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|1204||The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople.|
|1606||England adopts the Union Jack as its flag.|
|1770||Parliament repeals the Townsend Acts.|
|1782||The British navy wins its only naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica.|
|1811||The first colonists arrive at Cape Disappointment, Washington.|
|1864||Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, in Tennessee.|
|1877||The first catcher’s mask is used in a baseball game.|
|1911||Pierre Prier completes the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes.|
|1916||American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clash at Parral, Mexico.|
|1927||The British Cabinet comes out in favor of voting rights for women.|
|1944||The U.S. Twentieth Air Force is activated to begin the strategic bombing of Japan.|
|1945||President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies at Warm Spring, Georgia. Harry S. Truman becomes president.|
|1954||Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock.”|
|1955||Dr. Jonas Salk’s discovery of a polio vaccine is announced.|
|1961||Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes first man to orbit the Earth.|
|1963||Police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama.|
|1966||Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American major league umpire.|
|1983||Harold Washington is elected the first black mayor of Chicago.|
Mr McGoogan says that if Scotland were to join Canada, it would enjoy a lot more independence and hold a lot more power than it currently does with Great Britain.Sure, there's the whole Atlantic ocean between Scotland and Canada, but Hawaii is even further from the rest of the United States. Read more about McGoogan's plan at BBC News.
Scotland would be Canada's third largest province, with 5.3 million people, which would give it significant political sway. Add to that the millions of Canadians who, like Mr McGoogan, have Scottish ancestry, and you'd have a national-ethnic bloc about 10m strong, he reasons.
More importantly, Canadian provinces are in charge of more aspects of governance than Scotland has been afforded as part of the UK.
Tre' Sexton said he was surprised when his company, Bluegrass Solar, was approached about the project. If there was one building in eastern Kentucky that wouldn't have a solar-power system, you'd think it would be the coal museum, he said.It's a sign of the times. Local officials welcome the idea. When the solar panel system is completed, any excess energy gathered will be fed back into the grid, which will benefit Benham's 500 or so residents.
“Really the first time that I sat down and was talking about it with everybody, I was like...are you for real? They’re really going to go for this?” Sexton said. “I mean, that would be like showing up at a bank and they ask you if you’d mind taking some of this money out of the vault.”
But putting solar panels on top of the coal museum makes sense economically, Sexton said. Public attractions like this one can't be profitable if they're dealing with expensive electric bills every month. And people in eastern Kentucky are becoming more interested in alternative energy options.
By 1:20 a.m., flummoxed officials had decided the only way to stop the noise was “to unplug the radio systems and the repeater, and pretty much turn the siren system completely off,” as emergency management director Rocky Vaz explained to reporters the next day.
At that same news conference (ironically drowned out at one point by ambulance sirens) city spokeswoman Sana Syed announced that the 95 minutes of howling had not been a glitch after all.
“It does appear at this time it was a hack,” she said. “And we do believe it came from the Dallas area.”
Officials have ruled out a remote hack — telling reporters someone gained physical access to a hub connecting all the sirens, which may not be turned on again until Monday as the city tries to figure out who, how and why.
Stanford University geneticist Jin Billy Li heard about Joshua Rosenthal’s work on RNA editing in squid, his jaw dropped. That’s because the work, published today in the journal Cell, revealed that many cephalopods present a monumental exception to how living things use the information in DNA to make proteins. In nearly every other animal, RNA—the middleman in that process—faithfully transmits the message in the genes. But octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish (but not their dumber relatives, the nautiluses) edit their RNA, changing the message that gets read out to make proteins.But there is a dropback to the adaptation -it means that octopuses and squid slow down their genome evolution.