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Today in History

217 BC

Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal destroy a Roman army under consul Gaius Flaminius in a battle at Lake Trasimene in central Italy.
Scottish forces, led by Robert the Bruce, win an overwhelming victory against English King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn.
The English fleet defeats the French fleet at Sluys, off the Flemish coast.
Explorer John Cabot lands in North America in present-day Canada.
Henry VIII is crowned King of England.
The colony of New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, is founded.
Margaret Brent, demands a voice and a vote for herself in the Maryland colonial assembly.
King Philip’s War begins.
Napoleon crosses the Neman River and invades Russia.
At the Battle of Solferino, also known as the Battle of the Three Sovereigns, the French army, led by Napoleon III, defeats the Austrian army under Franz Joseph I.
Federal gunboats attack Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia.
U.S. intervention saves the British and French at the Dagu Forts in China.
Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Harvard University.
The Japanese army invades Korea.
Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria following border disputes over Macedonia and Thrace.
The Soviet Union and Afghanistan sign a treaty of neutrality.
France signs an armistice with Italy.
President Franklin Roosevelt pledges all possible support to the Soviet Union.
Royal Air Force Bombers hammer Muelheim, Germany, in a drive to cripple the Ruhr industrial base.
The Soviet Union begins the Berlin Blockade, America responds with the Berlin Airlift.
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier announce their engagement.
Soviet MIGs down a U.S. Navy patrol plane over the Bering Strait.
The Federal Trade Commission announces that, starting in 1965, cigarette makers must include warning labels about the harmful effects of smoking.
The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Is Coconut Oil Healthy or Not?

How to Handle a Toxic Relationship

If Americans Are So Worried About Pollution, Why Are So Few Willing to Speak Up About It?

Sweltering Summer Heat Makes People Moodier, Unhelpful


Devos Just Put A For-Profit Credit Card Exec In Charge Of Federal Student Aid Program

Devos Just Put A For-Profit Credit Card Exec In Charge Of Federal Student Aid Program
Corporations used to bribe politicians to get what they wanted, now the Dumbass Trump junta is cutting out the middleman.

Employment helps white men’s health more than women and blacks

Employment can be a big boost to health, conferring up to 10 extra years of life, but not if you are black or female. In fact, in the United States, employment gives most of its health advantage to white men, particularly those who are most educated.

Appeals court overturns conviction of 'Making a Murderer' inmate

A federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed a decision to overturn the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey, a Wisconsin man serving a life sentence whose case was chronicled in the popular Netflix television documentary “Making a Murderer.”
Some gay couples are making the most of a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal across the United States, but many LGBT adults are just happy to have their rights without needing to put a ring on it. After the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states could not ban same-sex marriages, 10.2 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adults are now married to their same-sex spouse, according to a Gallup poll published this week.
Before the Supreme Court ruling, less than 8 percent of LGBT couples were married to a same-sex partner. In 2016, about 9.6 percent of LGBT adults said "I do" to their same-sex partner. LGBT Americans over the age of 50 were most likely to be married.

Fourth Grader Makes Heartbreaking Video About Racist Classmates

Wingnuts' Cruel 'Health Care' Bill Goes After Children, the Poor and Veterans

A New Bill In Missouri Would Allow Your Employer To Fire You For Using Birth Control

A New Bill In Missouri Would Allow Your Employer To Fire You For Using Birth Control
Kind of ironic for a state with the motto, “Let the good of the people be the supreme law.”

Texas Wingnut Bringing Two Anti-LGBT Bathroom Bills To The Table

Texas Wingnut Bringing Two Anti-LGBT Bathroom Bills To The Table During Special Legislative Session
‘Abbott is proving everything is bigger in Texas including prioritizing discrimination.’

Texas Cleared To Resurrect Fetal Burial Law

The ACLU Is Suing D.C. Police for Their Brazen Mistreatment of Inauguration Protesters

A Los Angeles police officer was arrested on suspicion of having unlawful sex with a 15-year-old member of the cadet program, and may have had knowledge of the alleged theft of police cruisers and other equipment by cadets in recent weeks, Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.
Beck said he personally arrested Officer Robert Cain, 31, a 10-year veteran of the department, at the LAPD's 77th Street Division on Thursday.
Investigators learned of the sexual misconduct allegations Wednesday, as part of a larger review of the theft of three LAPD cruisers and other supplies that was revealed last week.
The victim, identified only as a 15-year-old girl, was one of the cadets involved in the thefts, Beck said.

LA sheriff’s deputies shoot at dog — kill Palmdale teenager

LA sheriff’s deputies shoot at dog — firing bullets that bounce and kill Palmdale teenager

A hotter planet might make hurricanes more destructive

In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew killed more than 550 people and caused $15 billion in property damages. The most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean and Southeastern United States in a decade, it whipped winds up to 160 miles per hour and pushed a 10-foot surge of seawater onto the coast. Unfortunately, Matthew might be more of a harbinger than an outlier. Based on computer models and historical records, many climatologists think that warming oceans might make storms like Matthew more common. Research suggests that a hotter planet might create the perfect weather conditions for forming these ­exceptionally strong, dangerous tropical cyclones.

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