Since it’s Sunday, and we’re all required by law to be lazy unless we have permission to work, I like to skip any lengthy preamble and instead list out some of the big, important historical events that took place on this day in history. There were some big ones today, and we’ll kick this list off with one of the most famous speeches in American history:
- 1863 – Gettysburg Address: Perhaps the most famous event on this date, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address during the American Civil War. This short speech, given at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is one of the most revered in American history.
- 1493 – Discovery of Puerto Rico: Explorer Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage to the New World, discovered the island that would be named Puerto Rico.
- 1942 – World War II, Battle of Stalingrad: Soviet forces launched Operation Uranus, a major counteroffensive during the Battle of Stalingrad. This operation marked a turning point in the Eastern Front, leading to the eventual defeat of the German forces in Stalingrad.
- 1950 – US General Eisenhower Becomes NATO Commander: Dwight D. Eisenhower, who would later become the President of the United States, was appointed as the Supreme Commander of the newly formed NATO forces in Europe.
- 1969 – Apollo 12 Moon Landing: The second manned mission to the moon, Apollo 12, successfully landed on the lunar surface. Astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean conducted two moonwalks during this mission.
- 1985 – Cold War: Geneva Summit: U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time, in Geneva, to discuss international diplomatic relations and the arms race, marking a significant step in thawing Cold War tensions.
- 2002 – North Atlantic Treaty Organization Expansion: At the Prague summit, NATO invited seven Eastern European countries to join the alliance. This was one of the largest expansions of NATO in its history.
- 2013 – Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine: A wave of demonstrations and civil unrest began in Ukraine, which would eventually lead to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. The protests started in response to the government’s decision to suspend the signing of an association agreement with the European Union.
Now that we’ve basked in the warm glow of history, let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: Line.
The Clue: This is a vowel-intensive word.
See yesterday’s Wordle #880 right here.
Wordle Bot Analysis
After each Wordle I solve I head over to the Wordle Bot homepage to see how my guessing game was.
I was quite lucky today, though my opening guess-flare—didn’t really do much for me. One lousy green ‘E’ and 136 words remaining.
Scion left me with no new boxes, neither green nor yellow, but I knew that only ‘E’ and ‘U’ remained as vowels, and was pretty sure ‘Y’ was out of the running given where the ‘E’ was located.
I figured, let’s pick a word that uses as many vowels as possible and see what sticks, so I came up with queue thinking it would just nudge me a little closer to the Wordle, what with two E’s and two U’s. Imagine my surprise when each box turned up green! Pretty dang lucky!
I get 1 point for guessing in three and 1 point for beating the Bot, who guessed in four. 2 points! Huzzah!!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “queue” comes from the French word of the same spelling, which means “tail” or “end line.” Its use in English dates back to the late 15th century. The French term, in turn, comes from the Latin word “coda” or “cauda,” which also means “tail.” Over time, the word evolved in English to specifically refer to a line of people or vehicles waiting their turn. The pronunciation of “queue” in English, which is akin to just the letter ‘Q’, is a result of the word’s adaptation and simplification in English phonetics.
Play Competitive Wordle Against Me!
I’ve been playing a cutthroat game of PvP Wordle against my nemesis Wordle But. Now you should play against me! I can be your nemesis! (And your helpful Wordle guide, of course). You can also play against the Bot if you have a New York Times subscription.
Here are the rules:
- 1 point for getting the Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points for getting it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points for getting it in 1 guess.
- 1 point for beating me
- 0 points for getting it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point for getting it in 5 guesses.
- -2 points for getting it in 6 guesses.
- -3 points for losing.
- -1 point for losing to me
You can either keep a running tally of your score if that’s your jam or just play day-to-day if you prefer.
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