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Monday, December 18, 2017

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Today in History

Afonso the Battler, the Christian King of Aragon captures Saragossa, Spain, causing a major blow to Muslim Spain.
Napoleon Bonaparte arrives in Paris after his disastrous campaign in Russia.
Nathan Bedford Forrest engages and defeats a Federal cavalry force near Lexington in his continued effort to disrupt supply lines.
Union General Ulysses S. Grant announces the organization of his army in the West. Sherman, Hurlbut, McPherson, and McClernand are to be corps commanders.
Slavery is abolished in the United States. The 13th Amendment is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution, ensuring that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
In a single night, about 20,000 Australian and New Zealand troops withdraw from Gallipoli, Turkey, undetected by the Turks defending the peninsula.
The Battle of Verdun ends with the French and Germans each having suffered more than 330,000 killed and wounded in 10 months. It was the longest engagement of World War I.
Soviet leaders Lev Kamenev and Grigori Zinoviev break with Joseph Stalin.
Adolf Hitler issues his secret plans for the invasion of the Soviet Union–Operation Barbarossa.
Defended by 610 fighting men, the American-held island of Guam falls to more than 5,000 Japanese invaders in a three-hour battle.
Japan invades Hong Kong.
Adolf Hitler meets with Benito Mussolini and Pierre Laval.
Japanese forces are repelled from northern Burma by British troops.
North Koreans give the United Nations a list of 3,100 POWs.
Japan is admitted to the United Nations.
A rightist government is installed under Prince Boun Oum in Laos as the United States resumes arms shipments.
U.S. Marines attack VC units in the Que Son Valley during Operation Harvest Moon.
An atomic leak in Nevada forces hundreds of citizens to flee the test site.
Nixon declares that the bombing of North Vietnam will continue until an accord can be reached (Operation Linebacker II).
The European Economic Community and the Soviet Union sign an agreement on trade and economic communication.
California Gov. Gray Davis announces the state faces a record budget deficit; the looming $35 billion shortfall is almost double the amount reported a month earlier during the state’s gubernatorial campaign.
Civil war begins in Chad with a rebel assault on Adre; the rebels are believed to be backed by Chad’s neighbor, Sudan.
The United Arab Emirates holds it first-ever elections.
In an opening act of Arab Spring, anti-government protests erupt in Tunisia.

'I need a blanket'

A 7-year-old student of Monte Cristo Elementary School in Edinburg, Texas, penned a heart-breaking letter to Santa Claus, during a classroom exercise.
First grade teacher Ruth Espiricueta told her students to write a letter to Santa Claus asking him for something they wanted and something they needed. The exercise was devised to teach the students the difference between “need” and “want.”
'I need a blanket': Read this 7-year-old student’s heartbreaking letter to Santa Claus

How much sleep do you really need?

We all need sleep in order to survive, but some of us need more hours each night than others. While it’s not understood exactly why this is, scientists may be one step closer to uncovering the complexities of slumber.
In a new study published on Thursday in the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers used artificially bred fruit flies to examine the role of genes in the sleep process.
How much sleep do you really need?

What causes bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes unusual episodes such as a shift in moods ranging from manic high to deep despair. Nearly 6 million Americans suffer from this metal disorder and a study in this direction, which gathered pace in the past few decades, led to some interesting insights.

Lindsey Vonn makes winning return at Val d'Isere

American Lindsey Vonn made the perfect return from a back injury and backlash at her anti-Dumbass Trump comments by storming to victory in the World Cup super-G in Val d'Isere on Saturday.
Lindsey Vonn makes winning return at Val d'Isere

Do You Do These 5 Things With Your Cellphone That Health Officials Say You Shouldn’t?

Uber Stole Trade Secrets, Bribed Foreign Officials and Spied on Rivals

SNL Hilariously Mocks Child Molester Roy Moore For Losing AL Senate Race

Wonder if this humiliation will be enough to finally make Roy Moore concede?

College Campuses Can Uphold Free Speech AND Shut Down Racists

It's Ayn Rand's America Now

Not Just Inauguration Protesters: Medics, Observers and a Journalist Face 50 Years in Prison

‘Stupid and Orwellian’

Federal officials reacted with disgust to the “stupid and Orwellian” restrictions imposed on the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention regarding certain words like “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and others.

With Net Neutrality Ruling, US Could Lose Lead In Online Consumer Protection

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai a Closeted Alt-Right Sympathizer

Pharmaceutical Company Billionaire and Wife Found Dead in 'Suspicious' Circumstances

Monsanto Giving Cash to Farmers Who Use Controversial Pesticide

Woman mauled to death in the woods by her pit bulls

A Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls Thursday while out for a walk with them in her Goochland County neighborhood, authorities said.

10,000-year-old woolly mammoth skeleton sold for $645,000

A 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth skeleton found in Siberia about 10 years ago was sold for $640,000 (€548,000) at an auction Dec. 16 to French waterproofing company Soprema.
10,000-year-old woolly mammoth skeleton sold for $645,000

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