weal \WEEL\, noun:
1. Well-being, prosperity, or happiness.Weal shares the Old English root wela with welfare and a host of other English words. The ultimate source in Proto-Indo-European is wel-, which is also the ancestor of words related to will.
2. A raised mark on the surface of the body produced by a blow.
3. (Obsolete:) the state or body politic.
- A person who performs "special tasks" for Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire. Mara Jade was a known Hand.
"Yeah, I'd hate to be one of the Emperor's Hands on a lonely night."
- Peregrine White: the first child of English parents born in present-day New England, came into the world on the Mayflower, docked in Massachusetts Bay (1620)
- New Jersey: the Garden State became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights (1789)
- Nuremberg trials: an Allied tribunal began trying Nazis for war crimes; the defense of "I was following orders" was not accepted (1945)
- Elizabeth II: the future queen of England married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey (1947)