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|363||Roman Emperor Julian dies, ending the Pagan Revival.|
|1096||Peter the Hermit‘s crusaders force their way across Sava, Hungary.|
|1243||The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor is wiped out by the Mongols.|
|1541||Former followers murder Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror of Peru.|
|1794||The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus.|
|1804||The Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.|
|1844||Julia Gardiner and President John Tyler are married in New York City.|
|1862||General Robert E. Lee attacks George McClellan‘s line at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days’ campaign.|
|1863||Jubal Early and his Confederate forces move into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.|
|1900||The United States announces it will send troops to fight against the Boxer Rebellion in China.|
|1907||Russia’s nobility demands drastic measures be taken against revolutionaries.|
|1908||Shah Muhammad Ali’s forces squelch the reform elements of Parliament in Persia.|
|1916||Russian General Aleksei Brusilov renews his offensive against the Germans.|
|1917||General Pershing arrives in France with the American Expeditionary Force.|
|1918||The Germans begin firing their huge 420 mm howitzer, “Big Bertha,” at Paris.|
|1926||A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France is unveiled at St. Nazaire.|
|1924||After eight years of occupation, American troops leave the Dominican Republic.|
|1942||The Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter flies for the first time.|
|1945||The U.N. Charter is signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, California.|
|1951||The Soviet Union proposes a cease-fire in the Korean War.|
|1961||A Kuwaiti vote opposes Iraq’s annexation plans.|
|1963||President John Kennedy announces “Ich bin ein Berliner” at the Berlin Wall.|
|1971||The U.S. Justice Department issues a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.|
|1975||Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is convicted of election fraud.|
|1993||Roy Campanella, legendary catcher for the Negro Leagues and the Los Angeles Dodgers, dies.|
Things were going really well, and I was saying to myself "If this keeps up, I think next summer I'll pop the question."Danger0clock had a short but meaningful story.
Then, my mother had a stroke. We were all sitting in the waiting area outside the ICU, because only 2 people were allowed in at a time. It was my now-wife's birthday, and a Wednesday, and she didn't hesitate to take the day off to sit with me and my family.
I went to visit my father at home, and she came with me. Her Italian instincts kicked it, and she brought a load of groceries and a lasagna with her.
My father was a mess at the hospital, and it fell on me and my siblings to speak with the doctors and make plans.
I would get home, and pour myself some bourbon. She made me dinner, and just sat with me while I silently sobbed.
It wasn't about how great we were when things were good, it was about how perfect she was when things were bad.
I bought the ring 2 months later.
The day she took off work to help me go through a dumpster. I had accidentally thrown my keys in the trash while cleaning out my car.Yeah, they found the keys, but it took a couple of hours. There are plenty of other stories in the thread, and also at Metafilter.
Clapton, while on a fly-fishing trip to Iceland last week, landed a 28-pound salmon on the Vatnsdalsá River, setting the record for reeling in the biggest salmon of the summer. The massive fish measured 42.5 inches. Working with Vatnsdalsá guide Sturla Birginsson, Clapton had to run over half a mile downriver after hooking the monster, and spent two and a half hours reeling it in. The local fishing association enforces a strict catch-and-release policy on the Vatnsdalsá River, but Clapton was able to snap a picture of his record-setting catch before setting it back into the river.Clapton has always liked fishing, but after recovering from drug addiction more than 30 years ago, Gary Brooker off Procol Harem got him hooked on fly-fishing as an alternative. Since then, Clapton has even designed his tours around the availability of fly-fishing. He's been traveling to Iceland to Iceland to fish for salmon since 2000. Read about the guitarist's fishing habit at Men's Journal.
The dog, from nearby Sebastopol, was rescued when she was nearly blind from neglect by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, where the contest was held. After several surgeries, she can now see again, Zindler said.Martha won $1500, a trophy, and a trip to New York City. Read more about her at CBS News. Gizmodo disagreed that Martha was the ugliest dog in the contest, so they posted a gallery of their top five picks, in which Martha only placed fourth.
The only animal in this year's contest too big to be held by her handler, Martha beat out 13 other dogs, most of them the kind of older, smaller dogs who win here.
We judge a city based on a few critical factors: cuisine, transportation, museums, nightlife… and the cuteness of its street cats and dogs. And that last one is a category in which Saigon scores high. Check out some of the creatures we’ve met during our 91 days in the city. Which would you take home? You can only choose one!There are more dogs than cats in the collection, with some puppies and kittens thrown in for good measure, at For 91 Days.
“He is lovely. He is a really sweet guy,” Berkeley, 31, told ABC News of Symba’s personality.Read Symba's story at ABC News. Keep up with Symba on his weight loss journey at his Facebook page.
The engaged couple heard about him like everyone else: on the news.
“There were a bunch of news stories about him,” she said. “We love cats. My fiancé and I had two cats already. I have a particular affinity for very large animals and he obviously was a really sweet, loving guy. Very cute.”