From today's featured article
Kigali is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It is near the nation's geographic centre in a region of rolling hills, with a series of valleys and ridges joined by steep slopes. The city has been Rwanda's economic, cultural, and transport hub since it became the capital following independence from Belgium in 1962. It is one of five provinces into which Rwanda was repartitioned in 2006. Kigali is divided into three districts—Gasabo, Kicukiro, and Nyarugenge—which historically had control of significant areas of local governance. Reforms in January 2020 transferred much of the districts' power to the city-wide council. The city also hosts the main residence and offices of the president of Rwanda and most government ministries. It was founded in 1907 as the headquarters of the German colonial resident. It grew slowly during the following decades, but since the Rwandan Civil War and the genocide it has experienced rapid population growth, with much of the city rebuilt. The largest contributor to Kigali's GDP is the service sector. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
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- ... that since Henry E. Parker ran for office in 1974, the Democratic Party has always nominated an African American for Connecticut State Treasurer?
- ... that the Shinan shipwreck, the first major discovery of Korean maritime archaeology, has been described as possibly "the richest ancient shipwreck yet discovered"?
- ... that a head was displayed in the Seagram Building's plaza in 1968?
- ... that Kate Clark wrote the children's book A Southern Cross Fairy Tale, which used Northern Hemisphere Christmas imagery but featured the natural features and animals of New Zealand?
- ... that after Ted Turner asked for viewers' money to keep WRET-TV afloat, he was able to repay thousands of lenders four years later—with interest?
- ... that Ben Connor, who competed in his first marathon in October 2020, has qualified for the marathon race at the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics?
- ... that The Wolf of Wall Street set a Guinness world record for the most instances of swearing in a film, with the word "fuck" said a total of 569 times?
In the news
- In South Africa, a fire on Table Mountain, Cape Town, destroys historic monuments including Mostert's Mill (pictured) and the University of Cape Town's main library.
- Guillermo Lasso is elected President of Ecuador.
- At the British Academy Film Awards, Nomadland wins four awards, including Best Film.
- In golf, Hideki Matsuyama wins the Masters Tournament.
- In horse racing, Minella Times wins the Grand National, with Rachael Blackmore becoming the first female jockey to win in the race's 182-year history.
On this day
- 1775 – American Revolutionary War: Colonists Paul Revere and William Dawes, who were later joined by Samuel Prescott, began a midnight ride to warn residents of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, about the impending arrival of British troops.
- 1915 – World War I: Hit by ground fire, French aviation pioneer Roland Garros landed his aircraft behind enemy lines and was taken prisoner.
- 1938 – Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster of DC Comics, made his debut in Action Comics #1, the first true superhero comic book.
- 1980 – Robert Mugabe (pictured) became the first prime minister of Zimbabwe after the Lancaster House Agreement brought an end to the unrecognized state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia.
- 1996 – Operation Grapes of Wrath: Israeli forces shelled Qana, Lebanon, killing at least 100 civilians and injuring more than 110 others at a United Nations compound.