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Today in History

John of Gaunt marries Katherine Roet.
President James Polk dispatches General Zachary Taylor and 4,000 troops to the Texas Border as war with Mexico looms.
Lincoln names Edwin M. Stanton Secretary of War.
To combat Czech nationalism, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary decrees German the official language of the Imperial Army.
California votes to ratify the prohibition amendment.
Hitler denounces the Weimar Republic as 5,000 storm troopers demonstrate in Germany.
A woman takes a seat on the NY Stock Exchange breaking the all-male tradition.
The bridge connecting New York and New Jersey is named the George Washington Memorial Bridge.
The United States bars Americans from serving in the Civil War in Spain.
General Leclerc’s Free French forces merge with the British under Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery in Libya.
Plants are destroyed and 64 U.S. aircraft are lost in an air attack in Germany.
The Red Army opens an offensive in South Poland, crashing 25 miles through the German lines.
British troops replace striking truck drivers.
Chase National and the Bank of Manhattan agree to merge resulting in the second largest U.S. bank.
Two U.S. planes are shot down in Laos while on a combat mission.
The United States reports shifting most air targets from North Vietnam to Laos.
Argentina ousts a British envoy in a dispute over the Falkland Islands.
The United States offers Pakistan a two-year aid plan to counter the Soviet threat in Afghanistan.
Air Florida Flight 90 Boeing 737 jet crashes into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge shortly after takeoff, then plunges into the Potomac River; 78 people, including 4 motorists, are killed.
In Virginia, Douglas Wilder, the first African-American elected governor of a US state, takes office.

Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts in the future

Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts.

Walmart boost minimum wage to $11, plans bonuses after U.S. tax cuts

Walmart announced Thursday that it would boost its starting wage for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, provide bonuses to certain associates and expand maternity and parental leave.
In a statement, the nation's largest private employer said the changes -- which will benefit more than 1 million U.S. workers -- were prompted by the recent tax overhaul.

Music legend Eric Clapton says he's 'going deaf'

Music legend Eric Clapton is “going deaf,” according to an interview he gave BBC Radio 2 Wednesday.
Speaking about the oncoming documentary “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” the iconic guitarist discussed some of the challenges inherent in becoming an aging rock star, chief among them the struggle to maintain a level of performances he’s mastered in previous decades.
“The only thing I’m concerned with now is being in my Seventies and being able to be proficient,” Clapton said. “I mean, I’m going deaf, I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work. I’m hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because I’m a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself I’m still here.”

What Happens When You Suddenly Stop Using Marijuana?

Seth MacFarlane on predicting sexual predators

One man is flourishing in this new age of sexual misconduct allegations: Seth MacFarlane. The comedian behind  Family Guy was outing Hollywood's predators years before accusations of abuse began surfacing—and spreading—last October. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, to commemorate his animated show's 300th episode, MacFarlane offered some explanation for what were beginning to seem like psychic abilities.

There is still more to learn about Hitler

Soon after his politicization and radicalization in the summer of 1919, Adolf Hitler secretly started colluding with Russian nationalists. Driven by a concern on how best to ensure Germany’s national survival in the expected dawn of an age of super-powers, he teamed up with the entourage of one of the pretenders to the vacant Tsarist throne, Grand Duke Kirill Romanov.
Hitler, Kirill, and the Grand Duke’s fellow exiles in Bavaria agreed that neither on their own would be sufficiently strong to put their respective countries on equal footing with the Anglo-American world. Their plan thus was first to restore nationalist regimes in both their countries and subsequently to enter into a permanent and all-encompassing alliance.

Chevron Has a Secretive Drilling Site in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

A Fracking Company Is Suing a Victim of Its Own Pollution for Speaking Out

Florida Prisoners Are Preparing to Strike Against Unpaid Labor

NY subway bomber pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting an Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attack on a busy New York City commuter hub in December pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal terrorism charges.

Thief steals $20,000 from wedding

A bold thief walked into a crowded seafood restaurant that was hosting a wedding banquet and stole an estimated $20,000 in gift money, the Pasadena Star-News reported Tuesday. In a Facebook video hosted by the groom, Kenny Diep, surveillance footage showed the entire incident in clear detail.

'Cult' preacher worked kids as slaves at North Carolina fish restaurants

A religious cult in North Carolina allegedly forced children to work as slaves in fish markets to fund the group’s operations.
Authorities in Cumberland County have arrested four members of the group based at McCollum Ranch and have issued warrants for six others.

Florida fire chief threatens teens at gunpoint after stealing their phone in road rage rampage

A fire chief in Charlotte County, Florida has been charged with burglary and battery after allegedly getting in a verbal altercation with two 17-year-old boys, reportedly pulling one by the hair and pointing his gun at them.

‘Move nigger’

‘Move nigger’: Black man’s dog poisoned, truck stolen and garage burned since moving to Arkansas town

Racist Georgia couple goes berserk on gas station clerk

“It’s a completely ridiculous situation,” said investigator Corey Bowers, of Rome police.

Why Are So Many of Our Pets Overweight?

Dead Koala screwed to post in Australia park

Australian authorities are investigating after a dead koala was found screwed to a post at Brooloo Park Lookout in Queensland on Wednesday.
Koala Rescue Queensland posted a photo of the dead animal on its Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. yesterday and pleaded that the public come forward with any information useful in catching the culprit.
“All is not as it seems in this photo," the animal rescue organization wrote. "This poor koala has been screwed to the pole with building screws, he is deceased, but whether or not he was when cruelly attached to the structure is unknown."

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