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- The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army captures Al-Bab from ISIL.
- Astronomers announce that the star TRAPPIST-1 hosts seven exoplanets (artist's impression pictured), some orbiting in its habitable zone.
- South Sudan and the United Nations declare a famine in parts of the country.
- A suicide bombing at a shrine in Sehwan, Pakistan, kills at least 83 people and injures more than 250 others.
- The Indian Space Research Organisation's PSLV-C37 mission launches a record 104 satellites at once.
Today in History
- 747 BC – According to Ptolemy, the reign of the Babylonian king Nabonassar began and with it, a new era characterized by the systematic maintenance of chronologically precise historical records.
- 1233 – Mongol–Jin War: The Mongols captured Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin dynasty, after besieging it for months.
- 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba, an island off the coast of Italy where he had been exiled after the signing of the Treaty of Fontainebleau one year earlier.
- 1917 – The Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded "Livery Stable Blues" (audio featured), the first jazz single ever released.
- 2013 – A hot air balloon crashed near Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 people in the deadliest ballooning disaster in history.
Did You Know?
- ... that the former flag of Provo, Utah (pictured), was compared to Centrum vitamin bottles?
- ... that the sea snake barnacle is short-lived because it does not usually survive when its host sheds its skin?
- ... that Southampton reached the 2017 EFL Cup Final against Manchester United today without conceding a goal?
- ... that William Walsh was Bishop of Mauritius in 1892 when the country suffered one of its worst cyclones?
- ... that the Art Deco Théâtre de la Michodière in Paris has presented mostly boulevard plays?
- ... that a version of the Freeform television series Cloak & Dagger had been in development since 2011, when the network was still known as ABC Family?
- ... that the ZTE Orbit was the first Windows Phone to include near field communication?
- ... that former professional wrestling world champion Bruno Sammartino once wrestled an orangutan?
Today's Featured Article
York City Football Club has a long history as a professional association football club based in York, England. Founded in 1908, they played several seasons before and after the First World War in the Northern and Midland leagues. They were elected to play in the Football League for 1929–30, in the Third Division North. They had their best FA Cup season in 1954–55, when they reached the semi-final, but lost to the First Division club Newcastle United in a replay. York played in the Third Division North until 1958–59, when a league reorganisation landed them in the Fourth Division. The same season, they finished third and won their first promotion. Their only promotion into the Second Division came in 1973–74. By mid-October 1974, they were in fifth place—their highest league ranking—before finishing the season in 15th place. They faced two successive relegations in 1976 and 1977, and a 22nd-place finish in the 1977–78 Fourth Division forced the club to apply for re-election. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
The interior of St James's Church, Spanish Place, a large English Gothic Roman Catholic church in Marylebone, London. Although currently situated in George Street, the church maintains its connection with Spanish Place, the road opposite the current church, because of its historic connection with the Spanish Embassy. It is grade II* listed with Historic England.
Photograph: David Iliff
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