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Elizabeth Maitland, Duchess of Lauderdale (1626–1698), was a prominent figure amongst 17th-century English and Scottish nobility, known for her beauty, influence and involvement in the politics and arts of her time. Born Elizabeth Murray, she was raised in court circles during the years leading up to the English Civil War and received a well-rounded education from her parents. She had eleven children by her first husband, Lionel Tollemache, five of whom survived to adulthood. Upon her father's death she inherited Ham House – her childhood home – as well as his titles, becoming Countess of Dysart and Lady Huntingtower. During the Interregnum, she was involved with efforts to restore the monarchy. After Lionel's death she married John Maitland, a close advisor to Charles II, bringing her into the heart of politics. She later became Duchess of Lauderdale. During their marriage, they substantially remodelled Ham House, filling it with luxury furnishings and artwork. Elizabeth died there in 1698. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that the terracotta statue of George Washington (pictured) by the Danish-American sculptor Nels N. Alling was entirely funded by the local Scandinavian community?
- ... that Walkelin, Bishop of Winchester, began the construction of the modern Winchester Cathedral in 1079?
- ... that New York store Yun Hai raised nine times its fundraising target to support Taiwanese farmers after China banned the import of their pineapples?
- ... that Ukrainians Nadia Smyrnytska, Maria Kalyuzhnaya and Maria Kovalevska joined other prisoners in committing suicide to protest against the abuse of imprisoned women in Kara katorga?
- ... that Heinrich Nidecker accused Samuel Taylor Coleridge's philosophical tract Theory of Life of containing plagiarism?
- ... that Cliff Davis spent $53 during his 1960 campaign for a seat in the Wyoming House of Representatives?
- ... that Sky Above Clouds IV was inspired by a large, blank white wall?
- ... that a species of butterfly was named in honor of an Inuit interpreter?
In the news
- Former president of Chile Sebastián Piñera (pictured) dies in a helicopter crash at the age of 74.
- Wildfires in the Valparaíso Region of Chile leave at least 131 people dead.
- Nayib Bukele is re-elected as the president of El Salvador.
- Ibrahim Iskandar of Johor is sworn in as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
- Former prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is sentenced to ten years in prison for leaking state secrets, fourteen years for corruption, and seven years for illegal marriage.
On this day
- 1826 – London University, later University College London (pictured), was founded as the first secular university in England.
- 1851 – As part of celebrations marking the separation of Victoria from New South Wales, the inaugural first-class cricket match in Australia began at the Launceston Racecourse in Tasmania.
- 1976 – The Frente de Liberación Homosexual made their final public appearance, shortly before the group's dissolution due to political repression after the 1976 Argentine coup d'état.
- 2001 – The computer worm Anna Kournikova, which would affect millions of users worldwide, was released by a 20-year-old Dutch student.
Today's featured picture
Stellerite is a rare mineral discovered by and named after Georg Wilhelm Steller, a German explorer and zoologist. The mineral has the general formula Ca[Al2Si7O18]·7H2O. Like most rare minerals, there are few commercial uses for stellerite other than as part of mineral collections, although it has been studied along with other zeolites using a dehydration process, to gauge the potential use of their phases as molecular sieves, sorbents, and catalysts. This stellerite crystal measuring 5.5 cm × 4 cm × 2.5 cm (2.17 in × 1.57 in × 0.98 in) was found in Imilchil, Morocco.
Photograph credit: Ivar Leidus