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- The British construction and services company Carillion goes into compulsory liquidation.
- The oil tanker MV Sanchi sinks with the loss of all 32 crew eight days after colliding with another ship.
- At least 18 people are killed after mudflows (damage pictured) strike the area of Montecito, California, in the area affected by the recent Thomas Fire.
- In cricket, the Ashes series concludes with Australia beating England.
- The National Unity Party wins the most seats in the parliamentary election in Northern Cyprus.
Today in History
- 649 – War against the Western Turks: The forces of Kucha surrendered after a siege, establishing Tang control over the northern Tarim Basin in what is now Xinjiang.
- 1795 – The Batavian Republic was established, a day after William V, Prince of Orange fled the Dutch Republic as a result of the Batavian Revolution in Amsterdam.
- 1945 – World War II: Soviet forces liberated the Łódź Ghetto; only 877 Jews of the initial population of 164,000 remained there at that time.
- 1975 – A magnitude 6.8 Ms earthquake struck northern Himachal Pradesh in India, causing extensive damage to the region.
- 2012 – The Hong Kong-based file-sharing website Megaupload (founder Kim Dotcom pictured) was shut down by the FBI.
Did You Know?
- ... that the Anglo-Saxon Coppergate Helmet (pictured) may have been hidden in a well during the Viking invasion of York?
- ... that Chen Guangyi was appointed to the top post of his home province of Fujian reportedly after provincial cadres opposed another candidate from North China?
- ... that five siblings and an in-law made up the Bartell Group, which owned radio stations around the United States during the 1940s–1960s and was a pioneer in the Top 40 format?
- ... that fans noticed Doctor Who references in a promotional trailer for Paul McGann's first episode in Holby City as John Gaskell?
- ... that inflatable balloon sticks for cheering at baseball games were first used in South Korea?
- ... that Marvin Pipkin invented the first electric light bulb frosted on the inside with sufficient strength for ordinary handling that could be sold to the public?
- ... that Wayne Jacks and Ben Hess were among the 86 drivers who attempted to qualify for the inaugural Brickyard 400?
- ... that mutant squirrels and "cat-faced" trees can be found in Ochlockonee River State Park?
Today's Featured ArticleSonic Spinball is a pinball video game developed by the Sega Technical Institute and published by Sega. It was originally released for the Mega Drive/Genesis in North America and Europe in November 1993 and in Japan the following month. It was later ported to the Game Gear and Master System in 1994 and 1995 respectively. The game has been re-released on eleven different consoles and has been included in Genesis-related compilations. The player controls Sonic the Hedgehog, who is manipulated like a pinball in various machine-like environments for most of the game, while the series antagonist Doctor Robotnik tries to enslave the population on the planet Mobius. Sonic Spinball was commissioned by Sega when it became clear that a new Sonic the Hedgehog game could not be completed in time for the 1993 holiday season, since the majority of their staff were developing Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The game was hastily developed, with most work completed within two months. It received mixed reviews upon release; most critics praised the game's novelty and graphics but faulted its control scheme. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Waiting is a pastel on paper by the French Impressionist Edgar Degas, completed between 1880 and 1882. Part of a series of pastels, paintings, mixed media drawings and sculptures of ballerinas, it depicts one accompanied by her chaperone, bent over ostensibly to massage her foot but with body language indicating anticipation. The work, which is jointly owned by the Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, has been read as emphasizing the brevity of a ballerina's career and the stress they undergo to obtain fleeting moments of elegance.
Painting: Edgar Degas
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