estate in the north of the town, accelerated the industrialisation that
had begun in the late 19th century; by 2001 less than one per cent of
Stretford’s population was employed in agriculture. Stretford has been
the home of Manchester United Football Club since 1910, and of
Lancashire County Cricket Club since 1864. Residents have included the
suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, the painter L. S. Lowry, Morrissey, Joy
Division frontman Ian Curtis, Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, and Manchester’s
first multi-millionaire, the industrialist and philanthropist John

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Nearly forty men from the Clan MacDonald of Glen Coe, Scotland,
were massacred early in the morning for not promptly pledging allegiance
to the new joint monarchs, William III and Mary II.


The Cambridge Union (building pictured), one of the oldest
debating societies in the world, was founded at the University of
Cambridge in England.


World War II: The Allies began their strategic bombing of
Dresden, Saxony, Germany, resulting in a lethal firestorm that killed
tens of thousands of civilians.


African American college students staged the first of the
Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee, part
of a nonviolent direct action campaign to end racial segregation.


A bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, the site of
the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, killing three people and
injuring eleven others.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

jab molassie:
(Trinidad and Tobago) A traditional character in the Trinidad and Tobago
Carnival dressed as a devil, mostly naked and covered in molasses or
grease and a colourful dye.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  If we can cultivate in the world the idea that aggressive war-
making is the way to the prisoner’s dock rather than the way to honors,
we will have accomplished something toward making the peace more secure.
–Robert H. Jackson

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