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Today in History

George Washington, the adjutant of Virginia, delivers an ultimatum to the French forces at Fort Le Boeuf, south of Lake Erie, reiterating Britain’s claim to the entire Ohio River valley.
The British soldiers responsible for the “Boston Massacre” are acquitted on murder charges.
USS Cairo, one of the first ironclad warships built for the Union Navy at the beginning of the Civil War, sinks on the Yazoo River in Mississippi, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by a controlled mine.
Orders are given in Richmond, Virginia, that no more supplies from the Union should be received by Federal prisoners.
Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio transmission in St. John’s Newfoundland.
Communists forces seize Canton, China.
The Spanish Civil War begins as rebels take a border town.
The last Allied troops withdraw from the Saar region in Germany.
Under pressure from the Communists in Canton, Chiang Kai-shek resigns as president of the Nanking Government but remains the head of the Nationalist government that holds nominal rule over most of China.
The German Army launches Operation Winter Tempest, the relief of the Sixth Army trapped in Stalingrad.
The exiled Czech government signs a treaty with the Soviet Union for postwar cooperation.
The United Nations calls for immediate Soviet withdrawal from Hungary.
Kenya becomes a republic.
Three Buddhist leaders begin a hunger strike to protest the government in Saigon.
The United States ends the airlift of 6,500 men in Vietnam.
South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan, acting without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa, alleging that the chief of staff was involved in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung Hee.
Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashes after takeoff at Gander, Newfoundland; among the 256 dead are 236 members of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
The Russian Federation becomes independent from the USSR.
Willie Brown beats incumbent mayor Frank Jordon to become the first African-American mayor of San Francisco.
The US Supreme Court announces its decision in Bush v. Gore, effectively ending legal challenges to the results of that year’s presidential election.

This tweet from President Barack Obama was the most liked tweet of 2017

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..."
This tweet from President Barack Obama was the most liked tweet of 2017

First Sikh Woman Mayor in U.S. History Takes Office in California

First Sikh Woman Mayor in U.S. History Takes Office in California
Yuba City in California has elected the first Sikh woman mayor in United States history. Preet Didbal was sworn in last Tuesday. …

Houston quarterback has seizure after blow to the head

Amid concerns that U.S. football is dangerous to athletes and poses serious risks of concussion and brain damage, Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage appeared to undergo a brain injury on Sunday, then join the game again only minutes later.

Raw sewage, hookworm and civil rights

A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world.

Americans in Debt

The Urban Institute has an interactive map that shows how many Americans are in debt county-by-county. But not just "in debt," because that would be almost all of us. This shows the percentage of people whose debts have gone to collections.
Debt in collections includes past-due credit lines that have been closed and charged-off on their books as well as unpaid bills reported to the credit bureaus that the creditor is attempting to collect. For example, credit card accounts enter collections status once they are 180 days past due.
At the site, you can click on counties to get a breakdown of the percentage of people in collections, how much they owe, and what percentage owes medical debt.

How to support a friend who has depression this holiday season

At first it may be a reluctance to hang out. Gradually it turns into a disinterest in most things, and a newfound tendency, and then compulsion, to sleep. Eventually, you don’t even recognize your friend anymore. All that’s left is a person clearly in need of help, but who feels nothing — not even the desire to seek that help.

Climate change may give us tastier chocolate

Good news, chocolate-lovers: climate change may have a silver lining. In fact, it could make the delicious, sweet treat even tastier. According to a recent study, the type of weather that a cocoa tree is raised in can impact how the fermented seeds—the main ingredient in chocolate—taste.
Climate change may give us tastier chocolate

Carjacked Infant Found, Honey Biscuits Credited

Two parents were carrying laundry into a laundromat in Galveston, Texas, when a carjacker jumped in their vehicle and took off -with their baby in the back seat! The thief eventually realized the baby was in the car and left her and the car seat in a parking lot about ten blocks away. Stephen Ward found the 4-month-old and called police. The baby has been reunited with her parents, but the car and carjacker have not been found. Ward was reluctant to take full credit for finding the child.  
Ward said he credits his love for chicken and biscuits for leading him to the baby.
"The real hero hit here is Church's Chicken because if it wasn't for those honey biscuits I probably wouldn't have even gone down that way," he said. "I probably would've gone home."
Now, that's the way to get some free honey biscuits! Read the full story at KPTV.

After 15 sexual encounters with ghosts, this woman is swearing off men

A British woman with a bizarre sex life says that she’s swearing off living men, instead opting only for sexual encounters with those lingering in the afterlife — in short, ghosts.

A decade after alleged sex crimes against girls, a Disney music director is in serious trouble

A 58-year-old director of music publishing at Disney living in California is accused of sexual abuse of two underage girls dating back to around a decade ago, although it wasn’t specified exactly when the alleged incidents occurred.
A decade after alleged sex crimes against girls, a Disney music director is in serious trouble

‘Taxpayer money shouldn’t go to Klan members’

Earlier in the week, company employees were photographed carrying weapons.

Texas A&M football player arrested

A starting defensive lineman playing for Texas A&M’s football team was taken into custody early Sunday morning for reportedly pointing a rifle and threatening to kill classmates at a student housing complex.

Convicted serial killer writes letter saying there's more undiscovered dead bodies

A serial killer who has been convicted of taking the lives of 7 people says the actual body count is much higher than that.

Three arrested after masked youths attack synagogue in Sweden

Three people have been arrested after masked youths surrounded a synagogue in Gothenburg, Sweden, and hurled firebombs at it. The synagogue was hosting a youth event at the time, but no one was injured, Associated Press said. A Jewish cultural center next door to the synagogue was also attacked.
Three arrested after masked youths attack synagogue in Sweden

JPMorgan Chase Is Funding and Profiting From Private Immigration Prisons

AZ police bodycam video shows cops told drunk man to crawl toward them — then killed him when he failed

AZ police bodycam video shows cops told drunk man to crawl toward them — then killed him when he failed

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There are whales alive today that were born before Moby-Dick was written in 1851.

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