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- A terrorist attack at the Palace of Westminster (pictured), London, results in five people dead and fifty others injured.
- The United States defeats Puerto Rico to win the World Baseball Classic.
- French mathematician Yves Meyer is awarded the Abel Prize for his work on the mathematical theory of wavelets.
- American guitarist, singer, and rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry dies at the age of 90.
- The VVD, led by incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte, wins the most seats in the Dutch general election, but the governing coalition loses its majority.
- Disputes over a Turkish constitutional referendum trigger a diplomatic incident between Turkey and the Netherlands.
Today in History
- 708 – Pope Constantine was selected as one of the last popes of the Byzantine Papacy; he would be the last pope to visit Constantinople until Pope Paul VI in 1967.
- 1655 – Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens discovered Titan (pictured), the largest natural satellite of the planet Saturn.
- 1917 – Following the overthrow of the Russian tsar Nicholas II, Georgia's bishops unilaterally restored the autocephaly of the Georgian Orthodox Church.
- 1949 – The Soviet Union began mass deportations of more than 90,000 people from the Baltic states to Siberia.
- 1971 – Vietnam War: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam abandoned an attempt to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos.
Did You Know?
- ... that in 2015, Neri Oxman's architecture group and MIT's Glass Lab built the first 3D printer for optically transparent glass (pictured)?
- ... that an autonomous underwater vehicle deployed by the MV Havila Harmony during the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 discovered a shipwreck?
- ... that American diplomat Herbert Reiner Jr. played a key role in capturing Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse in 1948?
- ... that when the Beethoven Orchester Bonn was founded as a professional orchestra in Beethoven's hometown in 1907, Richard Strauss conducted his own works?
- ... that the Detroit version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship was one of at least 22 NWA World Tag Team Championships that existed between 1949 and 1991?
- ... that pastor brothers John Blair and Samuel Blair both received their theological education at the Log College?
- ... that during the Trunajaya rebellion, rebels overran Mataram's royal court at Plered and took at least 300,000 reals from the treasury?
- ... that Chris Bertish is the first person to complete a stand-up paddle board crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, a 7,400 km (4,600 mi), 93-day journey that put him into The Guiness Book of World Records?
Today's Featured ArticleJean Bellette (25 March 1908 – 16 March 1991) was an Australian artist. Born in Tasmania, she was educated in Hobart and at Julian Ashton's art school in Sydney, where her teachers included Thea Proctor. In London she studied under painters Bernard Meninsky and Mark Gertler. A modernist painter, Bellette was influential in mid-twentieth-century Sydney art circles. She frequently painted scenes influenced by the Greek tragedies of Euripedes, Sophocles and Homer. The only woman to win the Sulman Prize more than once, Bellette claimed the accolade in 1942 with For Whom the Bell Tolls, and in 1944 with Iphigenia in Tauris. She helped found the Blake Prize for religious art, and was its inaugural judge. Bellette and her husband, the artist and critic Paul Haefliger, owned a cottage in Hill End, an old gold mining village in central New South Wales. Bellette bequeathed the cottage to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (which manages the Hill End historic site) for use as an artists' retreat. It continues to operate for that purpose. (Full article...)
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Worcester College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. The college was founded in 1714 by the benefaction of Sir Thomas Cookes, a baronet of Worcestershire. As of July 2010, Worcester had a financial endowment of £16.7 million. Alumni include the media mogul Rupert Murdoch, television producer Russell T Davies, justice Elena Kagan, actress Emma Watson, and novelist Richard Adams.
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