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- An oil truck explosion in Ahmedpur East, Pakistan, kills at least 150 people and injures more than 100 others.
- The World Health Organization estimates that 200,000 people in Yemen have been infected with cholera.
- At least 10 people are killed and more than 90 others are missing following a landslide in Sichuan, China.
- In Pakistan, at least 80 people are killed and more than 200 others are injured in multiple bombings in Quetta and Parachinar.
- The cricket teams of Ireland and Afghanistan are awarded Test status by the ICC.
Today in History
- 572 – Alboin, king of the Lombards, was assassinated in a coup d'état instigated by the Byzantines.
- 1841 – Giselle (Anna Pavlova pictured in the title role), a ballet by French composer Adolphe Adam, was first performed at the Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Paris.
- 1904 – In Denmark's worst maritime disaster, SS Norge ran aground on Hasselwood Rock, Helen's Reef, in foggy weather, and sank, resulting in more than 635 deaths.
- 1942 – World War II: The German Wehrmacht launched Case Blue, a strategic summer offensive intended to knock the Soviet Union out of the war.
- 2009 – Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was ousted by a local military coup following his attempt to hold a referendum to rewrite the Honduran constitution.
Did You Know?
- ... that Luigi Gatti ran a restaurant (pictured) on the Titanic for passengers for whom first class was not exclusive enough?
- ... that John Hyrum Koyle built the Dream Mine after the Angel Moroni reportedly showed him a Nephite mine in Salem, Utah, which would help fund the gathering of Israel?
- ... that in 1984, Typhoon June killed 121 people in the Philippines?
- ... that French footballer Alban Lafont is the youngest goalkeeper ever to play in Ligue 1, having made his debut at the age of 16 years and 310 days?
- ... that the Baroque pipe organ of the Church of Reinhardtsgrimma was built by Gottfried Silbermann?
- ... that the Ore Dock Brewing Company's flagship beer is named for the recycled material used in constructing the brewery?
- ... that ticket purchases for Witness: The Tour will include copies of Katy Perry's album Witness?
- ... that RCA's only astronaut, civilian Bob Cenker, narrowly avoided catastrophe during his mission on Space Shuttle Columbia, which experienced several launch-pad aborts and almost exploded?
Today's Featured Article
The white-naped xenopsaris (Xenopsaris albinucha) is a bird in the family Tityridae found in the South American countries of Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. It lives in open woodland and other open forest habitats, and is mostly sedentary, though some populations may be migratory. The only species in its genus, it is closely related to becards and tityras, and was thought to be either a tyrant-flycatcher or cotinga before it was placed in the Tityridae family. The bird is 12.5 to 13 cm (4.9–5.1 in) in length, with whitish undersides, a black crown and grey-brown upperparts. The sexes are similar in appearance, though the females have duller upperparts. It feeds on insects in the foliage of trees and bushes, and sometimes on the ground. In a simple cup nest in the fork of a tree, both parents incubate the eggs and help feed the chicks. After the chicks have fledged, the parents may divide the brood, each helping one or two chicks. The species is not common and little is known about it, but it is not in danger of extinction. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
The constellation Boötes ('the plowman') as depicted in Urania's Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c. 1825. In his left hand Boötes holds his hunting dogs, Canes Venatici. Below them is the constellation Coma Berenices, named after the hair of Berenice II of Egypt. Above Boötes' head is the now obsolete constellation Quadrans Muralis; another obsolete constellation, Mons Maenalus, can be seen at his feet.
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