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Today in History

Having captured Naples earlier in the year, Belisarius takes Rome.
The U.S. Senate approves the establishment of a committee that would become the Joint Committee on the Conduct of War.
Major General John G. Foster replaces Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside as Commander of the Department of Ohio.
The capital of Colorado Territory is moved from Golden to Denver.
P. B. S. Pinchback becomes the first African-American governor of Louisiana.
The Russian czar rejects Boer Paul Kruger’s pleas for aid in South Africa against the British.
A child labor bill passes in the German Reichstag, forbidding work for children under age 13.
The new Finnish Republic demands the withdrawal of Russian troops.
The British army seizes 1,000 Italians in a sudden thrust in Egypt.
Franklin D. Roosevelt tells Americans to plan for a long war.
The United States abandons a plan to de-concentrate industry in Japan.
The United Nations takes trusteeship over Jerusalem.
President Harry Truman bans U.S. exports to Communist China.
Harry Gold gets 30 years imprisonment for passing atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II.
Sugar Ray Robinson knocks out Carl Olson to regain the world middleweight boxing title.
The Laos government flees to Cambodia as the capital city of Vientiane is engulfed in war.
Lech Walesa is elected president of Poland.
U.S. Marines land in Somalia to ensure food and medicine reaches the deprived areas of that country.
Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is arrested on federal charges, including an attempt to sell the US Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

21 Things that Turned 21 in 2017

John Green looks back 21 years to the year 1996. If you are shocked that you recall those things, congratulations- you've achieved adulthood. You'll have moments like that to make you feel old for the rest of your life. This retrospective is from the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show.

Ada Blackjack, the Forgotten Sole Survivor of an Odd Arctic Expedition

Ada Blackjack was an Alaskan Inupiat woman who signed on for a year working as a seamstress for an expedition to Wrangel Island, in the Arctic Ocean near Siberia. She was the sole woman in the 1921 expedition that included four men and a cat named Vic.
The expedition, organized by the charismatic Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, was at best an ill-conceived venture; at worst, it was a willfully negligent act of astonishing hubris. Using the pull of his celebrity as a seasoned explorer, Stefansson assembled a team of four starstruck young men—Allan Crawford, 20, Lorne Knight, 28, Fred Maurer, 28, and Milton Galle, 19—to claim Wrangel Island for the British Empire—even though Britain had never shown the slightest interest in wanting it. Though Stefansson picked the team and funded the mission, he never had any intention of joining the party himself and sent his woefully inexperienced team north with only six months of supplies and hollow assurances that “the friendly Arctic” would provide ample game to augment their stores until a ship picked them up the following year.
That's not what happened. Two years later, when a rescue ship finally arrived, Blackjack and Vic were the only survivors of the expedition. She didn't know how to shoot or trap when she went to Wrangel Island, but she taught herself because she was determined to return to her young son. And she had kept a diary of her experiences. Read the story of Ada Blackjack at Atlas Obscura.

A Brief History of the 404 Error

Everyone who uses the internet has experienced the disappointment of reaching a 404 error, the page that explains that the page you are looking for it "not found." As internet use grew, so did the popularity of the common error we all made -or at least encountered. The code 404 became shorthand for anything that was missing, from car keys to prison escapees.
Not long after it appeared, the error code began to enjoy, or endure, its share of lore. In the early 2000s, the idea bubbled up that the 404 came from, well, room 404; that this room housed the web’s first servers, at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland); that World Wide Web inventor Tim ­Berners-Lee had his office there; that he frequently could not be found.
“Sigh,” wrote Robert Cailliau, a pioneer, with Berners-Lee, of the hypertext structure that led to the web. When asked for comment on the 404 error, he seemed less than thrilled to be approached with what he called “trivia.” Cailliau was adamant that the mythology is hogwash.
The truth is much more mundane, but we latched onto the magic of the 404 error anyway. An article at Wired explains, although it's more of a love letter to the page that both disappoints and fascinates us.

Easing the brain’s hunger pangs

Easing the brain’s hunger pangs
When you’re hungry, the impulse to eat can be hard to ignore. There’s even a Snickers commercial about it—people just don’t feel like themselves...

The surprising catholic roots behind the so-called 'war on Xmas'

While the “War on Xmas” has become a reliable wingnut evangelical culture-war issue, its originators, at least in it’s modern incarnation, were two wingnut catholics: Fox 'News'’ Bill O’Reilly and culture-war crank Bill Donohue of the catholic league.

Hero John Lewis Refuses To Attend Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening

Hero John Lewis Refuses To Attend Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening Because Dumbass Trump Will Be There
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made a loud statement against Dumbass Trump's racism by announcing that he will not attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum because Dumbass Trump will be there.…

A white family adopted a black baby girl in the early 60’s and sent her back

A new story follows a white family who sent their adopted black baby back after discovering her race — and the heartwarming way she and their second, white adopted daughter came together.

After Progressive Uproar, MSNBC Offers To Re-Hire Sam Seder

The 5 Most Shocking Things About How Weinstein Got Away With It

Australia lawmakers approve same-sex marriage

Gay couples will be able to legally marry in Australia after a same-sex marriage bill sailed through parliament Thursday, ending decades of political wrangling.
There were loud cheers, hugs and sustained clapping in the 150-seat lower House of Representatives when all but four MPs voted in support of marriage equality, after the upper house Senate passed the bill 43-12 last week.

'Christian' couple weasels out of vow to get divorced if same-sex marriage became legal in Australia

An Australian 'christian' couple that vowed to get divorced if the country voted to legalize same-sex marriage is now backing down from their threat.
News.com.au reports that 'christian' couple Nick and Sarah Jensen have been hedging on their pledge to divorce in the wake of same-sex marriage becoming legal in Australia.
In a statement sent to the publication, the Nick Jensen now say that their “divorce” is only metaphorical, not literal.

Anti-gay bar patrons leave bigoted message for their waiter — and the restaurant fired him

A waiter at a chain sports bar in North Carolina shared a photo of a homophobic message he got on a receipt from customers he waited on — and then got fired for doing so.

White woman may escape charges for hitting cop at football game if she writes apology letter

A white woman who slapped a police officer during an altercation at a college football game could get charges filed against her dropped if she writes the officer a letter of apology.
The Miami Herald reports that 30-year-old Bridget Freitas, who was caught on video slapping a black police officer in the head as he was removing her from a University of Miami football game last month, may not have to face charges of disorderly conduct and battery on a law enforcement officer as long as she writes an apology letter and serves 50 hours of community service.

Cop Finally Gets His Due

In America, we have been having a conversation about police brutality against black Americans. Despite the countless black people murdered unjustly by...

US gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex abuse investigation, local media reported.

Women attack Florida man after girlfriend finds video of him molesting friend’s 9-year-old daughter

Police in Lake City, FL were called to break up a disturbance at a McDonald’s restaurant on Tuesday that at first appeared to be two women fighting a man about a computer tablet.
However, according to The Root, upon interviewing the individuals involved in the fight, it was determined that one of the women had found video of the man — 54-year-old George Avery — molesting the other woman’s 9-year-old daughter.

Rarity Can Be Key to Survival, Not Just Extinction

Rarity Can Be Key to Survival, Not Just Extinction
When most people think of rare species, they think of endangered ones that humans have caused to be rare through habitat loss, poaching, climate...

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