A thought for the day: Archibald MacLeish said Americans were the first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created people in the history of the world.
In 1776, the first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at William and Mary College in Virginia.
In 1848, U.S. President James Polk confirmed the discovery of gold in California, leading to the gold rush of 1848 and ...
Those born on this date include:
- Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States, in 1782
- U.S. Army Gen. George Custer in 1839
- Film director Fritz Lang in 1890
- German physicist Werner Heisenberg and ...
Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013, with 26 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus.
On December 5th, 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity was founded, making it the first scholastic fraternity in the United States.
A thought for the day: Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle said, A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.