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Today is - Corn-On-The-Cob Day
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|1346||Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Holy Roman Emperor.|
|1509||Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon.|
|1770||Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.|
|1798||Napoleon Bonaparte takes the island of Malta.|
|1861||Union forces under General George B. McClellan repulse a Confederate force at Rich Mountain in western Virginia.|
|1865||Major General Henry W. Halleck finds documents and archives of the Confederate government in Richmond, Virginia. This discovery will lead to the publication of the official war records.|
|1895||Charles E. Duryea receives the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.|
|1903||King Alexander and Queen Draga of Belgrade are assassinated by members of the Serbia army.|
|1915||British troops take Cameroon in Africa.|
|1927||Charles Lindbergh, a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve, receives the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded, for his solo trans-Atlantic flight.|
|1930||William Beebe, of the New York Zoological Society, dives to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda, in a diving chamber called a bathysphere.|
|1934||The Disarmament Conference in Geneva ends in failure.|
|1940||The Italian Air Force bombs the British fortress at Malta in the Mediterranean.|
|1943||The Italian island of Pantelleria surrenders after a heavy air bombardment.|
|1944||U.S. carrier-based planes attack Japanese airfields on Guam , Rota, Saipan and Tinian islands, preparing for the invasion of Saipan.|
|1963||Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.|
|1967||Israel and Syria accept a U. N. cease-fire.|
|1987||Margaret Thatcher wins her third consecutive term as Prime Minister.|
Famous professional players occasionally donned fake beards and joined the team for games, including Grover Cleveland Alexander, Satchel Paige, and even Babe Ruth.(They considered signing the Sultan of Swat in 1934, but decided his hedonistic lifestyle would be a poor fit for the ascetic team.)You can see plenty of pictures of the House of David baseball team and their junior league trainees at Retronaut.
The hirsute athletes also popularized the art of the “pepper game,” a collection of Harlem Globetrotters-esque antics where they juggled and tossed balls, made them vanish only to pull them out of their beards, and even played innings while mounted on donkeys.
Playing as far afield as Hawaii and Mexico, the House of David continued to draw crowds until the 1950s, when the splintering of the scandal-wracked commune and rise of Major League Baseball led to a decline in popularity.
Unlike modern birds, this newborn hatchling is from a now-extinct branch of the family tree called Enantiornithines. Researchers say they would have looked a lot like modern-day avians, with the exception of some added features such as claws on their wing tips and small teeth tucked away in their beaks.Read the article about this find at BGR and the scientific paper here.