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Today in History

In Constantinople, Justin, seriously ill, crowns his nephew Justinian as his co-emperor.
Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world.
The territory of Orleans becomes the 18th state and will become known as Louisiana.
The United States flag is declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars.
President William Henry Harrison, aged 68, becomes the first president to die in office, just a month after being sworn in.
The Battle of Yorktown begins as Union gen. George B. McClellan closes in on Richmond, Va.
The U.S. Senate votes 90-6 to enter World War I on Allied side.
The Battle of the Somme ends.
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel captures the British held town of Benghazi in North Africa.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty is signed.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the president of Pakistan is executed.
A coup in Sudan ousts President Nimeiry and replaces him with General Dahab.

At least three dead in national roundup and detention of gay men in Chechnya

Hundreds of men in the Russian republic of Chechnya have been rounded up and detained recently on suspicion of being homosexual, and at least three have died while in custody, according to a prominent Russian newspaper.
Novaya Gazeta, which reported the crackdown Saturday, said it was aware of other sources who say the death toll may be far higher. The gay men who have disappeared from the streets of Grozny, the Chechen capital, and other towns and cities are said to have ranged in age from 16 to 50.
Novaya Gazeta, a Moscow-based publication known for independent investigative reporting and its willingness to confront Russian officialdom, said it learned of the action against gay men in Chechnya from the Interior Ministry in the Caucasus republic, local activists and law enforcement sources.

The First Victorian Tattoo Queen

Maude Wagner was the first American woman who displayed tattoos done of her own volition, but she also became the first American woman tattoo artist. She was a circus performer, an aerialist and contortionist. What caused her to became the tattooed lady? It was love.
He was Gus Wagner, a midwestern man himself who had been sailing the world in the late 1800s and returned home covered in nearly 300 tattoos. He claimed to have learned his tattoo technique from tribesmen in Java and Borneo.
Wagner met Maud at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, where she was working as an aerialist. At the time, Gus was also traveling in circuses and doing sideshows, amazing audiences with his intricate and extreme ink work. In exchange for a date, Gus offered to give Maud a lesson in tattooing. She obliged, and the rest was history.
Gus and Maude looked like any ordinary family, with their daughter Lotteva, dressed with their arms and legs covered like proper Victorians. But without the yards of clothing, they were covered in art. They even taught Lotteva to ink tats, starting when she was nine years old. Read the story of Maude Wagner at Messy Messy Chic.

Many of the Self-Styled 'Feminist' Corporate CEOs Aren't as Empowering as They Think They Are

World's Smallest Snowman is Just 3 Microns Tall

Meet the world's smallest snowman, created by Western Nanofabrication Facility. At only 3 microns tall, the snowman was fabricated from three 0.9-micron silica spheres stacked by using electron beam lithography. The snowman's eyes and mouth were etched with a focused ion beam, whereas the nose and arms were sculpted with platinum.
View the larger pics over at Western Nanofabrication Facility's Tumblr page.

PepsiCo Is Going on a Health Kick

Fun With A Giant Marshmallow Gummy Bear In A Vacuum Chamber

Playing with your food is fun, but using a vacuum chamber to play with your food means you're using science to play with your food- making it fun for both your brain and your eyeballs!We've seen how vacuum chambers affect popular marshmallow candies like Peeps, warping them in all kinds of funny ways, but nothing shows the pressures of that vac-cha life quite like a giant marshmallow gummy bear.
The Vacuum Chamber channel created this sweet video so we can see what happens when a poor gummy bear finds itself trapped in a mad food scientist's laboratory.

This Burger Has Pizza for a Bun

We've seen burgers built inside of pizzas and burgers with pizza toppings, but at Los Angeles' new Meathead restaurant, you can instead get a burger with an actual pizza as the bun. While the burger in the picture has all kinds of fancy toppings on it like kimchi and bulgogi, you can get a pizza bun on just about any burger they serve, including more classic meat, cheese and pickle varieties or on monster ones topped with bacon and onion rings.

The Funky Smells and Tastes of Marijuana

Heroin became 'epidemic' as race of victims changed

Heroin became 'epidemic' as race of victims changed

Are You Ready for War with Iran?

Chicago police arrest 14-year-old boy after rape of girl is streamed on Facebook Live

Police in Chicago have arrested a 14-year-old boy and are seeking a 15-year-old in connection with the gang rape of a teenage girl that was broadcast on Facebook Live, authorities said Sunday.
Police were working to identify other suspects — the Facebook video, since taken down, showed as many as six — but the trauma suffered by the 15-year-old victim was complicating the investigation, area commander Brendan Deenihan told a news conference.
“She’s just having a difficult time even communicating what occurred to her,” Deenihan said, adding that the teen had been cyber-bullied by people belittling her ordeal, and that her family had received threats.
More arrests were expected soon, he said.
The girl went missing on March 19 in the crime-plagued midwestern US city. She was found two days later and taken to a children’s hospital for treatment.
Police got involved when the girl’s mother approached Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at a neighborhood meeting, showing him graphic photos taken from the Facebook video showing several young men assaulting the teen.
The 14-year-old suspect faces at least three juvenile felony charges, including aggravated criminal sexual assault, police said Sunday. Juvenile suspects are generally not named.
It was the latest in a series of troubling incidents in which violent acts have been streamed live on Facebook, including two fatal shootings and the kidnapping and torture of a disabled 18-year-old.
The social networking site said in a statement after the Chicago rape case that it took seriously its “responsibility to keep people safe on Facebook.”
Police said several social-media search warrants had been issued in the case and that Facebook was cooperating.
The live online video attracted as many as 40 viewers at one time, but no one contacted police.
“It just disgusts me that people could look at those videos and not pick up the phone and dial 911,” Johnson said at the news conference.
“It makes me wonder, where are we going, what are we doing as a society?”
Chicago has been grappling with a surge in violent crime. Last year, the city endured its highest number of shootings and murders in nearly two decades.

America's TV Media Crisis Goes Far Beyond Covering Dumbass Trump

Hospitals rush to get accelerated visas for foreign medical residents

They've gotten through medical school. They've applied to residency programs, and been offered a job at a US hospital.
But for some of the 3,814 non-US citizens who graduated from foreign schools and who won coveted residencies in the United States, it's unclear whether they'll be able to start work on time in the summer.
That's because a program that allows employers to fast-track H-1B visa applications for their employees has been suspended as of Monday. US immigration officials announced the change just a month ago - and Match Day, when new residents learn where they will be placed was March 17 - leaving some hospitals rushing to figure out who needed this kind of visa and to apply before "premium processing" would no longer be an option.

‘Peeling the onion’ to get rid of odors near wastewater treatment plants

‘Peeling the onion’ to get rid of odors near wastewater treatment plants
Powerful nuisance odors from sewage and wastewater treatment facilities are a worldwide problem, but finding and eliminating the sources of such unpleasant aromas can be difficult. Scientists have compared the search to peeling an onion … Read more

Why GDP Could Stand for Going to Destroy the Planet

Astronomers discover three new fast radio bursts

A nearby young star has two giant protoplanets around it

A nearby young star has two giant protoplanets around it

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