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September 25, 2022
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Word
lacuna
noun
Definition
  1. a blank space or a missing part : gap
  2. a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure
Example
The newly discovered Civil War documents filled many lacunae in the museum's archives.
Origin
Exploring the etymology of "lacuna" involves taking a plunge into the pit -- or maybe a leap into the “lacus” (that's the Latin word for "lake"). Latin speakers modified “lacus” into “lacuna,” and used it to mean "pit," "cleft," or "pool." English speakers borrowed the term in the 17th century. Another English word that traces its origin to "lacuna" is "lagoon," which came to us by way of Italian and French.
Webster's Dictionary
Idiom
forty winks
A brief nap, as in There's just time for forty winks before we have to leave. This expression supposedly was first recorded in 1828 and relies on wink in the sense of "sleep," a usage dating from the 14th century.
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
Fun facts
  1. Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. President at 6'4", while James Madison was the shortest at 5'4".
  2. Camel's milk does not curdle.
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Artist
Pedro Berruguete
1450 - 1504

Pedro Berruguete was a Spanish painter; his art is regarded as a transitional style in Spain between gothic and Renaissance. Berruguete most famously created paintings of the first few years of the Inquisition and of religious imagery for Castilian retablos. He is considered by some as the first Renaissance painter in Spain. He was the father of sculptor Alonso Berruguete, considered the most important sculptor in Renaissance Spain. Because of the fame accrued by Alonso, Pedro Berruguete is sometimes referred to as Berruguete el Viejo to differentiate between the two.

It is speculated that he travelled to Italy in 1480 and worked in Federico III da Montefeltro's court in Urbino, where he could have seen some works by Melozzo da Forlì. The Portrait of Federico da Montefeltro with His Son Guidobaldo, now at the Galleria nazionale delle Marche, has been attributed to him by some art historians but the Flemish painter Justus van Gent working in Urbino at that time is another strong candidate for the authorship of this work.

He returned to Spain in 1482 and painted in several cities, such as Toledo and Ávila.

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Historical figure
Herb Klein
Apr 1, 1918 - Jul 2, 2009

Herbert George Klein, also called Herb Klein, was best known as United States President Richard Nixon's Executive Branch Communications Director. Klein also served as Press Secretary for three of Nixon's campaigns and editor of the Copley Newspapers in San Diego before and after his time in the White House.

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Historic event
Seneca Falls Convention
Jul 19, 1848 - Jul 20, 1848

The Seneca Falls Convention was the first women's rights convention. It advertised itself as "a convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman". Held in the Wesleyan Chapel of the town of Seneca Falls, New York, it spanned two days over July 19–20, 1848. Attracting widespread attention, it was soon followed by other women's rights conventions, including the Rochester Women's Rights Convention in Rochester, New York, two weeks later. In 1850 the first in a series of annual National Women's Rights Conventions met in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Female Quakers local to the area organized the meeting along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was not a Quaker. They planned the event during a visit to the area by Philadelphia-based Lucretia Mott. Mott, a Quaker, was famous for her oratorical ability, which was rare for non-Quaker women during an era in which women were often not allowed to speak in public.

The meeting comprised six sessions including a lecture on law, a humorous presentation, and multiple discussions about the role of women in society.

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