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- The Russian electorate votes to amend the Russian constitution (pictured).
- More than 160 people are killed in a landslide at a jade mine in Hpakant, Myanmar.
- Amidst protests, China passes the Hong Kong national security law, bypassing the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.
- An attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi leaves eight people dead and seven others injured.
Today in History
- 1054 – Chinese astronomers recorded the sudden appearance of a "guest star", later identified as the supernova that created the Crab Nebula.
- 1945 – The Brazilian cruiser Bahia was accidentally sunk by one of its own crewmen, killing more than 300.
- 1976 – Israeli forces raided Uganda's Entebbe International Airport to free hostages taken by hijackers on Air France Flight 139.
- 2005 – The impactor of the NASA space probe Deep Impact collided with the comet Tempel 1 (pictured), excavating interior material to study its composition.
Did You Know?
- ... that the Statue of Liberty (pictured) was not designated a New York City landmark until 1976?
- ... that neurologist Frank Clifford Rose believed that any alcohol might cause a headache, but that red wine could trigger a migraine?
- ... that the Star Stations radio group was the subject of the largest denial of license renewals in the history of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission?
- ... that the Nizari (Assassin) garrison of Gerdkuh resisted the siege of Mongol invaders for 13 more years after the surrender of their leaders?
- ... that the Jonas Brothers' song "Cool" has several popular culture references in its lyrics, including Post Malone, Game of Thrones, and 1950s actor James Dean?
- ... that Boneybefore in Northern Ireland contains the ancestral home of the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson?
- ... that the first expulsion from the National Assembly of Guyana took place in 1991, when MP Isahak Basir threw a glass of water at the speaker in protest against one of his decisions?
- ... that Alan Cumming started a nightclub in his dressing room?
Today's Featured Article
The Arch of Remembrance is a First World War memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and located in Victoria Park, Leicester, in the East Midlands of England. A committee was formed in 1919 to propose a permanent memorial, and the first proposal was accepted, but eventually cancelled due to a shortage of funds. The committee then asked for a memorial arch, which Lutyens presented to a public meeting in 1923. With a large budget devoted entirely to the structure, the result is one of the architect's largest and most imposing war memorials, dominating Victoria Park and the surrounding area. The memorial was unveiled on 4 July 1925 in front of a large crowd. It cost £27,000, though the committee was left with a funding shortfall of £5,500, for which they were criticised in the local press. The arch is a Grade I listed building and, since 2015, has been part of a national collection of Lutyens's war memorials. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Enallagma cyathigerum, the common blue damselfly, is a species of damselfly in the family Coenagrionidae. The species is widely distributed across the Palearctic realm and can reach a length of 32 to 35 mm (1.3 to 1.4 in).
This composite photograph, taken in Oxfordshire, England, shows a pair of E. cyathigerum damselflies preparing to mate. Having transferred a bundle of sperm known as a spermatophore to secondary genitalia on the third segment of his abdomen, the blue-coloured male grasps the dull-coloured female by the head with the claspers at the tip of his abdomen. The female then curls her abdomen downwards and forwards under his body to pick up the sperm from the male's secondary genitalia. The distinctive posture that the pair adopt when transferring sperm is often called the "heart" or "wheel".
Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp
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