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|1282||The great massacre of the French in Sicily The Sicilian Vespers comes to an end.|
|1547||In France, Francis–king since 1515–dies and is succeeded by his son Henry II.|
|1776||Abigail Adams writes to husband John that women are "determined to foment a rebellion" if the new Declaration of Independence fails to guarantee their rights.|
|1779||Russia and Turkey sign a treaty by which they promise to take no military action in the Crimea.|
|1790||In Paris, France, Maximilien Robespierre is elected president of the Jacobin Club.|
|1836||The first monthly installment of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens is published in London.|
|1862||Skirmishing between Rebels and Union forces takes place at Island 10 on the Mississippi River.|
|1880||The first electric street lights ever installed by a municipality are turned on in Wabash, Indiana.|
|1889||The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opens on the Left Bank as part of the Exhibition of 1889.|
|1916||General John Pershing and his army rout Pancho Villa's army in Mexico.|
|1917||The United States purchases the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.|
|1918||Daylight Savings Time goes into effect throughout the United States for the first time.|
|1921||Great Britain declares a state of emergency because of the thousands of coal miners on strike.|
|1933||To relieve rampant unemployment, Congress authorizes the Civilian Conservation Corps .|
|1939||Britain and France agree to support Poland if Germany threatens to invade.|
|1940||La Guardia airport in New York officially opens to the public.|
|1941||Germany begins a counter offensive in North Africa.|
|1945||The United States and Britain bar a Soviet supported provisional regime in Warsaw from entering the U.N. meeting in San Francisco.|
|1948||The Soviet Union begins controlling the Western trains headed toward Berlin.|
|1949||Winston Churchill declares that the A-bomb was the only thing that kept the Soviet Union from taking over Europe.|
|1954||The siege of Dien Bien Phu, the last French outpost in Vietnam, begins after the Viet Minh realize it cannot be taken by direct assault.|
|1960||The South African government declares a state of emergency after demonstrations lead to the deaths of more than 50 Africans.|
|1966||An estimated 200,000 anti-war demonstrators march in New York City.|
|1967||President Lyndon Johnson signs the Consular Treaty, the first bi-lateral pact with the Soviet Union since the Bolshevik Revolution.|
|1970||U.S. forces in Vietnam down a MIG-21, the first since September 1968.|
|1980||President Jimmy Carter deregulates the banking industry.|
|1991||Albania offers a multi-party election for the first time in 50 years.|
Even if Constantine did, in fact, end the practice of crucifixion, it’s not clear that he did so out of respect for jesus’ alleged execution. Aurelius Victor, the earliest historian to claim that Constantine banned crucifixion, explained that the emperor was motivated by a sense of humanity rather than piety. Crucifixion is a pretty gruesome way to go—significantly worse than the New Testament makes it seem. Although jesus reportedly expired in a matter of hours, many crucifixion victims clung to life for days. Even in Roman times, it was considered an exceptionally cruel punishment, reserved mainly for those who challenged state authority, such as insurgents and enemy soldiers. (Joel Marcus of Duke described crucifixion as “parodic exaltation,” because it gave rebels the fame they sought, albeit in a grotesque form.) By some accounts, Constantine replaced crucifixion with hanging, a less painful execution method. Constantine’s supposed ban on crucifixion came as part of a package of reforms, further suggesting that he was merely exercising human mercy. Branding prisoners’ faces, for example, was also prohibited around the same time—a reform that had nothing to do with jesus’ alleged execution.Read more about the history of crucifixion at Slate.
Reuters revealed the plight of people who walked away from their homes not realizing that their names remained on the deed and that they were financially liable for taxes and other bills related to the abandoned property.
In some cases, homeowners vacated after receiving a notice from the bank of a planned foreclosure sale, only to find out later the bank never followed through.
Zombie properties can be easy to spot as they deteriorate into neighborhood eyesores and havens for criminal activity.
While Florida leads in volume of zombie properties, Kentucky, with less than 1,000 zombie properties, leads in percentage; zombies represent 54 percent of its total foreclosure inventory, Blomquist said.
Councillor John Mulvihill Snr, a former mayor of Cork, said health and safety was of vital importance.Mulvihill acknowledged that the three men had exemplary records and 90 years of experience between them, and suggested a warning could have been enough. The workers' union has gone to bat to protest the suspensions. More
He said that in recent times three road workers had died in accidents. The result was that the council was enforcing legislation rigorously.
"Health and safety is number one and you cannot put people's lives at risk," he said.
"The law says it was not safe. You need three or four people to fill in a pothole including two with 'Stop and Go' signs.
The putty looks and feels like regular silly putty, but the difference lies in the fact that it has been infused with millions of micron-sized ferrous particles (most often iron oxide powder). The magnetic putty is not actually magnetic by itself, since the infused particles are made of iron powder.Scott Lawson has other videos about magnetic putty at his YouTube channel.
The presence of the strong neodymium iron boron magnet (the silver cube in the video) magnetizes the ferromagnetic particles in the putty. When this happens, the ferrous particles align with each other and this alignment generates north and south magnetic poles, making the putty into a temporary magnet. Once magnetized, the putty will remain magnetized even after the rare-earth magnet has been removed from the putty. This effect persists for a few hours until thermal agitation shakes the particles and they lose their alignment.
Vaguely written, the memo describes a story told by an unnamed third party who claims an Air Force investigator reported that three flying saucers were recovered in New Mexico, though the memo doesn't say exactly where in the state. The FBI indexed the report for its files but did not investigate further; the name of an "informant" reporting some of the information is blacked out in the memo.
According to the commission, Bianco fired several rounds at a hapless white-tailed deer from within the Burrell Township store’s parking lot and bagged the animal on the other side of Old William Penn Highway (Old Route 22) one afternoon last November.
The most serious of the charges he faces is a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment. He also was slapped with five summary offenses, all hunting law violations, including hunting without a license, shooting on or across highways and unlawful killing or taking of big game.
“Obviously, we can’t have someone running through a Walmart parking lot shooting at a deer,” said Jack Lucas, the wildlife conservation officer who investigated the incident.
These so-called fairy circles have variously been pinned on the presence of other, poisonous plants, on ants, and even toxic gases rising from below.Jonathan Amos of the BBC News' Science & Environment has the story: Here.
But Norbert Juergens says the one ever-present factor is sand termites.
The creatures have engineered the rings to maintain a supply of water in their environment, he tells Science magazine. [...] He reports how the invertebrates (Psammotermes allocerus) first clear a patch of ground by eating the roots of short-lived, annual grasses.
This bare, sandy earth then becomes an effective rain trap - with no vegetation, water cannot be lost through transpiration (the evaporation of water from plants).
Instead, it collects, oasis-like, just below the surface where it can sustain the termites and a supply of perennial grasses at the margins of the circles. These are available to eat even in the driest seasons.
Trichobatrachus robustus actively breaks its own bones to produce claws that puncture their way out of the frog's toe pads, probably when it is threatened. [...]
At rest, the claws of T. robustus, found on the hind feet only, are nestled inside a mass of connective tissue. A chunk of collagen forms a bond between the claw's sharp point and a small piece of bone at the tip of the frog's toe.The other end of the claw is connected to a muscle. Blackburn and his colleagues believe that when the animal is attacked, it contracts this muscle, which pulls the claw downwards. The sharp point then breaks away from the bony tip and cuts through the toe pad, emerging on the underside.