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- A Pakistan International Airlines passenger aircraft (pictured) crashes in Karachi, killing ninety-seven people.
- Cyclone Amphan impacts eastern India and Bangladesh, killing over one hundred people and forcing the evacuation of more than four million others.
- The Iranian Navy frigate Jamaran accidentally strikes the Iranian support vessel Konarak with a missile, killing nineteen sailors.
Today in History
- 1328 – English friar William of Ockham, who popularised the methodological principle known as Occam's razor, secretly left Avignon under threat from Pope John XXII.
- 1822 – The deadliest fire in Norwegian history occurred at a church in Grue, killing at least 113 people.
- 1938 – The House Un-American Activities Committee was established to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities by people or organizations in the U.S. suspected of having communist or fascist ties.
- 2002 – Barges being towed destroyed part of a bridge (aftermath pictured) near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, causing 11 vehicles to fall into Robert S. Kerr Reservoir on the Arkansas River.
Did You Know?
- ... that Dmitri Smirnov (pictured) composed the Triple Concerto No. 2 for the centenary concert of the London Symphony Orchestra, with the principal violinist, harpist, and double bassist as soloists?
- ... that Otis Barrett introduced Artocarpus integer, claimed to be superior to jackfruit, to Puerto Rico?
- ... that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation left a studio building in British Columbia unfinished in 1978, only to move in 34 years later?
- ... that the Hoby treasure found in Denmark contains two Roman silver cups with scenes from the Iliad?
- ... that when Pavel Schilling invited Tsar Nicholas I to touch two wires together, the tsar was greatly surprised by the resulting distant explosion?
- ... that by the time New York City's Richmond Hill station was closed, it averaged a single passenger per day?
- ... that two separate contests were held to determine the words and the music of the national anthem of Guyana?
- ... that TrueAnon bills itself as "the only non-pedophile podcast"?
Today's Featured Article
Paul E. Patton (born May 26, 1937) is an American politician who served as the 59th governor of Kentucky from 1995 to 2003. He became wealthy operating coal mines for 20 years, then sold most of his coal interests in the late 1970s and entered politics. After serving briefly in the cabinet of Governor John Y. Brown Jr. and chairing the state Democratic Party, he was elected lieutenant governor in 1991. Four years later, he was elected governor over the Republican Party's Larry Forgy. The major achievement of Patton's first term was overhauling higher education, including making the state's community colleges and technical schools independent of the University of Kentucky and organizing them into the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Because of a 1992 amendment to the Kentucky Constitution, he was the first governor eligible to succeed himself in office since James Garrard in 1800, and he was re-elected in 1999. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Saint-Étienne-du-Mont is a church located on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France. It contains the shrine of Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, as well as the tombs of Blaise Pascal and Jean Racine. This photograph of the church's interior, looking eastward, shows the slight skew of the choir relative to the nave, the high rib-vaulted ceiling, the wooden pulpit on the right, and the triforium gallery that runs around the church at mid-level. An unusual feature for a French church, it is reached by serpentine staircases circling the piers. The stone rood screen, dating back to 1530–1545, is the only remaining example of a rood screen in Paris; much of the stained glass also dates to the same period.
Photograph credit: David Iliff
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