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Today in History

The Aghlabid rulers of Ifriqiyah (modern day Tunisia) capture Taormina, Sicily.
The crusaders under Peter the Hermit reach Constantinople.
Piero de Medici succeeds his father, Cosimo, as ruler of Florence.
The Turkish army is defeated by French and German troops at St. Gotthard, Hungary.
James II’s siege of Londonderry, Ireland, ends in failure. James’ force had suffered some 8,000 casualties to the defenders’ 3,600.
Thomas Arne’s song “Rule Britannia” is performed for the first time.
British and Hanoverian armies defeat the French at the Battle of Minden, Germany.
Robert Carter III, a Virginia plantation owner, frees all 500 of his slaves in the largest private emancipation in U.S. history. An 1839 mutiny aboard a Spanish ship in Cuban waters raised basic questions about freedom and slavery in the United States.
Admiral Horatio Nelson routs the French fleet in the Battle of the Nile at Aboukir Bay, Egypt.
The American schooner Enterprise captures the Barbary cruiser Tripoli. Often venturing into harm’s way, America’s most famous sailing ship, the Constitution, twice came close to oblivion.
Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire.
Union General Ulysses S. Grant gives general Philip H. Sheridan the mission of clearing the Shenandoah Valley of Confederate forces. After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate resistance at Petersburg, Virginia, suddenly collapsed.
The first long-distance gas pipeline in the U.S. is completed. Designed for natural gas, the two-inch pipe ran five miles from Newton Wells to Titusville, Pennsylvania.
San Francisco’s first cable cars begin running, operated by Hallidie’s Clay Street Hill Railroad Company.
Sir Frederick Roberts frees the British Afghanistan garrison of Kandahar from Afghan rebels.
A machine for making shredded wheat breakfast cereal is patented.
Germany declares war on Russia.
The Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany becomes operational.The Nuremberg Trial would later bring high-ranking Nazis to justice.
Synthetic vitamin K is produced for the first time.
The Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo plane makes its first flight.
Ensign Henry C. White, while flying a J4F Widgeon plane, sinks U-166 as it approaches the Mississippi River, the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Over 177 B-24 Liberator bombers attack the oil fields in Ploesti, Romania, for a second time.
The Polish underground begins an uprising against the occupying German army, as the Red Army approaches Warsaw.
President Harry S Truman establishes the Atomic Energy Commission.
Lead elements of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division arrive in Korea from the United States.
The Geneva Accords divide Vietnam into two countries at the 17th parallel.
US and Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
Singer Chubby Checker releases “The Twist,” creating a new dance craze. The song had been released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters the previous year but got little attention.
Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to play on the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team.
Charles Whitman, shooting from the Texas Tower at the University of Texas, kills 16 people and wounds 31 before being killed himself.
Lunatic fringe hate monger Lush Dimbulb begins his national hate speech radio show.
In Asuncion, Paraguay, a fire in the Ycua Bolanos V supermarket complex kills nearly 400 people and injures 500.
The I-35W bridge at Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring 145.

Why Are Americans So Afraid?

Hackers Demonstrate How to Crack Into Electronic Voting Machines

China mall offers 'man pod' havens for husbands wary of shopping

At a Shanghai mall, rows of “man pods” equipped with video games are proving a big hit, providing a refuge for hundreds of weary husbands and boyfriends as their other halves shop until they drop.

How Angelina Jolie’s fought her rare condition that affected her face

In a Vanity Fair cover story, Angelina Jolie opened up about her rare health condition, Bell’s palsy. She told the magazine she developed the condition as a result of facial nerve damage; however, the exact cause of the disorder is unknown, according to Mayo Clinic.

Link between sugar and mood disorders

The thought of a cupcake, skillfully frosted with fluffy vanilla icing, may put a smile on your face, but research suggests that, in the long term, a sweet tooth may turn that smile into a frown – but not for the reasons you think. In a new study, published in Scientific Reports, my colleagues and I found a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders.

New Border Patrol Chief Must Address Sexual Crimes Against Female Agents

New Border Patrol Chief Must Address Sexual Crimes Against Female Agents

One man’s quest for more girth in his penis ends in shocking 'sudden death'

The “world’s first known” death from penis enlargement surgery has been recorded in Sweden, according to the Journal of Forensic Sciences and the New York Daily News.
Earlier, similar surgeries have caused injury and death, but they involved unlicensed surgeons.

Terrifying story of man who plotted a rape

A Pennsylvania man from Bucks County who pleaded guilty to an attempted rape charge in 2013 and was sentenced 10 to 20 years in prison, we now know, not only planned and “wanted this [his] whole life,” but also specifically targeted someone who looked like Paris Hilton.

NRA Exploits Rape Victimhood to Defend Reckless Gun Owners

Dumbass Trump Has Done Nothing about the Devastating Opioid Epidemic

Tomi Lahren proves just how dumb she really is.

Oxford student who wore KKK costume to party faces punishment

An Oxford University student who dressed up as a Ku Klux Klan member issued an apology — and then blamed Dumbass Trump.

American Nazis fund European ship to catch Muslims in the Mediterranean

Europe's white nationalists are taking border control into their own hands.
Funded with money from American white supremacists and the "alt-right" movement, a group called Generation Identity has chartered a ship it plans to use to snatch Muslim migrants out of Mediterranean waters and deliver them back to the Middle East.

FBI's Strange Obsession and Constant Surveillance of Charlie Chaplin

From 9/11 to Dumbass Trump

August's solar eclipse has basically turned into a national disaster

Port-a-potty shortages. Cellular blackout zones. Ambulances stuck in gridlock. These are the conditions emergency managers across the nation are expecting the week of August 21.
No, a major hurricane isn’t forecast. This isn’t preparation for a cyberattack after someone tipped the FBI. Beyoncé isn’t doing a national tour—but the cause is a star of another kind.

The cruel carnage of Shark Fin Soup

In Washington, D.C., these days, when wingnuts team up with Democrats for the cause of conservation they deserve a shout-out of support from all of us.
The issue is “shark finning.” That’s the grisly practice where fishermen pull in a shark, hack off the fins for the shark-fin soup market, and then throw the mutilated animal back into the ocean to suffer an agonizing death from bleeding, drowning or predation by other animals.

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