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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Today in History

Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Santo Domingo in search of gold.
The majority of Napoleon Bonaparte‘s Grand ArmeĆ© staggers into Vilna, Lithuania, ending the failed Russian campaign.
Union General George G. Meade leads a foraging expedition to Gunnell’s farm near Dranesville, Virginia.
Lincoln orders the hanging of 39 of the 303 convicted Indians who participated in the Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. They are to be hanged on December 26.
The monitor Weehawken sinks in the Charleston Harbor.
The 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery.
Jack McCall is convicted for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok and sentenced to hang.
Thomas A. Edison makes the first sound recording when he recites “Mary had a Little Lamb” into his phonograph machine.
Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge flies a powered, man-carrying kite that carries him 168 feet in the air for seven minutes at Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
The Bolsheviks imprison Czar Nicholas II and his family in Tobolsk.
Ireland’s 26 southern counties become independent from Britain forming the Irish Free State.
Benito Mussolini threatens Italian newspapers with censorship if they keep reporting “false” information.
American Ambassador Davis says Japan is a grave security threat in the Pacific.
France and Germany sign a treaty of friendship.
Britain agrees to send arms to Finland, which is fighting off a Soviet invasion.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues a personal appeal to Emperor Hirohito to use his influence to avoid war.
The United States extends a $3 billion loan to Great Britain to help compensate for the termination of the Lend-Lease agreement.
Florida’s Everglades National Park is established.
The “Pumpkin Spy Papers” are found on the Maryland farm of Whittaker Chambers. They become evidence that State Department employee Alger Hiss is spying for the Soviet Union.
 Vanguard TV3 explodes on the launchpad, thwarting the first US attempt to launch a satellite into Earth’s orbit.
Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the US.
Hells Angels, hired to provide security at a Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway in California, beat to death concert-goer Meredith Hunter.
Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India after New Delhi recognizes the state of Bangladesh.
The US House of Representatives confirms Gerald Ford as Vice-President of the United States, 387–35.
A Provisional IRA unit takes a couple hostage in Balcombe Street, London, and a 6-day siege begins.
Democrat Tip O’Neill is elected speaker of the House of Representatives. He will serve the longest consecutive term as speaker.
The Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, India, is destroyed during a riot that started as a political protest.
NASA reveals photographs from Mars Global Surveyor that suggest the presence of water on the red planet.

HIV can be prevented from turning infectious

A new study had found a way to prevent HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) from developing into an infectious agent. The virus, responsible for AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) caused the death of more than 35 million people across the globe so far and continues to run largely unabated once it infects someone.

California teen admits to molesting 50 children

A California teenager charged with sexually assaulting two young boys, admitted to molesting as many as 50 children over the past eight years in the state, according to police.

Bullies continue mocking teen girl on life support after suicide attempt

Rosalie Avila’s parents took the 13-year-old off life support Monday morning, after she hung herself last week over the abuse she suffered at school in Calimesa, reported KCAL-TV.
“My whole world just came crumbling down,” said her mother, Charlene Avila. “As a mom, I’m still asking myself, like, ‘What went wrong?’ I don’t know.”
The eighth-grader at left a suicide note apologizing for her action.
“Sorry, Mom and Dad. I love you,” she wrote. “Sorry, Mom, you’re gonna find me like this.”
Her parents turned over a journal to police that described the bullying she faced from classmates.
“They told me I was ugly today,” she wrote. “They were making fun of me today about my teeth.”
The bullying didn’t stop after Rosalie attempted suicide.
Her parents received a message on social media that showed a photo of Rosalie captioned, “Hey mom. Next time don’t tuck me in this,” showing a bed. “Tuck me in THIS,” the caption read, with an arrow pointing to a grave.
Rosalie’s parents said the school district failed to adequately address the bullying.
“I did everything I’m supposed to do as a father, and these people did not respond, because those bullies are still at the school,” Freddie Avila said. “They’re still there, and my daughter’s gone.”

Astrophysicist secretly infiltrated the Flat Earth Society

Watch an astrophysicist explain what happened when he secretly infiltrated the Flat Earth Society

When should you unfriend someone on Facebook

The nature and ethics of “fake news” has become a subject of widespread concern. But, for many of us, the issue is much more personal: What are we to do when a cranky uncle or an otherwise pleasant old friend persists in populating our news feeds with a stream of posts that can run deeply contrary to our own values?

Net Neutrality RIP

The Wingnut's War on Learning

The wingnut tax scam bill will make Americans less healthy

The new tax scam bill, passed by the Senate early Saturday, is not just about taxes. It has significant consequences for the American health care system – especially for the most vulnerable of our citizens.

‘Go back where they came from’

Racist Iowa radio announcer’s racist commentary at high school basketball game goes viral: ‘Go back where they came from’

Man arrested for drawing mass shooting scene on student's homework

A man from Florida was arrested Friday because he reportedly drew a disturbing and threatening picture on an elementary school student’s homework. The drawing showed a schoolhouse on fire as a man shoots with his gun.

Antifa Counter-Protesters Overwhelm Nazi Circle Jerk at the White House

‘You going to go gangster on me?’

Police in Portland Oregon on Monday arrested white patron of the Mystic Gentlemen’s for pulling out a gun in the strip club parking lot last Wednesday and firing nine rounds.

Kansas official goes off on bizarre racist rant during holiday calendar discussion

A Leavenworth County official went off on a bizarre racist rant during a debate about the holiday schedule during a County Commission meeting last week.

Teen arsonist who torched his girlfriend's house tried to blame a 'random black guy' for his crimes

A teenage arsonist who set fire to his girlfriend’s house tried to pin the blame on someone he identified as a “random black guy” when confronted by police.

Dumbass Trump Has Kept the Alt-Right Alive

Feminist-bashing alt-right agitator upset to learn her 'movement' is full of angry misogynistic men

“Ethno-nationalist” and anti-feminist YouTube vlogger Tara McCarthy took to Twitter to vent about the men in the alt-right movement — and appeared to come to the realization that they are, in fact, misogynists.

ICE Is Falsely Accusing Undocumented New Yorkers of Being Gang Members

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