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- A suicide bombing at a shrine in Sehwan, Pakistan, kills at least 83 people and injures more than 250 others.
- The Indian Space Research Organisation's PSLV-C37 mission launches a record 104 satellites at once.
- Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is killed in Malaysia.
- La La Land wins in five categories, including Best Film and Best Director (Damien Chazelle, pictured), at the British Academy Film Awards.
- A suicide bombing at a protest rally in Lahore, Pakistan, kills at least 15 people and injures more than 80 others.
Today in History
- 1685 – French colonists, led by Robert de La Salle, landed at Matagorda Bay in present-day Texas, which later allowed the United States to claim the region as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
- 1846 – Polish insurgents led an uprising in the Free City of Kraków to incite a fight for national independence that was put down by the Austrian Empire nine days later.
- 1943 – A fissure opened in a cornfield in the Mexican state of Michoacán and turned into the cinder cone volcano Parícutin, growing 424 m (1,391 ft) in eight years.
- 1965 – NASA's Ranger 8 spacecraft successfully transmitted 7,137 photographs (sample pictured) of the Moon in the final 23 minutes of its mission before crashing into Mare Tranquillitatis.
- 1988 – The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast voted to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
Did You Know?
- ... that in General George Washington at Trenton (pictured), Trumbull painted Washington in "the most sublime moment", the night before the Battle of Princeton?
- ... that Pilgrim, the premiere title of video game developer Arxel Tribe, was based on a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, who also wrote the game's screenplay?
- ... that Canadian football linebacker Zock Allen was named after the sound a cartoon character makes when hitting something?
- ... that the documentary Hell's Angel claims that Mother Teresa was a demagogue and an obscurantist?
- ... that the Super V-2 was a French project to develop the V-2 rocket into a long-range missile, one version of which was capable of striking targets as far away as Russia?
- ... that billionaire Leslie Koo's NT$400 million bribe resulted in an 11-year jail sentence for former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian?
- ... that "Never Learn Not to Love" is a reworked version of Charles Manson's song "Cease to Exist"?
- ... that a Nuphar carlquistii waterlily rhizome fossil was once identified as a banana?
Today's Featured Article
The Turboliners were a family of gas turbine trains built for Amtrak in the 1970s. They were purchased by Amtrak to update its fleet with faster, more modern trains. The first batch, known as RTGs, were built by the French firm ANF and entered service on multiple routes in the Midwestern United States in 1973. The new trains increased ridership wherever they were used, but the high cost of operating the trains led to their withdrawal from the Midwest in 1981. The second batch, known as RTLs (example pictured), were of a similar design but manufactured by Rohr Industries, an American company. These entered service on the Empire Corridor in the State of New York in 1976. The RTLs remained in service there through the 1990s, supplemented by several rebuilt RTGs. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, New York and Amtrak partnered to rebuild the RTLs for high-speed service; this project failed and Amtrak withdrew them from service in 2003. After the settlement of legal issues, the last RTLs were sold for scrap in 2012. (Full article...)
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