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- Masked gunmen attack a bus convoy of Coptic Christians in Egypt, and Egyptian warplanes strike alleged militant camps in Libya in response.
- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (pictured) declares martial law in Mindanao amidst armed clashes with the Islamist Maute group in Marawi City.
- A suicide bombing after an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom kills 22 people and injures more than 100 others.
- In ice hockey, Sweden win in a shootout against Canada to claim the IIHF World Championship.
- In cricket, the Mumbai Indians win the Indian Premier League, defeating the Rising Pune Supergiant in the final.
Today in History
- 1588 – Anglo-Spanish War: The Spanish Armada (pictured), with 130 ships and over 30,000 men, set sail from Lisbon for the English Channel in an attempt to invade England.
- 1830 – US President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law, authorizing him to negotiate with Native Americans for their removal from their ancestral homelands.
- 1936 – English mathematician Alan Turing introduced the Turing machine, a basic abstract symbol-manipulating hypothetical device that can simulate the logic of any computer algorithm.
- 1998 – The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission carried out five underground nuclear tests, becoming the seventh country in the world to successfully develop and publicly test nuclear weapons.
- 2010 – A train derailment and collision in the Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal, India, caused the deaths of at least 141 passengers.
Did You Know?
- ... that Malacañang of the North (pictured) was built as a presidential mansion for Ferdinand Marcos' 60th birthday?
- ... that Eli Parsons Royce founded the city of Escanaba, Michigan, while Nelson Ludington named it?
- ... that "Mer Hayrenik", the national anthem of the First Republic of Armenia, became a protest song when it was banned during the Soviet era?
- ... that Isadora Duncan danced at The Wabe in London's Hampstead to raise money for the cause of women's suffrage?
- ... that during his youth, Argentine president Néstor Kirchner was present at the Ezeiza massacre and the expulsion of Montoneros from Plaza de Mayo?
- ... that the Japanese visual novel Harmonia was first released in English to see how the game would be received worldwide before its release in Japan?
- ... that Manning M. Kimmel was one of four West Point graduates to fight on both sides of the American Civil War?
- ... that the Miami Dolphins' first-ever regular season game began with running back Joe Auer returning the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown?
Today's Featured Article
The Menacer is a light gun peripheral released by Sega in 1992 for its Sega Genesis and Sega CD video game consoles, its successor to the Master System Light Phaser. Communicating with a television via an infrared sensor, the gun was bundled with a pack-in six-game cartridge of mostly shooting gallery games. Sega also released a Menacer bundle with Terminator 2: The Arcade Game. Mac Senour was responsible for the Menacer project and designed the six-game pack. He originally proposed non-shooting minigames based on existing Sega licenses, but most of the prototypes were abandoned due to high cost in favor of more shooting-type games. Sega did not plan another first-party release for the Menacer apart from the included multi-game cartridge. Compatible games were published through 1995. The Menacer is remembered as a critical and commercial flop. Critics found the six-game pack subpar and repetitive, and criticized the peripheral's lack of games. The ToeJam & Earl spinoff game was held in the highest regard, and reviewers also recommended the Terminator 2 game. A direct-to-TV light gun that includes the six-game Menacer pack was released in 2005. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Hawksmoor Towers at All Souls College, a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. All Souls is one of the wealthiest colleges in Oxford, with a financial endowment of £286.4m (2014), but only ranks nineteenth among Oxford colleges with respect to total income. The college has no undergraduate members; each year, recent graduate and postgraduate students at Oxford are eligible to apply for Examination Fellowships through a competitive examination and an interview.
Photograph: Andrew Shiva
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