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- The first president of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda (pictured), dies at the age of 97.
- A new government is formed in Israel, with Naftali Bennett becoming prime minister, ending Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year tenure.
- The spacecraft Juno performs a flyby of Jupiter's moon Ganymede.
- Using a compromised encrypted device network, a multinational sting operation results in hundreds of arrests and the seizure of several tons of illegal drugs.
Today in History
- 451 – With the help of Roman foederati, Flavius Aetius defeated Attila at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, halting the invasion of Gaul by the Huns and their allies.
- 1789 – French Revolution: Members of the Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath (depicted), pledging not to separate until a new French constitution was created.
- 1921 – Workers at the Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in Madras, India, began a four-month strike.
- 1943 – The Royal Air Force launched Operation Bellicose, the first shuttle-bombing raid of the Second World War.
- 1975 – Steven Spielberg's film Jaws was released, which became the prototypical summer blockbuster and established the modern Hollywood business model.
Did You Know?
- ... that Indrani (sculpture pictured), the queen of Hindu devas (gods), is a daughter of a demonic figure?
- ... that although the April 1923 Kamchatka earthquake had a surface-wave magnitude of 6.8 to 7.3, its tsunami was larger than that of the magnitude-8.4 earthquake in February in the same region?
- ... that while Filiberto Avogadro di Collobiano was initially mistrusted by King Charles Albert, he was eventually appointed by the king to his royal court?
- ... that three Aldershot players were involved in a road traffic accident after winning the 1987 Football League Fourth Division play-off Final?
- ... that George Balanchine's ballet Kammermusik No. 2 was referred as "Kammer-computer" by ballerina Karin von Aroldingen because it is "speedy"?
- ... that the biography of Karin Boye, written by Swedish literary critic Margit Abenius, was criticised for the conservative analysis of Boye's homosexuality?
- ... that the Theater am Aegi, which opened in Hanover in 1953 as "Germany's most modern theatre" and served mostly as a cinema, is now a venue for a wide range of performances?
- ... that Rod Bonella, who won a Commonwealth Games marathon medal, was also a horse trainer?
Today's Featured Article
A pisco sour is a cocktail typical of South American cuisine. The drink's name is a combination of the word pisco, which is its base liquor, and the term sour, in reference to sour citrus juice and sweetener components. Chile and Peru both claim the pisco sour as their national drink, and each asserts exclusive ownership of both pisco and the cocktail. The Peruvian pisco sour uses Peruvian pisco as the base liquor and adds Key lime (or lemon) juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters. The Chilean version is similar, but uses Chilean pisco and limón de Pica, and excludes the bitters and egg white. The cocktail was invented by Victor Vaughen Morris, an American bartender working in Peru in the early 1920s. In Chile, the invention of the drink is attributed to Elliot Stubb, an English ship steward, at a bar in the port city of Iquique in 1872, although the source for this attributed the invention of the whiskey sour to Stubb, not the pisco sour. The two kinds of pisco and the two variations in the style of preparing the pisco sour are distinct in both production and taste, and the pisco sour has become a significant and oft-debated topic of Latin American popular culture. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Benjamin Bristow (June 20, 1832 – June 22, 1896) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 30th United States secretary of the treasury and the first solicitor general. Historians primarily admire Bristow's prosecution and shutting down the Whiskey Ring during his term as President Grant's treasury secretary. Although a lawyer by trade and having no financial training, he was able to rid the Internal Revenue Service of corruption. This line engraving of Bristow was produced by the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) as part of a BEP presentation album of the first 42 secretaries of the treasury.
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