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Swiss troops defeat the forces under Charles the Bold of Burgundy at the Battle of Nancy.
Federalists from all over New England, angered over the War of 1812, draw up the Hartford Convention, demanding several important changes in the U.S. Constitution.
The merchant vessel Star of the West sets sail from New York to Fort Sumter, in response to a rebel attack, carrying supplies and 250 troops.
American Marines arrive in Seoul, Korea, to guard the U.S. legation there.
Henry Ford astounds the world as he announces that he will pay a minimum wage of $5 a day and will share with employees $10 million in the previous year’s profits.
Bulgarian and German troops occupy the Port of Braila.
British ships shell the Bolshevik headquarters in Riga.
Wingnut women demand equal representation at the Wingnut National Coven in June.
Wagner’s “Die Walkyrie” opens in Paris. This is the first German opera performed in Paris since the beginning of World War I.
The U.S. Senate debates the benefits of peyote for the American Indian.
Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is sworn in as the first female governor in the United States.
Daggha Bur, Ethiopia, is bombed by the Italians.
U.S. and Filipino troops complete their withdrawal to a new defensive line along the base of the Bataan peninsula.
Great Britain nationalizes its coal mines.
Inchon, South Korea, the site of General Douglas MacArthur’s amphibious flanking maneuver, is abandoned by United Nations forces to the advancing Chinese Army.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington to confer with President Harry S. Truman.
U.S. forces in Vietnam launch Operation Niagara I to locate enemy units around the Marine base at Khe Sanh.
Nixon appoints Henry Cabot Lodge as negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks.
Nixon names Robert Dole as chairman of the Wingnut National Cabal.
A Federal judge voids a state law requiring balanced classroom treatment of evolution and creationism.
The South Ossetia War (1991-92) begins as Georgian forces enter Tskhinvali, capital of South Ossetia, Georgia.
Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System, is discovered in images taken Oct. 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.

Young Student Secretly Photographs People with Hidden Spy Cam in the 1890s

We can't say for sure whether this was the first hidden camera stunt, but it goes pretty far back. Nineteen-year-old Norwegian math student Carl Størmer bought a small camera and surreptitiously took photos of people on the main street in Oslo from 1893 to 1897.
In his biography for the Fellows of the Royal Society, he revealed it was actually a secret crush that led him toward photography. “When he was a young man at Oslo University he fell in love with a lady whom he did not know and with whom he was too bashful to become acquainted,” writes his biographer. “Wishing at least to have a picture of her, he decided that this was possible only by taking a photograph of her himself, without her knowing.”
The candid shots from the streets of Oslo are much more revealing than the portraits of the era. Around 500 of Størmer's photograph's were later exhibited when he was in his 70s. See a selection of them at My Modern Met.

The Real-World Architecture of Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Hideaway

The elder Jedi master Luke Skywalker retired to a life of solitude on a remote island on the planet Ahch-To. Or he ran away and hid there, if you want to be brutally honest. The beautiful island scenes in The Last Jedi were filmed on Ireland's Skellig Michael, which really has existing ancient stone huts.
The ancient Jedi shelter where Luke Skywalker resides is a very terrestrial building type called a clochán, a primitive stone dwelling that can still be found on Skellig Michael. These structures, also called beehive huts, were built by the ascetic Christian monks who first settled the island in the 6th or 7th century. Although beehive huts can be found across Europe and particularly western Ireland, the examples on Skellig Michael are probably the most striking and isolated in the world.
Skellig Michael is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While The Last Jedi was filmed on location there, they did not use the island's ancient clocháns. Reproductions were built for the movie. Atlas Obscura looks closer at these stone domes and how they were built in a place where there was no wood or mortar, hundreds of years ago.

Eastern US braced for polar vortex as bitter cold remains

A major winter storm started hitting the U.S Southeast up through New England on Wednesday with freezing rain, snow and strong winds, adding to record-shattering cold that is keeping its grip on much of the eastern United States.

Terrifying maps and facts that will freak you out about the ‘bomb cyclone’ weather hitting the east coast

Here are 7 terrifying maps and facts that will freak you out about the ‘bomb cyclone’ weather hitting the east coast

The 10 Most Noteworthy Environmental Stories of 2017

Don’t expect ‘fake news’ to disappear in 2018

Don’t expect ‘fake news’ to disappear in 2018
In the world of journalism, 2017 was the year of “fake news” and bombshell scoops. It was marked by an ominous newspaper slogan—“Democracy dies...

How Legal Marijuana Will Change California in 2018

America's Health Care System Is an International Disgrace

Tennessee TV Station Fires Reporter of 34 Years

Only 17 companies have 'showered their workers with bonuses' thanks to Dumbass Trump's 'tax' overhaul

Dumbass Trump celebrated the wingnut tax cut bill on Twitter, claiming that companies giving one-time bonuses because of the legislation. Dumbass Trump has been celebrating the wingnut tax bill since its passage last month, claiming that companies are “showering their workers with bonuses” thanks to the tax overhaul.

‘Spontaneous’ protests will only be legal with 48 hours’

The next time residents of Durham County, North Carolina, feel the itch to spontaneously express political feelings on public grounds, they’d better hope somebody had the foresight to ask permission two days earlier.
The Durham County Commission opened the new year with a proposal to require 48 hours’ notice before any demonstration on County-owned land.

Acting ICE director wants to ignore Constitution

Dumbass Trump’s handpicked Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pick — the current acting director of the agency — said on Tuesday that he wants the Department of Justice to personally charge elected officials who do not comply with the junta’s immigration enforcement requests with federal crimes.

Professor warns America is 'at war' with alt-right

A professor who has received death threats over his Twitter messages championing gun control and criticizing the U.S. military has left his job over the controversy and is warning his supporters that America is at war with the right and white supremacists.
"We are at war, and academia is a crucial front in that war. This is why the Right is targeting campuses with thinly veiled provocations disguised as free speech. My case and many others show just how cynical such appeals are, and how little the wingnuts care about academic freedom," wrote George Ciccariello-Maher, a former associate professor of politics and global studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Thursday in a Facebook post. He then announced he was taking a post with New York University in New York City.

A infamous Daily Stormer Nazi actually Jewish

A reclusive neo-Nazi who co-runs the white supremacist Daily Stormer website , and recently said Jewish children "deserve to die," has Jewish relatives on “both sides of his family,” his mother told Newsweek.

Someone massacred all the livestock on this Arkansas family farm in the middle of the night

An Arkansas family woke one morning to find all of their livestock dead from unidentified wounds.

Scientists Discover Sharks Living Inside An Active Volcano

Sharks can be scary as hell when encountered while swimming around in the ocean, so imagine how terrifying it would be to come across them inside an active volcano!It may sound like the plot of a cheesy sci-fi movie like Sharknado but it's true- back in 2015 scientists discovered living sharks inside Kavachi, an active underwater volcano in the Solomon Islands.
Researchers sent down a robotic camera that captured the stunning footage of a Pacific sleeper shark, hammerhead sharks and silky sharks swimming around inside the acidic and super-heated environment like it's no big deal:
“Divers who have gotten close to the outer edge of the volcano have had to back away because of how hot it is or because they were getting mild skin burns from the acid water,” Phillips said. “These large animals are living in what you have to assume is much hotter and much more acidic water, and they’re just hanging out. It makes you question what type of extreme environment these animals are adapted to. What sort of changes have they undergone? Are there only certain animals that can withstand it?

Horseback-Riding Cat

Horse trainer Emma Massingale has a pony named Comet and a cat named Louis. They are good friends who go on adventures together. Louis doesn't need a saddle when he goes horseback riding; a horse blanket will do, but a saddle will do fine if that's what's on the horse. It's not like he could get his feet into the stirrups!
In this video, they take a lovely ride together through the countryside of Devon, England. Or at least Louis takes a ride, while Comet does the walking.

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