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- Miguel Díaz-Canel (pictured) succeeds Raúl Castro as President of Cuba.
- In horse racing, Tiger Roll wins the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse in the United Kingdom.
- The United States, United Kingdom and France strike multiple government targets in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.
- At least 257 people are killed as an Algerian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft crashes in Algeria.
Today in History
- 1516 – The most well-known version of the Reinheitsgebot, the German Beer Purity Law, was adopted across the entirety of Bavaria.
- 1661 – Charles II, King of England, Ireland, and Scotland was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
- 1918 – First World War: The British Royal Navy conducted an unsuccessful raid on the German-occupied port of Bruges-Zeebrugge in Belgium.
- 1951 – American journalist William N. Oatis was arrested for espionage by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia.
- 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company replaced its flagship soft drink, Coca-Cola, with "New Coke" (pictured), which generated so much negative response that the company put the previous formula back on the market less than three months later.
Did You Know?
- ... that Patricia Lovett created a medieval-style book of hours (pictured) for the BBC production of Wolf Hall?
- ... that Styling Garage charged luxury car customers almost the cost of the vehicle to convert it to gull-wing doors?
- ... that soprano Margarete Luise Schick, who performed roles such as Gluck's Iphigenie and Mozart's Zerlina with noted diction and acting, sang for the coronation of Leopold II?
- ... that Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro set up a "meditation workshop" to practice Dhammakaya meditation in shifts?
- ... that John A. Kenney Jr. was known as the "dean of black dermatology"?
- ... that the armored wheel loader Tosun was upgraded to remote-control because militants fired on the operator during the removal of barricades in southeastern Turkey?
- ... that Gavin Lowe went from being at John's to being at Hugh's, but finally ended up at Catherine's?
- ... that Yuta Shitara won 100 million yen for breaking the Japanese record at the 2018 Tokyo Marathon?
Today's Featured Article
The Destroying Angel and Daemons of Evil Interrupting the Orgies of the Vicious and Intemperate is an oil painting by English artist William Etty, first exhibited in 1832. With this openly moral piece, Etty hoped to respond to critics who found his nude paintings indecent and in poor taste. It depicts a classical temple under attack from a destroying angel and a group of daemons. Some of the occupants are dead or unconscious; others flee in terror or struggle against the daemons. When first exhibited The Destroying Angel was widely praised for its technical brilliance, but critics were divided on the subject matter. Some praised its vividness and ability to mix fear and beauty without descending into tastelessness; others criticised its theme as inappropriate, and chastised Etty for wasting his talents. Joseph Whitworth donated the painting in 1882 to the Manchester Art Gallery, where it remains. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
The Apple Bandai Pippin is a multimedia technology console designed by Apple Computer based on the Apple Pippin platform, and produced by Bandai. Only 100,000 of the consoles were produced between its 1996 release and 1997 discontinuation. The Bandai Pippin was intended to create an inexpensive computer aimed mostly at playing CD-based multimedia software, especially games, but also functioning as a thin client.
Photograph: Evan Amos
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