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- Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge (pictured) runs the Berlin Marathon in world record time.
- NASA's ICESat-2 satellite is launched, the last mission to use the Delta II rocket.
- Typhoon Mangkhut impacts the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, resulting in more than 70 fatalities.
- Hurricane Florence impacts the East Coast of the United States, causing the deaths of at least 30 people.
- Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who co-discovered pulsars but was omitted from the related Nobel Prize, receives the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
Today in History
- 1260 – The second of two major Prussian uprisings by the Prussian tribe of Balts began against the Teutonic Knights.
- 1498 – A tsunami caused by the Nankai earthquake washed away the building housing the statue of the Great Buddha (pictured) at Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, Japan.
- 1906 – The ocean liner RMS Mauretania, the largest and fastest ship in the world at the time, was launched.
- 1943 – World War II: Australian troops defeated Imperial Japanese forces at the Battle of Kaiapit in New Guinea.
- 2008 – An explosive-laden truck detonated in front of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 54 people and injuring 266 others.
Did You Know?
- ... that Helen Woodrow Bones (pictured), US President Woodrow Wilson's first cousin, became a "surrogate First Lady" for 16 months between the death of his first wife and his second marriage?
- ... that despite the Democratic Republic of the Congo's $24 trillion in mineral reserves, more than 80% of its residents live in extreme poverty?
- ... that Mark Aubry is a lecturer on concussion awareness, a team physician for the Ottawa Senators, and the chief medical officer of Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation?
- ... that science fiction writer Harlan Ellison's earliest known published work was a fan letter to the comic book Real Fact Comics?
- ... that Dorothy Papadakos, the first female organist at New York's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, wrote a musical portraying Roman life in ancient Pompeii when it was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius?
- ... that the bluegrass billbug feeds on maize and other grain crops as well as on Kentucky bluegrass?
- ... that The New York Times published the anonymous essay "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" despite its history of publishing few such works?
- ... that during Operation Mosaic, Group Captain Stewart Menaul flew a Canberra bomber through a nuclear fallout cloud?
Today's Featured Article
Dromaeosauroides was a theropod dinosaur that lived around 140 million years ago during the Early Cretaceous, making it one of the oldest known dromaeosaurs. In 2000 and 2008, two fossilised teeth from this genus (cast pictured) were discovered in the Jydegaard Formation in the Robbedale valley, on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, in the Baltic Sea. It is the first dinosaur reported from Denmark. After these discoveries, remains and tracks of more dinosaurs were found in several formations on Bornholm. Coprolites containing fish remains found in the Jydegaard Formation may belong to Dromaeosauroides. The teeth are curved and finely serrated. Based on a comparison with other dromaeosaur teeth, the genus is estimated to have been 2 to 3 metres (7 to 10 ft) in length, with a weight of about 40 kilograms (88 lb), a hide covered with feathers, and a large sickle claw on both feet. It lived in a coastal lagoon environment with sauropods, as evidenced by a possible titanosaur tooth. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
A plough is a farm implement that turns over the upper layer of soil, bringing fresh nutrients to the surface as part of preparation for sowing seeds or planting. In early agriculture, soil was turned by hand using digging sticks and hoes. The first animal-drawn plough was the ard, with the earliest evidence of a ploughed field dating to the Indus Valley Civilisation site of Kalibangan from around 2800 B.C. Wheels were introduced by Celtic peoples during the Roman era, and the mouldboard plough, a major innovation in plough technology, was invented in the 18th century. Modern ploughs are usually reversible ploughs, mounted on a tractor.
Painting: Rosa Bonheur
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