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Today in History

1688
James II abdicates the throne due to William of Orange landing in England.
1816
Indiana is admitted to the Union as the 19th state.
1861
A raging fire sweeps the business district of Charleston, South Carolina, adding to an already depressed economic state.
1862
Union General Ambrose Burnside occupies Fredericksburg and prepares to attack the Confederates under Robert E. Lee.
1863
Union gunboats Restless, Bloomer and Caroline enter St. Andrew’s Bay, Fla., and begin bombardment of both Confederate quarters and saltworks.
1882
A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe at Boston’s Bijou Theatre becomes the first performance in a theatre lit by incandescent electric lights.
1927
Nearly 400 world leaders sign a letter to President Calvin Coolidge asking the United States to join the World Court.
1930
As the economic crisis grows, the Bank of the United States closes its doors.
1933
Reports say Paraguay has captured 11,000 Bolivians in the war over Chaco.
1936
Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicates the throne to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941
The United States declares war on Italy and Germany.
1943
U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull demands that Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria withdraw from the war.
1945
A Boeing B-29 Superfortress shatters all records by crossing the United States in five hours and 27 minutes.
1951
Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.
1955
Israel raids Syrian positions on the Sea of Galilee.
1964
Frank Sinatra, Jr., is returned home to his parents after being kidnapped for the ransom amount of $240,000.
1967
The Concorde, a joint British-French venture and the world’s first supersonic airliner, is unveiled in Toulouse, France.
1972
Challenger, the lunar lander for Apollo 17, touches down on the moon’s surface. This is the last time that men visit the moon.
1978
Massive demonstrations take place in Tehran against the shah.
1981
Military forces in El Salvador kill over 800 civilians in what is known as the El Mozote massacre during the Salvadoran Civil War.
1997
The Kyoto Protocol international treaty intended to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses, opens for signature.
2001
The People’s Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.
2005
Race riots begin in Cronulla, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2006
President of Mexico Felipe Calderon launches a military-led offensive against drug cartel violence in the state of Michoacan.
2008
Bernard “Bernie” Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in what was called a $50-billion Ponzi scheme.

Seeing Earth from space is the key to the future

Nearly 50 years ago, an event occurred that fundamentally changed the way we see ourselves — an event that in spite of forever changing the course of human history, is one that has for the most part been forgotten.

How big is a supermassive black hole?

Lurking at the center of the Milky Way galaxy is the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*, a monstrous clump of matter so dense that the pull of its gravity overpowers anything that comes near it, including light itself. But it’s hard to grasp just how big a supermassive black hole is because there is nothing much out there to match it.

Bryan Singer's teenage ex tells of drug-fueled orgies

A day after X-Men director Bryan Singer was sued for the alleged rape of a 17-year-old boy in 2003, the filmmaker’s ex-boyfriend has come forward to describe a relationship fueled by drugs, group sex and empty promises.

Couple arrested for beating death of cleaning woman in Hawaii vacation home

A group of vacationers from Australia found Telma Boinville bludgeoned to death when they arrived to check into their vacation rental house on Thursday
Couple arrested for beating death of cleaning woman in Hawaii vacation home

Spirit Airlines booted her for breastfeeding her two-year-old during flight delay

A woman traveling with her 2-year-old and her elderly parents claims she was booted off a Spirit Airlines flight for breastfeeding her crying child during a flight delay.
Mom claims Spirit Airlines booted her for breastfeeding her two-year-old during flight delay

Restaurants Use Menu Psychology to Make You Spend More Money:

Things that can actually change the shape of your brain

For most of the 20th century, science thought it understood the brain. Researchers cleverly named particular neighborhoods of the gray organ after themselves, and with great certainty poked tiny flags into portions of tissue they thought they had figured out. But they were missing something.

With Spinoffs like Goat Yoga and Beer Yoga, What Has Yoga Become?

When buying prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it

Having health insurance is supposed to save you money on your prescriptions. But increasingly, consumers are finding that isn't the case.

The Folks at Senior Centers Are Using a Lot of Marijuana

Segrenomics

The 9 most hilarious neo-Nazi fails, blunders and self-owns of 2017

With 2017 drawing to a close, let’s take a moment to look back at the year in Nazis. Who would have thought that after being raised on a steady diet of Indiana Jones movies and World War II comics, a generation of disaffected young American men would succumb to the allure of Nazism and white supremacy?
Here are the 9 most hilarious neo-Nazi fails, blunders and self-owns of 2017

Gang of men hurled firebombs at Swedish synagogue

A gang of at least 20 masked men reportedly hurled Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday night, although the building failed to catch fire and no one was hurt.

We are all this little girl on SNL who just wants ‘everything to be okay’ for Xmas

This week, on “Saturday Night Live,” cast member Kenan Thompson appeared as a beleaguered mall Santa and Kate McKinnon as an elf — both of whom are faced with kids asking some very grown-up questions.

Religious Trauma Syndrome

At age sixteen I began what would be a four year struggle with bulimia.  When the symptoms started, I turned in desperation to adults who knew more than I did about how to stop shameful behavior—my bible study leader and a visiting youth minister.

Don’t Worry, Wingnuts: 6 Signs Xmas Is Alive and Well

Fox 'News'’ Laura Ingraham laments that #MeToo movement is ‘killing all the fun’ of Xmas parties

As the nation faces a massive cultural shift and woman across the country come forward with their stories of rape, harassment and abuse, Fox 'News' shrieking head Laura Ingraham worries that the real victims are going to be “this season’s Xmas parties.”

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