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Today in History

Theodosius becomes the sole ruler of Italy after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the Frigidus.
Sultan Murat II ends a vain siege of Constantinople.
One of the five ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan’s trip around the world makes it back to Spain. Only 15 of the original 265 men that set out survived. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
Imperial troops defeat the Turks and take Belgrade, Serbia.
French General Jean Houchard and his 40,000 men begin a three-day battle against an Anglo-Hanoveraian army at Hondschoote, southwest Belgium, in the wars of the French Revolution.
Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves back into town, to Concord, Massachusetts.
Union General Ulysses S. Grant‘s forces capture Paducah, Kentucky from Confederate forces.
The last British troops to serve in Austria are withdrawn.
President William McKinley is shot while attending a reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, by 28-year-old anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley dies eight days later, the third American president assassinated.
The luxury liner Lusitania leaves London for New York on her maiden voyage.
The German Army begins a general retreat across the Aisne, with British troops in pursuit.
Aviator Beryl Markham flies the first east-to-west solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean.
The Soviet Union accuses Italy of torpedoing two Russian ships in the Mediterranean.
Germany announces that all Jews living in the country will have to begin wearing a Star of David.
The United States asks the Chinese Nationals to join with the Communists to present a common front to the Japanese.
The last American and Korean prisoners are exchanged in Operation Big Switch, the last official act of the Korean War.
Indian troops invade Lahore; Pakistan paratroopers raid Punjab.
The world learns an earlier announcement that all Israeli athletes taken hostage at the Munich Olympics had been rescued was erroneous; all had been killed by their captors from the Black September terrorist group; all but 3 terrorists also died in the shootout around midnight.
Lieutenant Viktor Belenko, a Soviet air force pilot defects, flying a MiG-25 jet fighter to Tokyo, Japan, requesting political asylum in the US.
Lee Roy Young becomes the first African-American Texas Ranger in the force’s 165-year history.
The USSR officially recognizes independence for the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Leningrad, the second-largest city in the USSR, is renamed Saint Petersburg, which had been the city’s name prior to 1924.
The Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a 56-year MLB record held by Lou Gehrig; in 2007 fans voted this achievement the most memorable moment in MLB history.
The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place: over 1 million people line London’s streets to honor her and 2.5 billion watch the event on TV.

Cardiac Arrest During Sex Is Deadlier Than Any Other Activity

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Why Cardiac Arrest During Sex Is Deadlier Than Any Other Activity
Survival rates are much lower if this heart issue happens when you're getting busy

Worthless Foods to Cut From Your Diet Right Now

‘I have blood all over me’

‘I have blood all over me’: Listen as aspiring pastor says cold medicine made him murder his wife

New York village mayor resigns after child pornography bust

The mayor Stillwater, New York has stepped down after he was arrested and booked for downloading child pornography.

California wingnut smears peaceful protesters as a ‘violent mob’

‘You brought race in here’

“I’m a black judge. I can take this black robe off, but I can’t take off this black skin. I live in west Montgomery. I live in the ’hood. Should I recuse myself from every criminal case that has happened on the west side?”

Georgia cop runs over black man — then arrests him

Georgia cop runs over black man after mistaking him for suspect — then arrests him

Coping With Dumbass Trump

Greed and Capitalism Aren't the Only Ways to Run Society

Heartless Landlords In Houston Demand Rent From Homeless Evacuees

Heartless Landlords In Houston Demand Rent From Homeless Evacuees
Talk about greed.

Why Are the Crucial Questions About Hurricane Harvey Not Being Asked?

EPA public affairs official given right to veto federal grants if they mention climate change

Konkus has already canceled close to $2 million awarded to universities and nonprofit organizations.

Things You Can Do To Fight Climate Change Right Now

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9 Things You Can Do To Fight Climate Change Right Now
Solving such a big problem starts on a small scale.

The Biggest Things Ever to be Transported by Sea

Modern ships can haul some extremely large cargo, such as oil rigs and ships (yes, ships on ships), but even ancient seafarers took challenges in what they could carry from one part of the world to the next. A post at Ship It looks at some of those challenges of the past and present. One story is about how a ship was built around an artifact called Cleopatra's Needle in order to ship it.
In 1819, Mohammad Ali, leader of Egypt and Sudan, presented the UK with a gift. In honour of Britan's success in the Battle of the Nile and the Battle of Alexandria, Ali kindly gave away a huge, carved Egyptian Obelisk. The UK was grateful, but couldn't cover the cost of shipping the ancient, 21 metre high, 224 tonne structure. In 1877, pioneering doctor Sir William James Erasmus Wilson agreed to pay for the obelisk to be brought to the UK. It was encased in iron, which was fitted with a rudder, a stern and masts. Cleopatra, as the vessel was dubbed, was essentially a bespoke ship made especially for the needle. On her way to the UK, Cleopatra, her crew and precious cargo almost perished in a storm in the Bay of Biscay. Thankfully, everyone made it home in one piece and Cleopatra's Needle remains a true London landmark.
Read more oversized shipping stories in the list here

7 Other Great Fires of London

In September of 1666, the city of London burned to the ground, leaving 80,000 people homeless. This became known as the Great Fire of London. Maybe that title was given to distinguish it from all the other great fires that leveled the city in its history. In fact, London has been destroyed by fire about a dozen times, beginning when the city was only about twenty years old.

After the death of her husband Prasutagus in the mid-1st century CE, lands that should rightfully have passed to the ancient British queen Boudicea and her daughters were instead claimed by the invading Roman Empire. Before then, Boadicea’s tribe, the Iceni, had been allied with the Romans, but the entire affair soured that relationship.
Enraged, Boudicea sacked the Roman city at modern Colchester and marched her army on towards London—or rather, to the newly founded Roman settlement of Londinium—and burned it to the ground. So total was Boadicea’s destruction of the city that archaeologists working the capital today can still identify a noticeable thin layer of red-brown oxidized ash on the site occupying the original settlement, and Roman coins melted together by the extreme heat have even been found along the muddy banks of the Thames.
The city was rebuilt, only to be leveled again and again by fire. Read about the destruction of six more London fires at Mental Floss. The last conflagration listed was in 1794, so we can assume that building codes and firefighting techniques are protecting the city from such widespread fire now. Knock wood.

Harvest Moon 2017

Shine on, shine on Harvest Moon, up in the sky… The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs the closest to the autumnal equinox. In 2017, the equinox falls almost exactly halfway between two full moons. The full moon on October 5 is officially the Harvest Moon, because it is slightly closer to the equinox on September 22 than the full moon of September 5-6.
However, in most respects, the September 2017 and October 2017 full moons can be regarded as Harvest Moon co-stars. By that we mean that both have the characteristics of a Harvest Moon. The primary Harvest Moon characteristic has to do with the moonrise. On the average, the moon rises some 50 minutes later with each passing day. Around the time of the full Harvest Moon, the lag time between successive moonrises is reduced to a yearly low.
In 2017, there’s no appreciable difference between the lag in moonrise times associated with September and October full moons. In both of these months, the moon rises a shorter-than-usual time after sunset for several evenings in a row, following the date of full moon.
There's a detailed explanation of why there's a difference in the lag in moonrise times, and how it makes the Harvest Moon seem bigger and brighter. I read it and thought, "But that's only in the Northern Hemisphere!" Well, duh. In the Southern Hemisphere, autumn, and the Harvest Moon, comes in March or April. Read more about what makes a Harvest Moon special, and why you should enjoy it in both September and October this year.

Ancient footprints in Crete challenge theory of human evolution

Researchers have discovered some 50 footprints at Trachilos in Crete that are nearly 6m-years-old. It looks like they may be from a hominin – a member of the human species after separation from the chimpanzee lineage.

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