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Today in History

Zangi of the Near East is murdered. The Sultan Nur ad-Din, his son, pursues the conquest of Edessa.
Dante Alighieri dies of malaria just hours after finishing writing Paradiso.
Henry VIII‘s forces take Boulogne, France.
Russian forces under Aleksandr Suvorov successfully storm a Turkish fort at Hirsov, Turkey.
Louis XVI swears his allegiance to the French constitution.
Napoleon Bonaparte‘s invasion of Russia reaches its climax as his Grande Armee enters Moscow–only to find the enemy capital deserted and burning, set afire by the few Russians who remained.
Francis Scott Key writes the words to the “Star Spangled Banner” as he waits aboard a British launch in Chesapeake Bay for the outcome of the British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
U.S. forces under Gen. Winfield Scott capture Mexico City, virtually bringing the two-year Mexican War to a close.
The Allies land at Eupatoria on the west coast of Crimea.
At the battles of South Mountain and Crampton’s Gap, Maryland Union troops smash into the Confederates as they close in on what will become the Antietam battleground.
Vice President Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the 26th President of the United States upon the death of William McKinley, who was shot eight days earlier.
Russian Premier Pyotr Stolypin is mortally wounded in an assassination attempt at the Kiev opera house.
German troops abandon the Salerno front in Italy..
Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia form OPEC.
Operation Attleboro, designed as a training exercise for American troops, becomes a month-long struggle against the Viet Cong.
Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first native-born American saint in the Roman Catholic Church.
Nur Muhammad Taraki, president and former prime minister of Afghanistan, is assassinated in a coup in which prime minister Hafizullah Amin seizes power.
Bachir Gemayel, president-elect of Lebanon, is killed along with 26 others in a bomb blast in Beirut.
Joe Kittinger, a former USAF fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, becomes the first person to pilot a gas balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Major League Baseball players strike over a salary cap and other proposed changes, forcing the cancellation of the entire postseason and the World Series.
Northern Rock Bank suffers the UK’s first bank run in 150 years.

American Foods Tourists Are Most Excited to Try

When you visit another country, you want to try the local cuisine in order to really get a feel for the culture, but to the people in those countries, the food is just an every day reality. People from other countries feel the same way about your culture's food as well. So have you ever considered what tourists visiting America feel like they just have to try? They you have to check out this Reddit thread on the subject. Just as a spoiler, some of the most common responses are corn dogs, Thanksgiving foods and Creole cuisine.See all the delicious (and sometimes odd cravings) at Reddit.

The Closest Address Twins

Address twins are two houses, or businesses, that have the exact same street address. Of course, most address twins are in different towns, but not always. The older a city is, the more likely there is some weird history which can lead to more than one street having the same name.
Paul Plowman admits he has a "bizarre interest in all things address-based," and he became interested in finding out which address twins were closest to each other. He used the resources that were available, and astonishingly, found quite a few address twins within a kilometer of each other. The two homes in the picture are both at 2 George Street, Accrington, Lancashire, UK. They are only 235 meters (about a sixth of a mile) apart. They have different postal codes, but that probably doesn't help a pizza delivery driver. Still, that wasn't the closest address twins he found. Two houses with the same street address in different towns were actually closer to each other! Read the saga of how Plowman found them at The Unusually Named Blog.

When Europeans Killed Others to Kill Themselves

Once upon a time in Denmark, some people wanted to commit suicide, so they murdered someone. They did the deed knowing that they would pay for their crime by execution. No, that doesn't make sense at all to us. People today tend to think of murder as a greater crime than suicide, although both are tragic, and a scheme to put them together is akin to double murder. But around the 18th century, it was a rational way to avoid eternal damnation, if you took the Lutheran church's teachings literally. The "loophole" went like this:
At the time, a common religious belief held that “if you took your life, you had absolutely no chance of going to heaven,” says Jeffrey Watt, a history professor at the University of Mississippi. But if you killed someone else, you could repent before the execution and have your sins pardoned, he adds, shedding light on the murderous intent. Essentially, you’d have a better shot at getting past the pearly gates if you killed someone else rather than yourself. And children were the preferred victims because they were more easily dispatched, and because folks believed that their young, innocent souls were more likely to make it to heaven, Watt explains.
Horrifying. The government of Denmark was on to these suicide-murders, but took some time and wrong turns to figure out how to stop them. Read about suicide-murders at Ozy.

1,000-year-old Viking sword discovered in Norwegian mountains

A reindeer hunter in the mountains of southern Norway stumbled upon a Viking sword that has survived exposure to the elements for more than 1,000 years.
Einar Åmbakk found the sword because half of its blade was sticking up between stones, according to the council of Oppland County, where the hunter made his discovery. “He had seen the blade and pulled it out,” Lars Pilø, an archaeologist for the Oppland County Council, said in a post on the county’s website for its Glacier Archaeology Program, called Secrets of the Ice. “Only then did he understand that he had found a sword.”

Mummies and treasures 3,500 years old discovered in Egypt

Archeologists in Egypt have uncovered the ancient tomb of a royal goldsmith and jeweller containing mummies, believed to be his family members, and treasure more than three millennia old.

Cruel Moves Made by Local Governments Against the Poor

Nashville Woman Shot Homeless Man Who Asked Her to Move Her Porsche

An aspiring country singer from Texas has been charged with the attempted murder of a homeless Tennessee man who asked her to move her Porsche. Police say 26-year-old Katie Quackenbush shot Gerald Melton, 54.
Melton asked Quackenbush to move the SUV because its exhaust fumes and loud music were impairing his ability to sleep. 
She has a history  of violence ...
She was previously arrested on assault charges

Indiana cop suspended after punching handcuffed suspect in the crotch

A police officer in Evansville, Indiana, has been given a five-day suspension without pay after body camera footage showed him punching a handcuffed suspect in the crotch.

Family of Australian woman fatally shot wants Minnesota cop charged

The family of an Australian woman who was fatally shot wants the Minneapolis policeman involved charged, their attorney said on Tuesday, the same day investigators sent the evidence collected to the local prosecutor.
State investigators did not release their findings in the July 15 shooting of Sydney native Justine Damond, 40, who died from a single gunshot fired by Officer Mohamed Noor. The policeman was in a patrol car with Officer Matthew Harrity.
Damond had called police about a possible sexual assault near her house and had approached the police after their arrival, authorities previously said. Damond was living in Minneapolis and engaged to be married.
The shooting sparked outrage in Minnesota as well as in Australia, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the incident “shocking” and “inexplicable.” Minneapolis’ police chief resigned after city officials said procedures had been violated during the incident and Damond “didn’t have to die.”

Reddit ban on white nationalist, fat-shaming channels led to dramatic drop in hate speech

As one of the largest and best known web forums, Reddit has become a sanctuary for people with all sorts of unsavory views, including white nationalists and the so-called "alt-right." But the platform where a section of users have proliferated anti-Semitic memes and creepshots has taken action to clean up some of the hate speech by closing down several subreddits or, and it is working, according to a new study.

InfoWars 'hero' who ‘turned his dog into a Nazi’ on trial for committing a hate crime

A man who recorded and uploaded a “joke” video of his girlfriend’s dog ‘heiling’ Adolf Hitler is being tried for a hate crime.

'You want to eat some dog?'

A woman was caught on video going on a obscenity-fueled racist tirade at an Asian shopkeeper after accusing him of giving her fake money during a transaction.

Michigan business closed after owner slurs fellow Lions fans

A Detroit business was inexplicably closed Monday after its owner used a racial slur against two fellow Lions fans who declined to stand for the national anthem.

N.J. trooper admits sharing 'intimate photos' of women he pulled over

A New Jersey state trooper admitted on Monday that he pulled over women on state highways to ask them out and tampered with police records to cover it up, authorities said.
Marquice Prather, 38, pleaded guilty to charges of invasion of privacy and evidence and records tampering in front of Judge Benjamin S. Bucca in Middlesex County.

‘Fight Club’ pastor arrested on forcible touching charges

The “Fight Club” pastor has been charged with forcibly touching two women in a sexual way.

Utah teacher suspended for sex quiz

A Utah high school teacher has been suspended by school administrators for asking students to take a graded quiz on sexual preferences and drug use.

Seattle Mayor resigns after fifth man pins sex abuse allegations on him

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday after his younger cousin publicly accused him of of sexual abuse—the fifth man to allege inappropriate sexual conduct

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