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- More than a hundred Afghan National Security Forces members are killed in an attack on a military compound in Maidan Shar.
- Ten Chadian United Nations peacekeepers are killed in an attack by al-Qaeda in Mali in apparent retaliation for the normalisation of diplomatic relations between Chad and Israel.
- More than ninety people are killed and dozens of others are injured in an explosion at an oil pipeline near Tlahuelilpan, Mexico.
- Four months after the Swedish general election, the Riksdag re-elects incumbent Stefan Löfven (pictured) as Prime Minister.
Today in History
- 1264 – King Louis IX of France issued the Mise of Amiens, a settlement between King Henry III of England and barons led by Simon de Montfort heavily favouring the former, which later led to the Second Barons' War.
- 1565 – The Deccan sultanates defeated the Vijayanagara Empire at the Battle of Talikota in present-day Karnataka, ending the last great Hindu kingdom in South India.
- 1793 – The Russian Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia partitioned the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth for the second time.
- 1957 – American inventor Fred Morrison sold the rights to his "flying disc" to the Wham-O toy company, who later renamed it the "Frisbee" (example pictured).
- 2001 – Five people attempted to set themselves on fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, an act that many people later claimed was staged by the Communist Party of China to frame Falun Gong and thus escalate their persecution.
Did You Know?
- ... that in 2018, 151 North Franklin (pictured) became the new corporate headquarters for CNA Insurance, which continues to be based in the Chicago Loop as it has been since 1900?
- ... that Vastupala secretly hired pirates to rob the mother of the Sultan of Delhi?
- ... that the littleneck clam is harvested for food despite being associated with paralytic shellfish poisoning?
- ... that Alex Macmillan did not know his 1954 mathematical correction had become a widely used formula known as the "Macmillan Correction" until he read about it while surfing the web in 2004?
- ... that Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben (Fall with thanks, fall with praise), Part IV of Bach's Christmas Oratorio for New Year's Day 1735, celebrates the naming of Jesus?
- ... that Jean-Pierre Bernès, former general manager of Olympique de Marseille, started out selling membership cards for the club?
- ... that students of sculptor Herbert Maryon tarred and feathered one of his works?
- ... that the Federal Court of Australia ruled in 2003 that a heroin dealer was entitled to a tax deduction of $220,000 for money stolen during a drug deal?
Today's Featured Article
The Tottenham outrage of 23 January 1909 was a theft of wages from the Schnurmann rubber factory in Tottenham, North London, followed by a two-hour, six-mile (10 km) police chase. The armed robbers, Paul Helfeld and Jacob Lepidus, killed themselves at the end of the pursuit. The bravery of the police led to the creation of the King's Police Medal, awarded to several of those involved in the pursuit. A joint funeral for the two shooting victims—Police Constable William Tyler and Ralph Joscelyne, a ten-year-old boy—was attended by a crowd of up to half a million mourners, including 2,000 policemen. The deaths exacerbated ill feelings towards immigrants in London, and much of the press coverage was anti-Semitic in nature; Helfeld and Lepidus were Jewish Latvian Socialists. Public sentiment was further inflamed the following year after another criminal act by Latvian immigrants, culminating in the Siege of Sidney Street, in which three policemen were murdered. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Hyperglide is the name given by cycling component manufacturer Shimano to a sprocket design in their bicycle derailleur tooth cassette systems. The design improves on their earlier Uniglide design (which used beveled/twisted gear teeth instead of ramps), and was introduced as part of a commercially viable index shifting system. The individual sprockets on a Hyperglide cassette or freewheel are designed specifically to work with their neighbours. In order to ensure alignment of each sprocket with its neighbour, the freehub has a narrow spline at one position, and each sprocket has a corresponding wide tooth on its inside face.
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