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Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Today in History

741 Charles Martel of Gaul dies at Quiezy. His mayoral power is divided between his two sons, Pepin III and Carloman.
1746 Princeton University, in New Jersey, receives its charter.
1797 The first successful parachute descent is made by Andre-Jacqes Garnerin, who jumps from a balloon at some 2,200 feet over Paris.
1824 The Tennessee Legislature adjourns ending David "Davy" Crockett’s state political career.
1836 Sam Houston sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
1862 Union troops push 5,000 confederates out of Maysbille, Ark., at the Second Battle of Pea Ridge.
1859 Spain declares war on the Moors in Morocco.
1907 Ringling Brothers buys Barnum & Bailey.
1914 U.S. places economic support behind Allies.
1918 The cities of Baltimore and Washington run out of coffins during the "Spanish Inflenza" epidemic.
1938 Chester Carlson invents the photocopier. He tries to sell the machine to IBM, RCA, Kodak and others, but they see no use for a gadget that makes nothing but copies.
1954 As a result of the Geneva accords granting Communist control over North Vietnam, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes a crash program to train the South Vietnamese Army.
1955 The prototype of the F-105 Thunder Chief makes its maiden flight.
1962 U.S. reveals Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade on further shipment of military equipment to Cuba. Following a confrontation that threatens nuclear war, Kennedy and Khrushchev agree on October 28 on a formula to end the crisis. On November 2 Kennedy reports that Soviet missile bases in Cuba are being dismantled.
1964 Jean Paul Satre declines the Nobel Prize for Literature.
1966 The Soviet Union launches Luna 12 for orbit around the moon
1972 Operation Linebacker I, the bombing of North Vietnam with B-52 bombers, ends.
1978 Papal inauguration of Pope John Paul II; born Karol Jozef Wojtyla. The Polish-born Wojtyla was the first non-Italian pope since Pope Adrian VI died in 1523; he would become the second-longest serving pope in the history of the Papacy and exercise considerable influence on events of the later portion of the 20th century.
1981 The US Federal Labor Relations authority decertified the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) from representing federal air traffic controllers, as a result of a PATCO strike in August that was broken by the Reagan Administration.
1999 Maurice Papon, formerly an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity for his role in deporting more than 1,600 Jews to concentration camps.
2005 Tropical Storm Alpha forms, making 2005 the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms.



Thomas Jefferson’s Hidden Chemistry Lab Discovered

The University of Virginia (UVA) was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. He designed the curriculum to be heavy on science, and also designed the school’s rotunda. The rotunda is undergoing a renovation, and Matt Scheidt of the historic preservation firm John G. Waite Associates made a peculiar discovery.
"I was laying on my back looking up inside this little space. I saw that there was a piece of cut stone which is very unusual to have in this location. You could see that there was a square cut in the stone and that there was a finished space around that with plaster and painted walls," Scheidt said.
Upon further investigation, he realized he uncovered a piece of history. A chemistry lab designed by Thomas Jefferson and built in the early 1820s, toward the end of the Rotunda's construction.
The lab was bricked up in the 1850s, and then forgotten until now. There were few academic chemistry labs in existence in the 19th century, and even fewer of them survive today. Read the history and description of the lab, and see pictures, at UVA’s website.

Louisiana Has To Fund Planned Parenthood

Federal judge orders Louisiana to fund Planned Parenthood clinics

Fox hack: Female researcher likely rigged ‘smart women’ study because she’s bitter men won’t date her

Kennedy Montgomery (Fox News/screen grab)
Fox hack: Female researcher likely rigged ‘smart women’ study because she’s bitter men won’t date her

Tennessee baptists would rather abolish cult than have a female pastor

The greater tabernacle cult will lose membership with their local baptist asshats because the pastor of the cult is female. The association voted overwhelmingly to show “no tolerance” for women cult leaders.

Kentucky Prosecutor: Being Hispanic Is Good Enough Reason For Police To Pull You Over

Creepy Clowns Cavorting

Recent reports from Britain claim that scary clowns are stalking children. And not for the first time.

A Cult Exposed

As Mexico’s Nezahualcoyotl reservoir succumbs to drought, its receding waters have revealed a haunting relic from the past.

Attractive Genes

We might like to think we're in control of who we fall in love with, but our genes have already made the choice for us.

The Most Windswept Spots on Earth

Here are some places where you'll want to hold onto your hat for dear life.

Fracking Chemicals Causing Male Sterility

Here's a story that will make men who want to be grandfathers a bit nervous. 

Photo of Iceberg That Sank Titanic

The photo comes with first-hand testimony describing red paint from the Titanic seen on the iceberg.

Zircon Life

Zircon crystal found in Australia suggests life appeared on Earth 4.1 billion years ago: researchers

Moth Name

The white winged insect awaits the end of an Ebay auction to learn what it will be called.

Dining on Plastic

Will we one day be feeding our plastic bags and styrofoam coffee cups to worms? Some new studies out there show that certain creepy crawlies can eat some of the substances whose landfill lifespan makes us cranky.

From The Shark Files

The mega shark lived 300 million years ago and would have made today's great whites look like shrimps.

Snakes on a Beach

The lifelong water-dweller may be drawn north by warmer El Nino waters.

Animal Pictures