Zachary Taylor, 12th president and icon of the Mexican War, is born in Orange County, Virginia. Made in 1847, this coverlet celebrates the achievements of then General Taylor (note his profile repeated in the design). The phrase "Rough and Ready" appears along its edges.
Comets (彗星 Huìxīng) have been observed and recorded in China since the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC). The set of comet illustrations shown above is from a silk book (帛书 Bóshū) written during the western Han period. The different shapes and characteristics of the comet tails were outlined and on some of the comets, differences in the appearance of the core of the comet were noted.