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Today in History

A Byzantine counter-offensive is routed by Simeon at Anchialus, Bulgaria.
The first group of twenty Africans is brought to Jamestown, Virginia.
John Milton publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve.
Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering, commissioned by Peter the Great of Russia to find land connecting Asia and North America, discovers America.
American General “Mad Anthony” Wayne defeats the Ohio Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in the Northwest territory, ending Indian resistance in the area.
General Winfield Scott wins the Battle of Churubusco on his drive to Mexico City.
Dublin’s Abbey Theatre is founded, an outgrowth of the Irish Literary Theater founded in 1899 by William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory.
The American Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to a warm welcome.
700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegoud becomes the first person to jump from an airplane and land safely.
Russia wins an early victory over Germany at Gumbinnen.
After a previous machine gun attack failed, exiled Russian Leon Trotsky is assassinated in Mexico City, with an alpine ax to the back of the head.
Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
Adolf Hitler authorizes the development of the V-2 missile.
United States and British forces close the pincers on German units in the Falaise-Argentan pocket in France.
The USSR publicly acknowledges it tested a hydrogen bomb eight days earlier.
Hundreds are killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.
The USSR recovers 2 dogs, Belka and Strelka, the first animals to be launched into orbit and returned alive (Sputnik 5).
East Germany begins erecting a wall along its western border to replace barbed wire put up Aug 13; US 1st Battle Group, 18th Infantry Division arrives in West Berlin.
US President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act, an anti-poverty measure totaling nearly $1 billion, as part of his War on Poverty.
Some 650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia to quell reformers there.
The Cambodian military launches a series of operations against the Khmer Rouge.
US Vice Pretender Ford, who had replaced Spiro Agnew, assumes the Office of the Pretender after Nixon resigns; Ford names Rockefeller as VP.
NASA launches Viking 1; with Viking 2, launched a few days later, it provided high-resolution mapping of Mars, revolutionizing existing views of the planets.
The Penmanshiel Diversion on the  the East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland opens, replacing the 134-year-old Penmanshiel Tunnel that had collapsed in March.
UN Security Council condemns Israel’s declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital; vote is 14-0, with US abstaining.
A multinational force including 800 US Marines lands in Beirut, Lebanon, to oversee Palestinian withdrawal during the Lebanese Civil War.
Part-time mail carrier Patrick Sherrill shoots 20 fellow workers killing 14 at Edmond Okla., the first mass shooting by an individual in an office environment in the US. His actions give rise to the phrase “going postal,” for sudden violent outbursts.
Iraq moves Western hostages to military installations to use them as human shields against air attacks by a US-led multinational coalition.
After an attempted coup in the Soviet Union, Estonia declares independence from the USSR.
Secret negotiations in Norway lead to agreement on the Oslo Peace Accords, an attempt to resolve the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Miracle, the Sacred White Buffalo, is born on the Heider Farm near Janesville, Wisc. The first white (not albino) buffalo born since 1933, she was a important religious symbol for many US and Canadian Indian tribes.
The Supreme Court of Canada rules Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.
The US launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the Aug. 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein seizes the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin; after five hours they release their hostages and surrender.

Scientists discover how magic mushrooms make psilocybin

Scientists have long wondered how and why magic mushrooms create psilocybin, a psychoactive chemical that causes hallucinations when ingested. Two new papers published this month provide some answers, one of which paves the way for an easier way to create the psychedelic compound.

Drones will fly into the path of the eclipse to study weather

When the sun disappears behind the moon on Monday, scientists will be ready. The astrophysics of the eclipse are known, so for space watchers it will be a time to relax and partake in the strange beauty of day gone suddenly dark. For the atmospheric scientist however, the eclipse provides a shining opportunity to directly study how the sun influences weather patterns by heating the atmosphere. To that end, a team of researchers from Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska is going to spend Monday tracking changes in the atmosphere in the path of the eclipse. And to get just how the eclipse changes the weather in the low sky, the team will fly drones during the totality.
Drones will fly into the path of the eclipse to study weather

Why NASA is chasing the total solar eclipse with jets

NASA is preparing to study the total solar eclipse on Monday, 21 August, by chasing the path of totality with jet planes. By doing so, the space agency should be able to capture the clearest ever image of the sun’s outer atmosphere—its corona.

NASA: Three-mile-wide asteroid set to pass Earth

On September 1, an asteroid almost three miles wide will safely fly by Earth. The asteroid, named Florence, is one of the biggest near-Earth objects (NEOs) currently being tracked by NASA and will be the largest to pass us at a relatively close distance since the space agency began monitoring them 20 years ago.

Clouds on brown dwarfs move in mysterious ways

Brown dwarfs might have stripes of clouds moving at different speeds and directions in their atmospheres, according to a new model that tries to explain the weather on these mysterious bodies that are bigger than planets but smaller than stars.

The Human Carnage From Billionaires Trying to Carve Up the Planet to Build Their Empires Is Astounding

Charlottesville an American 'Guernica'?

On August 12, Charlottesville Daily Progress photographer Ryan M. Kelly captured the exact moment when Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counterprotesters, injuring 19 and killing one, Heather Heyer. Kelly’s photograph is the most enduring image to emerge from the weekend of “Unite the Right” circle jerks in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Germans see echoes of their struggle with history as they reflect on Charlottesville

For the past decade, the pupils of the Manfred von Ardenne school in Berlin have been visiting a local cemetery to tend the graves of victims of the Nazis.
By honoring those who died doing forced labor for Adolf Hitler’s regime and learning their stories, pupils gain a clearer, more visceral understanding of their country’s crimes 75 years ago.

Who really is General Pershing?

In the wake of a deadly attack in Barcelona Thursday, Dumbass Trump tweeted that General Pershing—referencing Army General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing—had the right idea when dealing with terrorists.
"Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!" Dumbass Trump tweeted.
While it was not 100 percent clear exactly what the president is referring to in the post, he has talked about Pershing ridding an area of terrorists in the past. And the claims he made about Pershing's tactics were widely debunked as false.

First, Troll And Disarm Fascists

Nonviolence works by diverting the oppressor into a series of moral confrontations that they cannot win, eventually defeating them in detail.

How to Fight Back After Charlottesville

Punching Nazis

Seattle local dumps hot coffee on ranting Alex Jones

He got better than he deserved!
Seattle local dumps hot coffee on ranting Alex Jones

‘My life is over’

"People have a right to know if their neighbor is a violent neo-Nazi just as much as they would if their neighbor was a violent sex offender."

‘Based Stickman’ faces a year in prison for beating counter-protesters with a baton

After becoming the “Based Stickman” meme for threatening anti-Trump protesters with a lead baton, alt-righter Kyle Chapman is facing serious jail time.

Nazi electrician fired after participating in Charlottesville white supremacist circle jerk

BUSTED: Neo-Nazi electrician fired after participating in Charlottesville white supremacist circle jerk

Arizona woman shocked when dog with swastika painted on its head arrives at her door

A Phoenix, AZ woman was shocked when her neighbors’ dog turned up at her door with a Nazi swastika painted on its head.
Phoenix’s KPNX said that the woman — who asked to go unnamed — was immediately seized with fear due to the fact that she is of Hispanic heritage and her adopted children are racially mixed.
Arizona woman shocked when dog with swastika painted on its head arrives at her door

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