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- Amidst a constitutional crisis, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka suspends the attempt by President Maithripala Sirisena (pictured) to dissolve parliament.
- American comic book creator Stan Lee dies at the age of 95.
- An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has killed more than 200 people since August.
- Four wildfires in California, including the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire, burn more than 230,000 acres (93,000 hectares) and kill at least 59 people.
Today in History
- 534 – The Codex Repetitae Praelectionis, the second edition of the Codex Justinianus, the codification of Roman law by Justinian I, was published.
- 1776 – American Revolutionary War: British and Hessian units captured Fort Washington from the Patriots.
- 1885 – After a five-day trial following the North-West Rebellion, Louis Riel (pictured), Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and "Father of Manitoba", was hanged for high treason.
- 1938 – Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann first synthesized the psychedelic drug LSD at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
- 1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon signed an act authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline to transport oil from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Alaska.
Did You Know?
- ... that the seeds of Acacia tenuissima (pictured) were used by Indigenous Australians to make damper?
- ... that "Love Interruption" was the first song American musician Jack White released after the breakup of rock duo The White Stripes?
- ... that Lea Hernandez, the editor of webcomic subscription service Girlamatic, originally wanted to call the website "ModernGirls", but Hernandez said this name was already taken by a porn site?
- ... that 17-year-old Dutch chess grandmaster Lucas van Foreest has a brother, great-great grandfather, and great-great granduncle who have all been Dutch Chess Champions?
- ... that the East Side Access railroad expansion in New York City has been estimated to cost about $3.5 billion per mile of new tunnel, seven times more than similar projects in other countries?
- ... that Herman Pines, who could not attend university in Poland because of Jewish quotas, worked on developing aviation fuels that helped the Royal Air Force to win the Battle of Britain?
- ... that the first woman voted in as head of state says she would not have got her job if women in Iceland had not walked away from theirs?
- ... that Joan L. Mitchell co-invented JPEG?
Today's Featured Article
Since 1980, York City F.C., a professional association football club based in York, North Yorkshire, England, has seen many promotions and relegations. The team won its only English Football League title after finishing first in the Fourth Division in 1983–84 with 101 points, the most season points scored by any team at the time. After four seasons in the Third Division, they were relegated in 1987–88. They beat Crewe Alexandra at Wembley Stadium in the play-off final in 1992–93, winning promotion to the renamed Second Division. Later in the 1990s, they knocked Premier League teams Manchester United and Everton out of the League Cup in successive seasons. At the end of 2003–04, they lost their Football League status. The 2011–12 FA Trophy (celebration pictured) was the first national knockout competition won by York, and they returned to the Football League that season. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Senja is an island in the county of Troms in Norway. It has an area of 1,586 square kilometres (612 sq mi) and a population of 7,864 as of 2017. Most of the residents live along the eastern coast of the island, with Silsand being the largest urban area. Senja sits northeast of the Vesterålen archipelago, surrounded by the Norwegian Sea to the northwest, the Malangen fjord to the northeast, the Gisundet strait to the east, the Solbergfjorden to the southeast, the Vågsfjorden to the south, and the Andfjorden to the west. Ånderdalen National Park is located in the southern part of the island.
This picture shows a panoramic view from a ridge located between the Segla and Hesten mountain summits on Senja. The fjord to the left is Øyfjorden and the fjord to the right is Mefjorden.
Photograph: Simo Räsänen
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