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- Pro-democracy protests erupt in Belarus amidst the contested reelection of incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko (pictured).
- Prime Minister Hassan Diab of Lebanon, and his cabinet, resign in the wake of the explosions in Beirut that killed 220 people.
- In golf, Collin Morikawa wins the PGA Championship for his first career major.
- An Air India Express aircraft overruns the runway at Calicut International Airport in Kerala, India, killing 18 people on board.
Today in History
- 1883 – The last known quagga (example pictured), a subspecies of the plains zebra, died at the Natura Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
- 1914 – World War I: Belgian troops were victorious at the Battle of Halen, but were ultimately unable to stop the German invasion of the country.
- 1945 – An official administrative history of the Manhattan Project, written by American physicist Henry DeWolf Smyth, was released to the public just days after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- 1969 – Riots erupted in the Bogside area of Derry and spread across much of Northern Ireland.
- 1990 – Near Faith, South Dakota, American paleontologist Sue Hendrickson found one of the most complete discovered skeletons of Tyrannosaurus rex.
Did You Know?
- ... that West Park United Reformed Church of Harrogate, England, has twelve heads of historical characters, including John Bunyan (pictured), carved on its wall?
- ... that Taylor Swift wrote the lyrics to the song "Cardigan" to co-writer Aaron Dessner's music in around five hours?
- ... that Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro tweeted "Thanks Iran" after the Persian Gulf state sent the first of six oil tankers to aid Venezuela's chronic fuel shortage?
- ... that following the Kent State shootings, Robert J. Henle suspended the remainder of the 1970 academic year at Georgetown University?
- ... that a former firehouse and church on Long Island now houses a permanent display of nine fluorescent-light sculptures by Dan Flavin?
- ... that seven of the ten Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Montreal were born in the city?
- ... that Brigadier General Harold Huglin was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for leading a bombing raid on Magdeburg during World War II?
- ... that 1.6 million students in Delhi practice mindfulness, one of the components of the Happiness Curriculum, every day?
Today's Featured Article
Nyuserre Ini was a pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, the sixth ruler of the Fifth Dynasty during the Old Kingdom period. The younger son of Neferirkare Kakai and queen Khentkaus II and the brother of the short-lived king Neferefre, Nyuserre probably lived in the second half of the 25th century BCE and reigned for more than two decades. He was succeeded by Menkauhor Kaiu, who could have been his nephew and a son of Neferefre. Nyuserre built three pyramids for himself and his queens and completed a further three for his father, mother and brother, all in the necropolis of Abusir. His temple dedicated to the sun god Ra was named Shesepibre or "Joy of the heart of Ra"; it is the largest such temple that survives from the Old Kingdom. He also completed the Nekhenre, the Sun Temple of Userkaf in Abu Gorab, and the valley temple of Menkaure in the Giza necropolis. The state-sponsored funerary cult established at Nyuserre's death lasted until the Twelfth Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Lietava Castle is an extensive ruined castle in the Súľov Mountains of northern Slovakia. It was built some time in the 13th century, most likely as an administrative and military centre. It occupies a strategic position alongside the Amber Road, a trade route along which amber and other goods were transported southwards from the Baltic Sea. Originally a four-storey tower, it was expanded and reconstructed under a succession of owners, before being abandoned in the seventeenth century. The ruins contain handsome fireplaces, wall inscriptions, coats of arms, and renaissance portals, which attest to its previous grandeur.
Photograph credit: Vladimír Ruček
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