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- In a non-binding referendum, Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea.
- In New Zealand, the Whakaari/White Island volcano (pictured) erupts, leaving at least fourteen people dead, at least two missing, and at least thirty others injured.
- The World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from participating in major international sporting events for four years due to doping violations.
- A factory fire in Delhi, India, kills at least forty-three people and injures more than fifty others.
Today in History
- 1643 – First English Civil War: Roundhead forces serving under Sir William Waller led a successful surprise attack on a winter garrison of Royalist infantry and cavalry.
- 1769 – Dartmouth College (building pictured), in what is now Hanover, New Hampshire, was established by a royal charter, becoming the last university founded in the Thirteen Colonies before the American Revolution.
- 1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: Japanese forces captured Nanking in China and then began to commit numerous atrocities over the next several weeks.
- 1989 – The Troubles: The Provisional Irish Republican Army engaged in a fierce firefight with the King's Own Scottish Borderers at a vehicle checkpoint complex in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
- 2011 – After murdering a woman at his home, a man threw grenades and fired a rifle at crowds in Liège, Belgium, killing 6 people and injuring 125 others, before committing suicide.
Did You Know?
- ... that there have been calls for the Warwick Road Estate (pictured) in London's Earl's Court to be listed to prevent it from demolition?
- ... that after Steven Koecher's disappearance ten years ago today, his family ate at International House of Pancakes for four straight nights in response to a tip?
- ... that infestations of the cotton jassid can be reduced by growing a cotton cultivar with hairy leaves?
- ... that prior to debuting as a voice actress in 2018, Iori Saeki had been self-publishing songs as a dōjin musician for several years?
- ... that after ineffective counsel led to a man's prison sentence being increased a hundredfold, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that attorneys are obligated to inform their clients about plea bargain offers?
- ... that Siegfried Matthus composed the opera Judith for the reopening of the restored Semperoper, but it premiered at the Komische Oper Berlin, staged by Harry Kupfer?
- ... that concentration of land ownership has been linked to deforestation in 48 developing countries?
- ... that Esther Killick repeatedly "gassed herself for science" in order to study carbon monoxide poisoning and acclimatisation?
Today's Featured Article
The Kenora Thistles were an ice hockey team founded in 1894 in Kenora, Ontario, Canada. The team competed for Canada's Stanley Cup five times between 1903 and 1907, winning it in January 1907 and defending it once. They lost it in a challenge series two months later, the shortest length of time that any team has possessed the Cup. Nine Thistles players—four of them local to the area—have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Stanley Cup champion team was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. The Thistles competed in Manitoba-based leagues throughout their existence, owing to the city's proximity to that province. They joined the Manitoba Hockey Association in 1902, winning the league championship in three of their six seasons. After an economic downturn in 1907, they were unable to sustain their success as professionalism came to ice hockey, and the team disbanded in 1908. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Flowers in a Terracotta Vase is a still life painting by the Dutch artists Albertus Jonas Brandt and Eelke Jelles Eelkema. It was painted in oils on a maple wood panel by Albertus Jonas Brandt, but had not been completed at the time of his death from tuberculosis in 1821. After being purchased by the Museum van Levende Nederlandsche Meesters in an unfinished state, it was completed by Eelke Jelles Eelkema the following year. The painting was later transferred to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam where it remains.
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