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- An attacker drives a van into pedestrians on La Rambla in Barcelona, killing at least twelve people and injuring more than fifty others.
- At least four hundred people are killed by mudslides in and around Freetown, Sierra Leone.
- In golf, Justin Thomas wins the PGA Championship.
- A suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, kills fifteen people and injures forty others.
- In eSports, The International Dota 2 tournament concludes with Team Liquid defeating Newbee.
- In the United States, a car (pictured) is driven into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one and injuring nineteen others.
Today in History
- 986 – Byzantine–Bulgarian wars: The Bulgarians defeated Byzantine forces at the Gate of Trajan near present-day Ihtiman, with Emperor Basil II barely escaping.
- 1676 – The Battle of Halmstad was fought at Fyllebro and was the last battle in Halland between Denmark and Sweden.
- 1907 – Pike Place Market, the most popular tourist destination in Seattle, Washington, U.S., opened for business.
- 1947 – A commission led by Cyril Radcliffe established the Radcliffe Line, the border between India and Pakistan after the Partition of India.
- 1977 – The Soviet icebreaker NS Arktika (pictured) became the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
Did You Know?
- ... that Schloss Ledenburg (pictured), the residence of several families in succession, housed music that seemed lost?
- ... that surgeon Pankaj Chandak and his colleagues are believed to be the first surgical team to act in a television drama, namely The Crown?
- ... that during the early winter, the amphipod paramoera walkeri nearly cover the underside of Antarctic ice sheets?
- ... that "Gotta Get a Grip" is one of two new singles by Mick Jagger, his first solo material since the album Goddess in the Doorway was released in 2001?
- ... that Ayn Rand found the title for her novel The Fountainhead, her first major success, in a thesaurus?
- ... that Seyyed Abdollah Behbahani, a Shia theologian and leader of the constitutional movement, was assassinated in Iran and buried in Iraq?
- ... that video game Godville is a zero-player game, requiring no player interaction with the main character?
- ... that the band Liimanarina take their name from a Finnish word for "glue" and the creaking sound a door makes when it is opened?
Today's Featured Article
Hurricane Andrew (1992) was an Atlantic hurricane, the most destructive one ever in Florida. Named as a tropical storm on August 17, it hit the northwestern Bahamas six days later at Category 5 strength, leaving 1,700 people homeless, killing four, and disrupting the transport, communications, water, sanitation, agriculture, and fishing sectors. It struck Florida on August 24 with sustained wind speeds as high as 165 mph (270 km/h). In the city of Homestead in Miami-Dade County, it stripped many homes of all but their concrete foundations. Statewide, Andrew destroyed or damaged over 164,000 homes, killed 44 people, and left a record $25 billion in damage. A facility housing Burmese pythons was destroyed, releasing them into the Everglades, where they now number up to 300,000. The hurricane destroyed oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico before hitting Louisiana, where it downed 80% of the trees in the Atchafalaya River Basin, devastated agriculture, and caused 17 deaths. The storm spawned at least 28 tornadoes along the Gulf Coast, mostly in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. In total, Andrew caused $26.5 billion in damage and left 65 people dead. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Kue is a fairly broad term in Indonesian used to describe a wide variety of bite-sized snacks, including cakes, cookies, fritters, pies, scones, and patisserie. Kue demonstrate influences from indigenous, Chinese, Indian, and European cuisines, as well as European cake and pastry influences. For example, bakpia and kue ku are of Chinese Peranakan origin; kue putu is derived from the Indian puttu; kue bugis, klepon, nagasari, getuk, lupis and wajik are native origin; and lapis legit, kue cubit, kastengel, rissoles and pastel are European influenced.
Photograph: Gunawan Kartapranata
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