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On This Day: In 1992 the civil war in El Salvador ended as the government and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front signed the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City.

Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) | political party, El...

Spotlight: Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

Why do plants wilt? #ScienceSunday

Why Do Plants Wilt?

On This Day: Established by an act of Parliament in 1753, the British Museum—which counts among its world-renowned antiquities and archaeological holdings the Elgin Marbles and the Rosetta Stone—opened to the public in 1759.

British Museum | museum, London, England, United Kingdom

The #SuperBowl is 50 years old today! How has one of the most popular sporting events in American culture evolved since that first kickoff in 1967? #SuperBowl50

Learn more in Britannica's Super Bowl article: [ Britannica.com Link ]
On This Day: In 1929 Baptist minister and civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr, was born. King's influence on anti-racist activism and the struggle for civil rights extended far beyond his tragic death by assassination in 1968, as he advocated for equal rights and justice. His work earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Martin Luther King, Jr. | Biography & Facts

On This Day: In 1784 the Continental Congress ratified the Peace of Paris (1783) with Great Britain, granting independence to the American colonies.

Peace of Paris | 1783

The #SuperBowl turns 50 tomorrow, January 15, 2017. Which teams have made the most trips to the Superbowl? Who's won the most championships and who has the highest number of losses? Britannica's got you covered with this handy infographic! #SportsSaturday

To learn more about Superbowl history, you can read Britannica's article: [ Britannica.com Link ]
On This Day: In 2005 the Huygens entry probe landed on Saturn's largest moon, Titan; it marked the first time a spacecraft landed on a planetary surface in the outer solar system.

Cassini-Huygens | space mission

On This Day: In 1717, German naturalist and nature illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian died. Her work on the transformation of insects through the process of metamorphosis contributed to the advance of entomology in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Maria Sibylla Merian | German-born naturalist and artist

In the News: Did you know that killer whales go through menopause?

Scientists Ponder Menopause in Killer Whales

Did You Know: The word "poutine" is slang for "mess" in Québec. #FoodieFriday

poutine | food

It's Friday the 13th! Why is there often fearful superstition around the number 13? #FridayThe13th

To learn more about number symbolism, try Britannica's article: [ Britannica.com Link ]
Humans have tried different ways of keeping track of time throughout history, some more successful than others.

Our Days Are Numbered: 7 Crazy Facts About Calendars

On This Day: In 1898, French author Émile Zola published an open letter in the newspaper L'Aurore denouncing the French general staff for its role in the 1894 treason conviction of Jewish French army officer Alfred Dreyfus.

J'accuse | letter by Zola

On This Day: In 2010 a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, especially Port-au-Prince, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving more than a million homeless and touching off a massive international relief effort.

Haiti earthquake of 2010

In the News: The EU is considering implementation of regulations around the production and use of robots.

EU Considers Rules For Robots

In 2016, NASA established the Planetary Defense Coordination Office, in charge of efforts to detect asteroids that might hit Earth, and coordinate preparation and response among various government agencies. #TBT

Defenders of the Planet

Researchers now believe withholding peanuts from children at an early age may be contributing to the increase in peanut allergies.
On This Day: In 1879 the Anglo-Zulu War began this week as the British sought control over Zululand in eastern South Africa.

Anglo-Zulu War | South African history