[Daily article] March 24: Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain (born March 24, 1977) is an American actress and film
producer. She has earned critical praise for her portrayals of strong-
willed women in films with feminist themes. Born and raised in
Sacramento County, California, Chastain studied acting at Juilliard. She
made her film debut in the drama Jolene (2008), and gained wide
recognition in 2011 for starring roles in half a dozen films, including
The Help, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best
Supporting Actress. In 2012, she won a Golden Globe Award for playing a
CIA agent in the thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Her highest-grossing
releases were the science fiction films Interstellar (2014) and The
Martian (2015). She continued to draw praise for her performances in the
dramas A Most Violent Year (2014), Miss Sloane (2016), and Molly’s Game
(2017). Chastain is the founder of the production company Freckle Films,
which promotes diversity in film. She is vocal about mental health
issues, and gender and racial equality.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1603:

King James VI of Scotland acceded to the thrones of England and
Ireland, becoming James I of England and unifying the crowns of the
kingdoms for the first time.

1860:

Rōnin samurai of the Mito Domain assassinated Japanese Chief
Minister Ii Naosuke, upset with his role in the opening of Japan to
foreign powers.

1921:

The 1921 Women’s Olympiad, the first international women’s
sports event, opened at the International Sporting Club of Monaco in
Monte Carlo.

1934:

The Tydings–McDuffie Act came into effect, which provided for
self-government of the Philippines and for Filipino independence from
the United States after a period of ten years.

2008:

The Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party, led by Jigme Thinley,
won 45 out of 47 seats in the National Assembly of Bhutan in the
country’s first-ever general election.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

kersey:
A type of rough woollen cloth.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We
must make it our top priority to save these lives. March For Our Lives
is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who
will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action
to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too
familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short
in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk
about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.  
–March For Our Lives

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