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Today in History

439 The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa.
1216 King John of England dies at Newark and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.
1448 The Ottoman Sultan Murat II defeats Hungarian General Janos Hunyadi at Kosovo, Serbia.
1466 The peace of Torun ends the war between the Teutonic knights and their own disaffected subjects in Prussia.
1739 England declares war on Spain over borderlines in Florida. The war is known as the War of Jenkins’ Ear because the Spanish coast guards cut off the ear of British seaman Robert Jenkins.
1781 Major General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington and Count de Rochambeau at Yorktown, Va. Cornwallis surrenders 7,157 troops, including sick and wounded, and 840 sailors, along with 244 artillery pieces. Losses in this battle had been light on both sides. The Revolutionary War is effectively ended.
1812 Napoleon Bonaparte begins his retreat from Moscow.
1848 John “The Pathfinder” Fremont moves out from near Westport, Missouri, on his fourth Western expedition–a failed attempt to open a trail across the Rocky Mountains along the 38th parallel.
The Union Army under Major General Philip Sheridan destroys a Confederate Army under Lieutenant General Jubal Early at the Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The battle effectively ends the final Confederate invasion of the North.
1873 Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Rutgers universities draft the first code of football rules.
1914 The German cruiser Emden captures her thirteenth Allied merchant ship in 24 days.
1917 The first doughnut is fried by Salvation Army volunteer women for American troops in France during World War I.
1942 The Japanese submarine I-36 launches a floatplane for a reconnaissance flight over Pearl Harbor. The pilot and crew report on the ships in the harbor, after which the aircraft is lost at sea.
1949 The People’s Republic of China is formally proclaimed.
1950 The North Korean capital of Pyongyang is captured by U.N. troops.
1954 Egypt and Britain conclude a pact on the Suez Canal, ending 72 years of British military occupation. Britain agrees to withdraw its 80,000-man force within 20 months, and Egypt agrees to maintain freedom of canal navigation.
1960 Canada and the United States agree to undertake a joint Columbia River project to provide hydroelectric power and flood control.
1973 President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court demand to turn over the Watergate tapes.
1987 In retaliation for Iranian attacks on ships in the Persian Gulf, the U. S. navy disables three of Iran’s offshore oil platforms.
1988 The British government bans TV and radio interviews with members of the Irish political group Sinn Fein and 11 paramilitary groups.
1989 The 1975 conviction of the Guildford Four is overturned by British courts; the 4 men had been convicted in the 1974 Guildford pub bombings.
2003 Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II for her work among “the poorest of the poor” in India.
2005 Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s trial for crimes against humanity begins in Baghdad.

Why Mata Hari Wasn't a Cunning Spy After All

Margaretha Zelle was a Dutch woman who became the exotic dancer Mata Hari after she lived in the Dutch East Indies with her first husband. She became a sensation in Europe, grew fabulously wealthy, and charmed many lovers in the early 20th century.
As Mata Hari aged and her dancing career began to wind down, she was still in demand as a courtesan and enjoyed the company of rich and powerful men. The outbreak of World War I in 1914 did not alter her extravagance. She seemed not to grasp that ordinary people resented her ostentatious lifestyle while French families were doing without basics: coal, clothing, and foodstuffs. They were sending their fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons to be killed in the war while she continued to live in comfort and plenty.
Mata Hari continued to travel, which brought her to the attention of the counterespionage world. The fall of 1915 found her in The Hague, where the exotic dancer was paid a visit by Karl Kroemer, the honorary German consul of Amsterdam. He offered her 20,000 francs—equivalent to $61,000 in today’s currency—to spy for Germany. She accepted the funds, which she viewed as repayment for her furs, jewels, and money the Germans had seized when war broke out. Even so, she did not accept the job.
So Mata Hari was paid to be a German spy, but never spied for them. Later, she was recruited to spy for the French, but was never paid, nor was her efforts taken seriously. It was the French military that arrested and convicted her for spying for the Germans. An article at National Geographic explains how Mata Hari's trial was more about her immoral lifestyle than her actual crimes.

Energy Cooperatives Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Every single Wi-Fi router vulnerable to hackers

Cyber security watchdogs and researchers are issuing warnings over risks associated with a widely used system for securing Wi-Fi communications after the discovery of a flaw that could allow hackers to read information thought to be encrypted, or infect websites with malware.

Corporate 'Speech' Turns Citizens into Manic Consumers and Endangers Civil Society

Big Food Is Starting to Worry About Millennial Generation

New Jersey Students Walk Out After Teacher Instructs Them to 'Speak American'

Drunk passenger urinates on United flight -- airline forces neighbor to sit in soaked seat

United Airlines is being sued by a man who claims his drunk seatmate urinated during the flight — and that the carrier made him sit in the soaked seat for the remainder of the trip, according to a lawsuit filed in a New Jersey court Wednesday.

Texas juvenile justice staffer arrested after stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas

Everything’s big in Texas—including this alleged theft: $1.2 million worth of fajitas over the past nine years.
An employee from the Cameron County Justice Department in San Benito, a city about 10 miles north of the U.S. Mexico border, allegedly stole shipments of fajitas, District Attorney Luis Saenz told The Brownsville Herald.

The Nazi plan to kill the disabled

Between 1939 and 1945, hundreds of thousands of Europeans with disabilities were brutally exterminated by the Nazis but America did not respond. This raises many distressing questions: when did the American government become aware of these atrocities? If America could have intervened to save lives, why was this not done? And which persons, or groups of persons, were responsible for the American failure to act?

Most Offensive Costume of the Halloween Season

Man In ‘I Stand For The National Anthem’ Shirt Thinks American Flag Is A Lawn Chair

The ‘respect the flag’ crowd really is something, huh?

Cincinnati man terrorized and then murdered black man for dating ex-girlfriend

“Earl Jones didn’t want a black man raising his son so he drove to the house where his ex-girlfriend and Kevin lived and shot Kevin in the back.”

White man charged with hate crime in black Army officer's murder in Maryland

A white man was indicted on a hate crime charge on Tuesday in the stabbing death of a newly commissioned black U.S. Army officer on the University of Maryland campus in May, a county prosecutor said.

Giggling Utah cheerleaders scream ‘fuck niggers’ in widely shared Instagram video

Giggling Utah cheerleaders scream ‘fuck niggers’ in widely shared Instagram video

FBI Targets 'Black Identity Extremists' Despite Surge in White Supremacist Violence

Debunking Dumbass Trump's Favorite Economist

Why Dumbass Trump Is So Furiously 'Jealous' of President Obama

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