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Today in History

331BC Alexander the Great decisively shatters King Darius III’s Persian army at Gaugamela (Arbela), in a tactical masterstroke that leaves him master of the Persian Empire.
1791 In Paris, the National Legislative Assembly holds its first meeting.
The Russian army under Ivan Paskevich storms Yerevan, ending a millennium of Muslim domination of Armenia. For his victory in the Russo-Persian War, Paskevich will be made Count of Yerevan in 1828.
1847 Maria Mitchell, an American astronomer, discovers a comet and is elected the same day to the American Academy of Arts—the first woman to be so honored. The King of Denmark will award her a gold medal for her discovery.
1864 The Condor, a British blockade-runner, is grounded near Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
1878 General Lew Wallace is sworn in as governor of New Mexico Territory. He goes on to deal with the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid and write Ben-Hur. His Civil War heroics earned him the moniker Savior of Cincinnati.
1908 The Ford Model T, the first car for millions of Americans, hits the market. Over 15 million Model Ts are eventually sold, all of them black.
Arab forces under T. E. Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” capture Damascus.
After a one-month Siege of Warsaw, hostile Nazi forces enter Poland’s capital city.
1942 The German Army grinds to a complete halt within the city of Stalingrad.
1943 British troops in Italy enter Naples and occupy Foggia airfield.
1944 The U.S. First Army begins the siege of Aachen, Germany.
1946 Eleven Nazi war criminals are sentenced to be hanged at Nuremberg trials—Hermann Goring, Alfred Jodl, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Fritz Sauckel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Julius Streicher, and Alfred Rosenberg.
1947 The first flight of an F-86 Sabre jet fighter, which would win fame in the Korean War takes place.
1949 Mao Zedong establishes the People’s Republic of China.
1957 “In God We Trust” appears on US paper currency as an act to distinguish the US from the officially atheist USSR; the motto had appeared on coins at various times since 1864.
1961 The Federal Republic of Cameroon is formed by the merger of East and West Cameroon.
1974 Five Nixon aides–Kenneth Parkinson, Robert Mardian, Nixon’s Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell–go on trial for conspiring to hinder the Watergate investigation.
1979 The US returns sovereignty of the Panama Canal to Panama.
1991 The Siege of Dubrovnik begins in the Croatian War of Independence.

Pregnant anchor refuses to let her water breaking live on air stop her from reporting the news

A pregnant news anchor was reporting live on the air when her baby decided it was the perfect time to enter the world.
Natalie Pasquarella of News 4 New York was helping report on Twitter’s updated character limit when she let out a nervous giggle. Pasquarella then flawlessly continued with her comment on the story, though her co-workers later revealed that her water broke in that moment.

How to Lose Friends and Online Dates

These Spices Will Make Every Dinner You Cook Way More Flavorful

Spices to make dinner taste better
These 5 Spices Will Make Every Dinner You Cook Way More Flavorful
You can do better than plain old salt and pepper.

Crazy Side Effects Of The Paleo Diet You Should Know About

Paleo diet side effects

Warning Signs That Reveal the Dark Side of 'Clean Eating'

Reasons Why We Are Addicted to Smartphones

Marijuana Is Now a Driving Engine of the American Economy

The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted.

Link Dump

How Not to Avoid a Murder Charge

Reverend Jacob S. Harden was only 22 years old and trying to establish himself as the pastor in Andersontown, New Jersey. He had married Louisa Dorland under pressure from her parents and rumors about him that Harden suspected they started. It was not a happy marriage, and they weren't even living together. But Louisa visited her husband at a parishoner's home where he was staying, and there died after a short illness. An autopsy revealed she had ingested arsenic, and suspicion turned to the young pastor. So he fled.
In March 1859, the coroner’s jury indicted Jacob Harden for the murder of his wife, but he was still at large. A month later there was still no sign of Hardin until the editor of the Warren Journal received a subscription request that caught his attention. A man named James Austin in Fairmount, a small village near Wheeling in what was then western Virginia, requested a subscription to the paper as he was “… very anxious to learn whether Jacob S. Harden had been indicted for the murder of his wife at the approaching term of court.” The editor was immediately suspicious and sent a copy of Harden’s photograph, along with a copy of the governor’s proclamation offering $500 for his arrest to the police in Wheeling. Before long Jacob Harden was in custody and on his way back to New Jersey.
One wonders if Harden was subconsciously asking to be found. You can read the case of the pastor who murdered his wife at Murder by Gaslight.

Iowa mom jailed after leaving kids for European jaunt

An Iowa mother who left her four young children alone to go on an 11-day European trip was jailed on child endangerment charges, authorities said on Friday.
Erin Lee Macke, 30, traveled from Johnston, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines, to Germany on Sept. 20 without arranging child care for her children, two aged 12 and the others 6 and 7, Johnson police said. The children also had access to a gun in the house.
“The police have seen times when people have left their children to go somewhere, but to go to another country is completely different,” said Janet Wilwerding, a spokeswoman for the city of 22,000.
The news attracted headlines in England, where the Daily Mail newspaper called Macke “America’s worst mom,” as well as comments on Macke’s Facebook page.
Police on Sept. 21 discovered the children at the house, notified child protective services and then called Macke in Germany, ordering her to return. She had planned to return on Sunday.

Wisconsin teen in Slenderman stabbing case agrees to plead guilty

One of two Wisconsin girls who said they stabbed a classmate to satisfy the fictitious horror character Slenderman agreed on Friday to plead guilty to avoid prison time, court documents showed.
Morgan Geyser’s official plea hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5 after an agreement was reached on the charge of attempted first-degree homicide, the documents showed.
Geyser, 15, will not be held criminally liable and instead remain at the state mental hospital where she has been getting treatment for about two years, according to Donna Kuchler, an attorney for Geyser.
The court plans to order further mental health evaluations.
“The results of those evaluations will help determine her placement,” Kuchler said in an email. “She has made incredible strides and is being properly medicated.”
The Waukesha County Circuit Courts jury on Sept. 15 found the other suspect, Anissa Weier, 15, was mentally ill during the May 2014 stabbing and was not responsible for her actions. Weier was sent to a state mental hospital, where she can seek a conditional release in July 2020, local media reported.
Geyser and Weier were charged with attempted first-degree homicide for the attack after a sleepover with their classmate in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb. All three girls were 12 at the time.
Weier and Geyser lured the victim into the woods and stabbed her 19 times with a kitchen knife to impress Slenderman, a tall, thin, creepy fictional bogeyman they insisted was real, according to a criminal complaint.
The character originated in 2009 as a meme, or a virally transmitted cultural symbol, in an online forum.
The victim survived the attack.

Racism Is Still Embedded in American School Curricula

White supremacist has history of stupid failed crimes

Michael Todd Birkl, a man who’s been charged for leaving a KKK-referencing note on the door of a predominantly black cult in Virginia weeks after Charlottesville, has a long history of failed crimes dating back more than 20 years.

White Nationalists Terrorize Houston Book Fair

Trio of white Texas brothers accused of luring black teen to meeting and shooting him dead

The brothers are expected to be arraigned on charges of capital murder in Olesko’s death, which took place on Sep. 18 when he was fatally shot in the chest in front of a residence.

Little Owl Complains Whenever The Petting Stops

There's a bunny in Japan who won't let their human stop petting them, and he throws a tantrum when the stroking stops, which apparently isn't an uncommon rabbit behavior.But as far as I know most owls don't care much for physical interaction with humans, so they certainly don't strike me as the type of animal sitting around waiting to be stroked by some human.
However Nicha, the cute little pet owl in this video, is both a fan of people and petting, and she complains loudly every time her human stops scratching her cute little head.

Animal Pictures