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- In India, the four suspects in the Hyderabad gang rape case are shot dead by the police.
- The wreck of the cruiser SMS Scharnhorst (pictured), which sank during the Battle of the Falkland Islands in December 1914, is discovered.
- The Power of Siberia pipeline begins operations, delivering Russian natural gas to China.
- In Iraq, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi resigns amidst ongoing protests.
Today in History
- 1775 – American Revolutionary War: After their loss in the Battle of Great Bridge, British authorities were forced to evacuate from the Colony of Virginia.
- 1905 – Legislation establishing state secularism in France was passed by the Chamber of Deputies.
- 1969 – U.S. secretary of state William P. Rogers proposed his eponymous plan for a ceasefire in the War of Attrition; Egypt's and Jordan's acceptance of the plan over Palestine Liberation Organization objections led to civil war in Jordan in September 1970.
- 1979 – A World Health Organization commission of scientists certified the global eradication of smallpox (patient pictured), making it the only human infectious disease to date to have been completely eradicated.
- 2016 – South Korean president Park Geun-hye was impeached, marking the culmination of the country's political scandal.
Did You Know?
- ... that bodega cats (example pictured) are used as a form of pest control in New York City?
- ... that German painter Gebhard Fugel led the team creating the monumental Crucifixion Panorama in Altötting, which became a UNESCO-listed monument?
- ... that Sarazanmai was conceived as an anime series about supernatural monsters for an adult audience?
- ... that Russian vice admiral Mikhail Motsak, who oversaw the salvage of the wreck of the submarine Kursk, is buried in the same cemetery as a number of the crew who died aboard the vessel?
- ... that the 2001 BDO World Darts Championship featured an independent women's tournament for the first time in the competition's history?
- ... that in 2018, Maëlle became the first female and youngest contestant ever to win the French version of The Voice?
- ... that the Seven Wonders of the Waterways include the UK's longest and highest aqueduct, its longest, deepest, and highest canal tunnel, and the world's only swinging aqueduct?
- ... that later in life, Jo Walker-Meador would be inducted into the hall of fame that she helped create?
Today's Featured Article
Emanuel Moravec (1893–1945) was a Czech army officer and writer who collaborated with Nazi Germany as the minister of education of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia between 1942 and 1945. He was also chair of the Board of Trustees for the Education of Youth, a fascist youth organisation in the protectorate. In World War I, Moravec served in the Austro-Hungarian Army, but following capture by the Russians he changed sides, first joining Russian-backed Serbian forces and then the Czechoslovak Legion. During the interwar period he commanded an infantry battalion in the Czechoslovak Army. As a proponent of democracy during the 1930s, Moravec appealed for armed action against Germany and scorned German demands for the Sudetenland, but after their occupation of the rump Czechoslovakia, he became an enthusiastic collaborator, realigning his political worldview towards fascism. He killed himself in the final days of World War II. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
The Savage State is the first in a series of five paintings entitled The Course of Empire, created by American artist Thomas Cole between 1833 and 1836. The series depicts the growth and fall of an imaginary city, situated on the lower end of a river valley. This first painting shows the scenery before the civilizing influence of men change the landscape. A hunter clad in skins runs through the wilderness pursuing a fleeing deer, canoes paddle up the river and a few tipis cluster around a campfire. The visual references are those of aboriginal North American life, and the painting depicts the ideal state of the natural world, serene and unspoiled by humanity.
Painting credit: Thomas Cole
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