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- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (pictured) wins the Man Booker Prize.
- The Syrian Democratic Forces declare victory in the Battle of Raqqa.
- The first observation of a neutron star merger in gravitational waves as well as gamma rays, visible light, and other forms of electromagnetic radiation is announced.
- Sooronbay Jeenbekov is elected President of Kyrgyzstan in the first peaceful transfer of power after a full term in the country's history.
- Twin bombings kill at least 320 people in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Today in History
- 1740 – Under the terms of the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, Maria Theresa (pictured) assumed the throne of the Habsburg Monarchy in Austria.
- 1939 – Pope Pius XII published his first major encyclical, Summi Pontificatus, which was seen as setting a tone for his papacy.
- 1967 – Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin filmed an unidentified subject at Six Rivers National Forest in California who they claimed was a Bigfoot.
- 1982 – During a UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, a large number of attendees tried to leave the Grand Sports Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium at the same time, resulting in a stampede that caused 66 deaths.
- 1991 – The Uttarkashi earthquake struck the Indian state of Uttarakhand, killing at least 768 people and destroying thousands of homes.
Did You Know?
- ... that Elisabet Ney's Lady Macbeth (detail pictured), whose face resembles the artist's own, has been interpreted as a self-portrait and expression of personal grief?
- ... that reinforcement is one of the few cases in which natural selection can directly influence the origin of new species?
- ... that Matt Page humorously edited historical images to include Axl Rose eating snacks?
- ... that the Dominican amber ant Odontomachus spinifer was named for its very large spine?
- ... that Averil Mansfield, a former president of the British Medical Association, was Britain's first female professor of surgery?
- ... that Guizhou Plateau forests are prone to drought stress despite high rainfall in the region?
- ... that N. Somana is one of only two Kodagu district politicians to be elected to the Lok Sabha?
- ... that Duke Huan of Qi's corpse was left to rot in his bedchamber while his sons fought for the throne of Qi?
Today's Featured ArticleBoogeyman 2 is a 2007 supernatural horror film edited and directed by Jeff Betancourt and written by Brian Sieve. It stars Danielle Savre as Laura Porter, a young woman who as a child witnessed the murder of her parents by an unknown assailant. Believing the killer to have been the Boogeyman, she participates in group therapy to overcome her phobia. After the creature becomes a reality, her fellow patients are murdered one by one, with their fears being used against them. Following the financial success of the previous film, production began in October 2006, with filming taking place at the former Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles. After a sold-out screening at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in October 2007, the film was released direct-to-video in January 2008. Critics described the plot and characters as unoriginal and boring but praised the death sequences and a more realistic approach to the Boogeyman, setting the film apart from contemporary creature features. Although Boogeyman 2 earned only around $4.3 million on a budget of $4.5 million, it was followed by Boogeyman 3, released in October 2008. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Curug Cipendok is a waterfall located near Purwokerto, Central Java, Indonesia. Measuring 92 m (302 ft) in height, it is one of the area's highest waterfalls. The site, which also hosts a campsite and lake, is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the Banyumas area.
Photograph: Chris Woodrich
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