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Today in History

1777 At Germantown, Pa., British General Sir William Howe repels George Washington‘s last attempt to retake Philadelphia, compelling Washington to spend the winter at Valley Forge.
Napoleon Bonaparte rises to national prominence by suppressing armed counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the National Convention.He will change his surname to Bonaparte in 1796 following his first military victories.
The Ottoman Empire declares war on the Russian Empire. The Ottoman Empire declares war on the Russian Empire.
1861 The Union ship USS South Carolina captures two Confederate blockade runners outside of New Orleans, La.
1874 Kiowa leader Satanta, known as “the Orator of the Plains,” surrenders in Darlington, Texas. He is later sent to the state penitentiary, where he commits suicide on October 11, 1878.
1905 Orville Wright pilots the first flight longer than 30 minutes. The flight lasted 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covered 21 miles.
1914 The first German Zeppelin raids London.
1917 The Battle of Broodseinde takes place near Ypres, Flanders, as a part of the larger Battle of Passchendaele, between the British 2nd and 5th armies and the defenders of the German 4th Army; it is the most successful Allied attack of the Passchendaele offensive.
1927 Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting the heads of 4 US presidents on Mount Rushmore.
1940 Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Italy’s Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass.
1941 Willie Gillis Jr., a fictional everyman created by illustrator Norman Rockwell, makes his first appearance, on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post; a series of illustrations on several magazines’ covers would depict young Gillis throughout World War II.
1943 The US captures the Solomon Islands in the Pacific.
1957 Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, is launched, beginning the “space race.” The satellite, built by Valentin Glushko, weighed 184 pounds and was launched by a converted Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Sputnik orbited the earth every 96 minutes at a maximum height of 584 miles. In 1958, it reentered the earth’s atmosphere and burned up.
1963 Hurricane Flora storms through the Caribbean, killing 6,000 in Cuba and Haiti.
1965 Pope Paul VI arrives in New York, the first Pope ever to visit the US and the Western hemisphere.
1968 Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use their country for sanctuary.
1972 Judge John Sirica imposes a gag order on the Watergate break-in case.
1976 In Gregg v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court lifts the ban on the death sentence in murder cases. This restores the legality of capital punishment, which had not been practiced since 1967. The first execution following this ruling was of Gary Gilmore in 1977.
1985 The Free Software Foundation is founded to promote universal freedom to create, distribute and modify computer software.
1992 Mozambique’s 16-year civil war ends with the Rome General Peace Accords.
1993 Russia’s constitutional crisis over President Boris Yeltsin’s attempts to dissolve the legislature takes place: the army violently arrests civilian protesters occupying government buildings.
2004 SpaceShipOne, which had achieved the first privately funded human space flight on June 21, wins the Ansari X Prize for the first non-government organization to successfully launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space.

The Northernmost Places You Can Live

For most of us, the charm of cold weather can be enjoyed only because we know there will be an end to it next spring. But if you really hate fresh fruit and lawn mowing and swimming pools, if you prefer polar bears to penguins, there are places above the Arctic Circle you can go and live. And there are places even further north that you can't, unless you are assigned to duty there.
Half as Interesting gives us a short delightfully snarky tour of the world's most northern settlements and how you might want to join them. We also learn how to pronounce Thule.

The Mysterious Teenage Ghost That Haunted Taft's White House

There have been many tales of ghosts in the executive mansion in Washington, but the one that set the staff on edge during the Taft administration became the subject of a White House cover up. President Taft's personal assistant, Major Archie Butt, told the story to his sister-in-law in a letter, which is the only surviving written account of the ghost that terrified the household staff in 1911. This ghost made his presence known by touching people on the shoulder.
Several of the White House staff reported feeling this mysterious pressure on their shoulder, only to turn around to an empty room. Just one member of the household, though, said she actually saw the ghost. Marsh, First Lady Helen Taft’s personal maid, reported not just feeling the ghost leaning over her shoulder, but seeing the ethereal figure, whom she described as a young boy with light, unkempt hair and sad blue eyes. “Now who on Earth this can be,” Butt mused, “I cannot imagine.”
Taft responded to news of the spooky rumor with “towering rage,” Butt said, banning anyone in the house from speaking of the ghost under threat of firing. The president worried that the story would get out and the press would have a field day with the news. But his aide seemed to have a sense of humor about the whole situation. “I reminded him that the help was in such a state of mind that, if it was positively believed that the upper floor of the White House was haunted, the servants there could not be kept in their places by executive order,” Butt wrote.
Although Butt wasn't afraid of any ghost, he did investigate the reports. Read about "The Thing" that haunted the White House at Mental Floss.

SETI: We’ll find intelligent alien life within 20 years

A senior astronomer has said we will find intelligent alien life within the next 20 years.
Seth Shostak, from the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, was speaking to Futurism at the Worlds Fair Nano NY, a festival held in New York, when he “bet everybody a cup of coffee” that the existence of intelligent extraterrestrials will be confirmed within the next two decades.

Amazing Graphic Shows Why Cannabis Is a Medication Worth Legalizing

Physician licensing laws keep doctors from seeking care

Narrative journaling may help heart health post-divorce
Physician licensing laws keep doctors from seeking care
Despite growing problems with psychological distress, many physicians avoid seeking mental health treatment due to concern for their license. Mayo Clinic research shows that...

Greedy Ways Corporations Are Cheating America

A Canadian Couple Got in a Heated Custody Battle Over ..

Canadian couple fight over hockey tickets
A Canadian Couple Got in a Heated Custody Battle Over— Wait For It—Hockey Tickets
Edmonton Oilers season tickets were the subject of a massive divorce court dispute

Ugly Signs That Rapists Are Getting Their Rights Back

Kansas ‘Crusaders’ plotted to bomb Somali families in anti-Muslim attacks

Three Kansas men being held by federal authorities allegedly plotted to blow up a Muslim mosque and an apartment building predominantly occupied by Somali refugees.
According to WRAL, one member of a Kansas militia group wore a wire while members of a splinter group of the Kansas Security Force that called itself “the Crusaders” discussed the proposed attacks on Muslims in their community.
The three men were identified as Patrick Eugene Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen, with all three men facing charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights for the terrorist attack which was planned following the 2016 election.
According to the report, the men met in August of 2016 and planned the attack on a Garden City apartment complex and discussed how to create homemade bombs, while picking out various targets where Muslims congregated.
A Houston man reportedly slipped out of his parents’ house with two knives in his hands, leaving his 70-year-old mother’s decapitated body on the floor behind him.
Her head was "completely separated from her body," according to court records obtained by the Houston Chronicle. His father, wounded, ran to the neighbors for help.

There's a mass shooting almost every day in the United States

The horrifying events in Las Vegas on Sunday night mark the 273rd mass shooting in the U.S. in the 275 days that have passed so far in 2017, according to Gun Violence Archive. 
Mass shootings are a near daily occurrence in America, but what happened in Las Vegas stands out: It was the deadliest such incident in U.S. history, with more than 50 killed and 200 injured. 

So Few Americans Understand What the Second Amendment Is Really About

11 White Men Over 50 Who Have Committed Mass Murders in the Last Decade

NRA Terrorist Organization Remains Silent After Worst Mass Shooting In American History

NRA Terrorist Organization Remains Silent After Worst Mass Shooting In American History
It’s time to shut them down. Permanently.

Pushing A Dangerous Las Vegas Hoax

Las Vegas shooter often ‘berated’ his girlfriend in public

Stephen Paddock, the multi-millionaire real estate investor who killed 59 and wounded over 500 others, reportedly verbally abused his wife in public.

Giant Snail The Size Of A Small Cat

I'm surprised more people don't have pet snails in their home considering how cool SpongeBob's snail Gary is in the cartoons, but the lack of pet snails is probably due to the fact that most people don't like slimy pets.But the giant West African snail German insect breeder Adrian Kozakiewicz of Insecthaus shows off in this video looks like it would make a pretty cool pet, and even though it's the size of a small cat it doesn't make a peep.

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