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- Canada becomes the second country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
- At least 192 people are feared dead as an overloaded tourist ferry capsizes in Lake Toba, Indonesia.
- In golf, Brooks Koepka wins the U.S. Open at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (pictured).
- At least twenty-one people die in a stampede after a tear-gas canister detonates in a Caracas nightclub.
- Saudi-backed troops begin an attack on Houthi forces in the port of Al Hudaydah, Yemen.
Today in History
- 1280 – Reconquista: Troops of the Emirate of Granada defeated those of the Kingdom of Castile and the Kingdom of León in the Battle of Moclín.
- 1594 – Anglo-Spanish War: During the Action of Faial, an English attempt to capture a Portuguese carrack, reputedly one of the richest ever to set sail from the Indies, caused it to explode with all the treasure lost.
- 1894 – Led by French historian Pierre de Coubertin (pictured), an international congress at the Sorbonne in Paris founded the International Olympic Committee to reinstate the ancient Olympic Games.
- 1982 – Chinese American Vincent Chin died after being beaten into a coma in Highland Park, Michigan, U.S., by two automotive workers who were angry about the success of Japanese auto companies.
- 2013 – A group of militants stormed a high-altitude mountaineering base camp in Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan, and killed 11 people; 10 climbers and one local guide.
Did You Know?
- ... that the caldera of the volcano Sollipulli is filled with ice (pictured)?
- ... that Giulia Bongiorno, a defense lawyer in both the Giulio Andreotti trials and the Amanda Knox trial, is now the Italian Minister of Public Administration?
- ... that the composer of Rocket League used his old music to create the game's original soundtrack?
- ... that Shmerke Kaczerginski saved over 250 Jewish songs about the Holocaust from destruction?
- ... that Klinger, a US Army horse serving with the 3rd Infantry Regiment, has participated in more than 5,000 full-honor military funerals?
- ... that the London firm of Mary Hayley arranged the shipment of tea involved in the Boston Tea Party?
- ... that the 1876 hymn "Ein Haus voll Glorie schauet" is used for festive occasions such as the millennium of the Bamberg Cathedral, but with drastically changed text?
- ... that after a 1995 subway collision, speed limits were lowered across the New York City Subway system, contributing to widespread train delays?
Today's Featured Article
The equestrian statue of Edward Horner stands inside St Andrew's Church in the village of Mells in Somerset, south-western England. The sculpture was designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and executed by the equestrian painter and war artist Alfred Munnings. It is a memorial to Edward Horner, who died of wounds in the First World War. Edward Horner was the only surviving son and heir of Sir John and Lady Frances Horner of Mells Manor and a member of an extended upper-class social group known as the Coterie, many of whom were killed in the war. Lutyens was a friend of the Horner family, having designed buildings and structures for them since the beginning of the 20th century. For Horner's memorial, Lutyens designed the plinth himself, and engaged Munnings for the latter's first public work of sculpture. The statue is a bronze of a cavalry officer on horseback, bare-headed, with his helmet and sword on the horse's saddle. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
|Man Writing a Letter and Woman Reading a Letter, two oil paintings on panel completed by Gabriël Metsu c. the 1660s. The former shows a young man sitting in front of an open window, writing a letter with a quill pen, while the latter depicts a woman reading a letter, which the work's symbolism suggests is a romantic one. These paintings are generally considered companion pieces, with the man writing the letter that the woman is reading. They have been held—and twice stolen—as a pair since at least the early 18th century, when the works were owned by Hendrick Sorgh of Amsterdam. The works were donated to the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin in 1987.
Painting: Gabriël Metsu
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