A simple ruby parser for Wikipedia's “On this day” box on the (english-language) homepage.
Install the gem
gem install onthisday
Then fetch the current news items
@onthisday = OnThisDay::Parser.new items = @onthisday.items
Items have text
items.first.text #=> "French Revolution: Meeting on a tennis court near the Palace of Versailles, members of France's Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath, pledging not to separate until a new constitution was established."
items.first.year #=> 1789
And associated topics (other related wikipedia pages)
items.first.topics #=> ['French_Revolution', 'Palace_of_Versailles', 'Estates_of_the_realm', 'Tennis_Court_Oath', 'Constitution']