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|1306||King Wenceslas of Poland is murdered.|
|1570||Charles IX of France signs the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots.|
|1636||The invading armies of Spain, Austria and Bavaria are stopped at the village of St.-Jean-de-Losne, only 50 miles from France.|
|1648||Ibrahim, the sultan of Istanbul, is thrown into prison, then assassinated.|
|1786||Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard become the first men to climb Mont Blanc in France.|
|1844||Brigham Young is chosen to head the Mormon Church, succeeding Joseph Smith.|
|1863||Confederate President Jefferson Davis refuses General Robert E. Lee‘s resignation.|
|1876||Thomas Edison patents the mimeograph.|
|1899||The first household refrigerating machine is patented.|
|1925||The first national congress of the Ku Klux Klan opens.|
|1937||The Japanese Army occupies Beijing.|
|1940||The German Luftwaffe attacks Great Britain for the first time, beginning the Battle of Britain.|
|1942||U.S. Marines capture the Japanese airstrip on Guadalcanal.|
|1944||U.S. forces complete the capture of the Marianas Islands.|
|1945||The Soviet Union declares war on Japan.|
|1950||U.S. troops repel the first North Korean attempt to overrun them at the Battle of Naktong Bulge, which continued for 10 days.|
|1963||England’s “Great Train Robbery;” 2.6 million pounds ($7.3 million) is stolen|
|1974||Nixon resigns from the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal.|
|1978||Pioneer-Venus 2 is launched to probe the atmosphere of Venus.|
|1979||Iraq’s president Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents.|
|1983||Brigadier General Efrain Rios Montt is deposed as president of Guatemala in the country’s second military coup in 17 months.|
|1988||Angola, Cuba and South Africa sign a cease-fire treaty in the border war that began in 1966.|
|1989||NASA Space Shuttle Columbia begins its eighth flight, NASA’s 30th shuttle mission.|
|1990||Iraq annexes the state of Kuwait as its 19th province, six days after Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait.|
|2000||The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to surface, 136 years after it sank following its successful attack on USS Housatonic in the outer harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.|
|2007||An EF2 tornado hits Brooklyn, New York, the first in that borough since 1889.|
|2008||Georgia invades South Ossetia, touching off a five-day war between Georgia and Russia.|
1. You can take a wheelchair just about anywhere…although you won’t always be in it.Read the rest of Oulton's list and see pictures of the trip at Buzzfeed.
I took my wheelchair places I never thought I could go, including wheeling into a river to wash an elephant with a tiny bucket. I found that often the only way to accommodate my wheelchair was to separate myself from it; I had to bum-shuffle into and around my chosen method of transportation. By bungee-cording my wheelchair to vehicles, I managed to travel on boats, tuk-tuks, and motorbikes. This did mean I spent most of the trip with a brown-stained bum and quickly realized the flashing hazards of the dresses I had brought.
2. Things can get really personal.
There’s nothing quite like your wheelchair being strapped to the roof of the Mekong boat you’ll be on for two days, weak legs and appalling stability even on steady land, a heavy flow, a Mooncup, a squat toilet, and no running water to bring you closer to the friend you’re traveling with.
After World War II, Americans embraced the bounty of wartime scientific advances and a thriving economy: They now had cheap goods made out of high-tech plastic, streamlined appliances, and home TV sets. But they were also haunted by the specters of the A-bomb and the H-bomb. The burgeoning Cold War with the U.S.S.R. raised fears that workaholic Soviet scientists, laboring relentlessly under Communism, were making progress faster than American scientists, a competition that played out in the Space Race. Mainstream American pop culture attempted to assure people with images of the perfect suburban family defeating Communism through consumerism. However, American B-movies, comics, and pulp fiction were overrun with evil robots, monsters from space, radioactive mutants—and “mad scientists.” All of this affected how Americans regarded scientific education.But the pendulum swings both ways, and not always in a straight line. Girls and minority children were left out of the public push for science education until recently. Science fiction and horror movies gave us reason to fear science. And when a child reaches a certain age, an interest in science can brand them as nerdy. Read an overview of how our culture had shaped science education for kids over time at Collectors Weekly.
“The fears spiked in Postwar America at particular moments,” Onion says. “When Sputnik became the first spacecraft launched into orbit in 1957, Americans panicked, like, ‘Oh my God, the Soviets have it over us. Whatever the great powers of science and technology are, they’re better at them.’ That launch created a lot of apprehension and fear that kids absorbed and processed. Tons of postwar popular culture addressed that combination of wonder and fear, especially about nuclear technology and space travel.”
Gridlocks are expected across the U.S. for several days before and after the eclipse.Read more about what to expect if you live in the zone of totality at City Lab.
“It is similar to what would happen for an evacuation for a hurricane,” said Howard Duvall, councilman for Columbia, South Carolina.
To help the public grasp the size of these traffic jams, Duvall said it’s easier, and less frightening to compare the impact to a football game, even if no football game aside from the Super Bowl can really get close to the scale of traffic. “This is going to be like having 10 Carolina-Clemson football games on the same day,” Duvall said.
All explorations demand sacrifices in exchange for uncertain outcomes. Some of those sacrifices are social: how many resources we collectively devote to a given pursuit of knowledge. But another portion is borne by the explorer alone, who used to be rewarded with adventure and fame if not fortune. For the foreseeable future, Voyager seems destined to remain in the running for the title of Mankind’s Greatest Journey, which might just make its nine flight-team engineers — most of whom have been with the mission since the Reagan administration — our greatest living explorers. They also may be the last people left on the planet who can operate the spacecraft’s onboard computers, which have 235,000 times less memory and 175,000 times less speed than a 16-gigabyte smartphone. And while it’s true that these pioneers haven’t gone anywhere themselves, they are arguably every bit as dauntless as more celebrated predecessors. Magellan never had to steer a vessel from the confines of a dun-colored rental office, let alone stay at the helm long enough to qualify for a senior discount at the McDonald’s next door.Read about the engineers who've dedicated their lives to the Voyager mission at the New York Times. You can also keep up with the V-gers themselves by reading NASA's status page on the mission.
'It's like a zombie horror film. I was carrying out a large heath butterfly survey on Winmarleigh Moss and noticed a caterpillar hanging from the end of a branch of a small bush. Later on I saw another one hanging from a tall blade of grass - both were dead but otherwise intact.
Birds will often eat the zombified corpses as they hang from the tops of plants and spread the virus via their feces. 'It's pretty gruesome when you think about it,' Dr Miller said.
'I've never seen it in eight years working with the Wildlife Trust, and my colleague hasn't in 25 years, so it's an unusual thing to witness,' Dr Miller told MailOnline.