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Today in History

Carthage, the leading Roman city in North Africa, falls to Genseric and the Vandals.
Bavaria, despite being a Catholic region, joins the League of Schmalkalden, a Protestant group which opposes Charles V.
The signing of the Treaty of Westphalia ends the German Thirty Years’ War.
A British expedition against the French held Fort Niagara in Canada ends in failure.
The match is patented.
Western Union completes the first transcontinental telegraph line, putting the Pony Express out of business.
General Ulysses S. Grant arrives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to find the Union Army there starving.
The first comic strip appears in the Sunday color supplement of the New York Journal called the ‘Yellow Kid.’
Annie Edson Taylor, 43, is the first woman to go safely over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She made the attempt for the cash award offered, which she put toward the loan on her Texas ranch.
Henry Ford awards equal pay to women.
The Austro-German army routs the Italian army at Caporetto, Italy.
Black Thursday takes place–the first day of the stock market crash which began the Great Depression.
John Wayne debuts in his first starring role in The Big Trail .
Al (Alphonse) Capone, the prohibition-era Chicago gangster, is sent to prison for tax evasion.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, called Mahatma or “Great Soul,” resigns from Congress in India.
The Fair Labor Standards Act becomes law, establishing the 40-hour work week.
The aircraft carrier USS Princeton is sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
The United Nations comes into existence with the ratification of its charter by the first 29 nations.
Vidkun Quisling, Norway’s wartime minister president, is executed by firing squad for collaboration with the Nazis.
Presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower announces that if elected, he will go to Korea.
Leftist Salvador Allende is elected president of Chile.
The Yom Kippur War ends.
Poland’s government legalizes the Solidarity Trade Union.
The Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves in the 11th inning of the 6th game, to become the first Major League Baseball team from outside the US to win the series.
The supersonic Concorde jet made its last commercial passenger flight from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport, traveling at twice the speed of sound.
Many stock exchanges worldwide suffer the steepest declines in their histories; the day becomes known as “Bloody Friday.”

I Got You Bae

Cher, who is 70 but looks perfectly preserved, appeared on The Late Late Show with James Cordon and sang the classic Sonny & Cher ballad “I Got You Babe,” with updated lyrics for the Tinder generation.
Cordon joined her for the duet. He sings pretty well for a talk show host!

Controversy over giant statue of naked lady

A naked woman made of steel who's 55 feet tall now towers over the entrance of a tech campus in the San Leandro neighborhood of San Francisco.
At the base of the 13,000-pound statue, named Truth Is Beauty, is a message in 10 languages that says: "What would the world be like if women were safe?"
"As someone who is a survivor of rape and sexual abuse myself, I realised that this represented my story," said Deborah Acosta, San Leandro's Chief Innovation Officer. Acosta wanted to make a home for the sculpture, made by artist Marco Cochrane, after it was displayed at Burning Man in the Nevada desert in 2013.

"The messaging is to look past the skin, the inner strength and the beauty that all of us have," she said. But not everyone sees it that way. "I think it's very inappropriate to have like a naked body just like that. And it's huge, you can't miss it," said one resident.

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Teenage goalkeeper awoke from coma speaking fluent Spanish after being kicked in the head

A student from Gwinnett County, Georgia, suffered a head injury on the football pitch and woke up speaking fluent Spanish. Last month 16-year-old Reuben Nsemoh, a sophomore at Brookwood High School, was kicked in a head playing goalkeeper for his team. It was the worst concussion his coach Bruno Kalonji has ever seen in one of his players.
“The ambulance came and they said he was having seizures because he might have bleeding in his brain,” he says. Nsemoh was in a coma for three days. When he awoke, he was unable to speak English. But found he could communicate in Spanish. “My friends would always talk to me in Spanish and would teach me,” he said. Even though he never really spoke the language before, Nsemoh could do so fluently.

He figures his subconscious remembered the words that now seemingly come naturally to him. “I wasn’t perfect, but my brother is a really fluent Spanish speaker. So he kind of inspired me with that too.” It is the third concussion for the teen. But once he fully recovers, he hopes to get back on the pitch again. “It’s my passion. It’s the one thing I want to do for my career,” says Nsemoh. But Kalonji says he won’t do so on his team without a helmet.

He believes all goalkeepers should be required to wear one. “This can happen even at practice. And if kids already have two concussions or three, it’s recommended that they wear one,” he says. Nsemoh’s parents are thankful he is recovering. “He’s a fighter. He tells me, ‘Mom I’ll do well. I’m okay’,” says Dorah Nsemoh. The family says the medical bills so far have topped $200,000. Both his mother and father are grateful to the Brookwood community for rallying around.

It’s in our economic self-interest to keep an open door to immigrants

Here’s why it’s in our economic self-interest to keep an open door to immigrants

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Link found between selfie viewing and decreased self-esteem

Link found between selfie viewing and decreased self-esteem
Link found between selfie viewing and decreased self-esteem
Frequent viewing of selfies through social network sites like Facebook is linked to a decrease in self-esteem and life satisfaction, according to Penn State researchers in mass communications. "Most of the research done on social network sites looks at the motivation...

What Each State Googles More Than Any Other State

Everyone has questions, that's part of what makes us human. Google helps us not only answer such questions, but also learn what our neighbors wonder about as well. That's why we love this collection of some of the most common questions asked in each state -or at least asked more in each state than they are asked in other states. The map is fun to look at, but this Thrillist article has more than one question per state, which offers a lot more information and interest to the collection of inquiries.

The 30 Weirdest Horror Movies of the 1970s

The 1970s were a weird time, as my children love to remind me. The ‘70s gave us The Exorcist, Jaws, Carrie, and a lot of other great horror films, but those just opened the doors for anyone and everyone to make horror movies, some that you’d swear were inspired by drug-induced hallucinations. Remember Night of the Lepus? Willard? Werewolves on Wheels? How about Trog?
Joan Crawford plays a scientist who discovers the missing link is alive and well and answers to “Trog,” short for “troglodyte.” Predictably, the creature doesn’t mesh well with the modern world. This very strange film marked the final on-screen appearance for Crawford; at the time, she probably had some regrets, but today Trog lives on as a wonderful curiosity.
During the 1970s, I saw just about every movie that came to the local theater. This list might brings back memories for you, or else you might see something worth checking out. The 20 weirdest horror movies the 1970s are presented in alphabetical order at io9. There are some trailers and video clips


The Mistake that Cost a Village its Children
Fifty years ago today, on October 21, 1966, the Welsh village of Aberfan lost 116 children and 28 adults when a slag heap from the nearby coal mines collapsed directly upon the Pantglas Junior School.
Down in Pantglas Junior School the lights began to flicker and sway; an ominous roar like “a jet plane screaming low over the school in the fog”.
The glistening black avalanche consumed rocks, trees, farm cottages then ruptured the Brecon Beacons to Cardiff water main, engorging it further and increasing the velocity of its murderous descent towards Pantglas.
Seconds after it hit, Cyril Vaughan, a teacher at the neighbouring senior school, said “everything was so quiet”.“As if nature had realized that a tremendous mistake had been made and nature was speechless.”
It was an unbelievable tragedy, but it wasn’t unforeseen. Citizens had complained to the National Coal Board for years about the growing slag heap on the hills above the village, but got no action. Read about the horror of the Aberfan disaster and its aftermath at BBC News.

How Girl Stunt Reporters Changed Journalism

Newspapers competed fiercely for readers in the late 19th century. One of the innovations of the time was the undercover reporter, particularly women, called “girl stunt reporters.” They could anonymously take on the role of the lowly victim and uncover injustice. Nellie Bly got herself committed to an insane asylum for a story. In another example, when publisher James J. West took over The Chicago Times in 1887, he wanted to turn the paper around and make it a respectable news source.
Nothing worked, though, until a schoolteacher-turned-reporter named Helen Cusack donned a shabby frock and brown veil and went looking for a job in the rainy July of 1888. In factories and sweat shops, she stitched coats and shoe linings, interviewed her fellow workers in hot, unventilated spaces and did the math. At the Excelsior Underwear Company, she was handed a stack of shirts to sew—80 cents a dozen—and then was charged 50 cents to rent the sewing machine and 35 cents for thread. Nearby, another woman was being yelled at for leaving oil stains on chemises. She’d have to pay to launder them. “But worse than broken shoes, ragged clothes, filthy closets, poor light, high temperature, and vitiated atmosphere was the cruel treatment by the people in authority,” she wrote under the byline Nell Nelson. Her series, “City Slave Girls,” ran for weeks.
The Chicago Times followed that series up with one even more sensational: an exposé of doctors willing to provide illegal abortions. Read how they did it, and how readers reacted, at Smithsonian.   
Oscar Wilde’s father William had six children; three with his wife Jane (including Oscar) and three older children born out of wedlock to two different women. The older children were raised by William Wilde’s relatives and it is not clear whether Oscar even knew about them. His two half-sisters, Mary and Emily Wilde, died tragically at a Halloween party. There is very little that we know for sure about the incident.
On October 31st 1871, the sisters were enjoying themselves at one such event. The Hallowe’en party was hosted by a man named Andrew Reid at the Drumacon House in Ireland. Everything was a success right until the end of the party when the host asked one of the sisters—most likely Mary—to one last dance around the ballroom. In a dark twist of fate that turned a night of joy into a tragedy, Mary got too close to the candlesticks and her dress caught on fire.
Panic ensued. The remaining guests screamed in wild terror as Emily dashed to her sister in an attempt to put out the fire. The attempt did not only prove futile, but also deadly, as Emily’s dress also caught on fire.
The details of what happened that night and afterward come from several sources and don’t always agree. In fact, very little was known about the deaths of the Wilde sisters and may even have been covered up. More recent investigations uncover yet more intriguing anomalies in the story that we still don’t have answers for. Read the accounts of the deaths of Mary and Emily Wilde at Atlas Obscura.

Bog mummy's missing toe returned after more than 60 years

The missing toe of Tollund Man, one of Denmark’s best-preserved Iron Age mummy's, has been returned after more than 60 years. The toe, still complete and intact with its mummified toenail, was returned by the daughter of the man responsible for restoring the body, who took it home when it was cut off in the 1950s as part of an experiment in preservation techniques. Birte Brorson said the toe had been part of her childhood. "I brought the toe with me to school once to show my classmates," Birte Brorson said. "We read about the Tollund Man, and I said, 'I’ve got his toe at home'. No one believed me, so I brought it there to show them."
Tollund Man was found in 1950 buried in a peat bog on the Jutland peninsular. Although he lived and died in the 4th century BC, his features had been so well preserved by the acid in the bog that the people who discovered him at first thought he was a recent murder victim. Brorson stressed that her father, who ended his career as a museum inspector, had been a serious scientist and was not the sort of person who would keep a toe as a joke. The family found the toe when they emptied their parents' house when her mother was moving into an old people's home.
"We found it in a box where my father kept his tools and things like that," she said. "We thought, 'that's the toe', and put it in a basket to take to my mother’s house, and for the last 11 years it was with my mother’s belongings." When they discussed returning it, their mother stopped them. "My mother said to me ‘don’t give it back to them, they’ll just throw it away’," she said. The father's keeping of the toe is perhaps not as bad as might be supposed, as conservation techniques in the 1950s were not good enough to preserve the whole body, so the forensic examiners decided to only preserve the head and did not keep the rest of the body intact, although some other body parts were preserved.
"That was the feeling we had. 'This is nothing'. At the time we had it bits of the Tollund man was scattered all over Europe." The Silkeborg Museum created a reconstruction of the body in 1987, which is what visitors can see today together with the original head. Brorson said she had been surprised by the reaction when she contacted the museum a week ago. "They were very, very enthusiastic and I didn’t expect that. I’m very happy it is a very big deal. I’m very, very happy that this toe is precious, because I always thought it was." “We are ecstatic here at the Silkeborg Museum. It's fantastic,” Ole Nielsen, the museum’s director said.

Ancient Burials Suggestive of Blood Feuds

Ancient Burials Suggestive of Blood Feuds
Ancient Burials Suggestive of Blood Feuds
There is significant variation in how different cultures over time have dealt with the dead. Yet, at a very basic level, funerals in the Sonoran Desert thousands of years ago were similar to what they are today. Bodies of the deceased were buried respectfully, while...

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