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- In Poland, protests break out following changes to abortion laws.
- At least 12 people are killed and 39 are missing after Typhoon Molave hits the Philippines and Vietnam.
- In baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Tampa Bay Rays to win the World Series (MVP Corey Seager pictured).
- In motor racing, Lewis Hamilton breaks the record for the most race wins in Formula One.
Today in History
- 1453 – Ladislaus the Posthumous (pictured) was crowned King of Bohemia, although George of Poděbrady remained in control of the government.
- 1707 – The Hōei earthquake ruptured all segments of the Nankai megathrust simultaneously – the only earthquake known to have done this.
- 1918 – The Czechoslovak provisional government declared the country's independence from Austria-Hungary, forming the First Czechoslovak Republic in Prague.
- 1940 – World War II: Italy invaded Greece after Greek prime minister Ioannis Metaxas rejected Benito Mussolini's ultimatum demanding the cession of Greek territory.
- 1995 – A fire broke out on a Baku Metro train in Azerbaijan's capital, killing 289 people and injuring 270 others in the world's deadliest subway disaster.
Did You Know?
- ... that the 20-foot (6 m) 19th-century yawl City of Ragusa (pictured) crossed the Atlantic twice, and President Grant came to see her?
- ... that Anthony J. Costello and associates proposed in 2005 that the nerves within the "veil of Aphrodite" mainly supplied the prostate rather than the corpora cavernosa?
- ... that following the Treaty of Ripon, signed on this day in 1640, a Scottish army had their expenses paid by England, while occupying northern England?
- ... that the queen and others apparently used to watch Malla kings taking baths in the Tusha Hiti?
- ... that horn player Helen Kotas Hirsch began performing with the Woman's Symphony Orchestra of Chicago at the age of 14?
- ... that Ganni was founded in 2000 as a cashmere brand, but resurfaced and gained popularity as a contemporary designer label almost 20 years later?
- ... that U.S. district judge Loretta Preska has presided over criminal cases against a basketball coach, a computer hacker, a Somali pirate, and a Rikers Island guard?
- ... that Airborne Cigar confused German night fighters by broadcasting sound over the voices of their ground controllers?
Today's Featured Article
Cetiosauriscus was a sauropod dinosaur that lived between 166 and 164 million years ago, during the Middle Jurassic. It was a herbivore with a moderately long tail and long forelimbs, compared to other sauropods. It has been estimated at about 15 metres (49 ft) long and between 4 and 10 tonnes (3.9 and 9.8 long tons; 4.4 and 11.0 short tons) in weight. Its only known fossil includes a hindlimb and most of the rear half of a skeleton. Found in Cambridgeshire, England, in the 1890s, it was described by Arthur Smith Woodward in 1905 as a new specimen of the species Cetiosaurus leedsi, which was moved to the new genus Cetiosauriscus in 1927 by Friedrich von Huene. In 1980, Alan Charig proposed the current name Cetiosauriscus stewarti. The fossil was found in the marine deposits of the Oxford Clay Formation alongside many invertebrate groups, marine ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and crocodylians, a single pterosaur, and various dinosaurs, including an ankylosaur, stegosaurs, and an ornithopod. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
The Australian raven (Corvus coronoides) is a passerine bird in the crow family Corvidae, native to much of southern and northeastern Australia. Measuring about 50 cm (20 in) in length, with a 100 cm (40 in) wingspan, it is Australia's largest species of corvid. The bird's white iris contrasts with the entirely black plumage. Feeding largely on insects and other invertebrates, it also consumes eggs, nestlings, roadkill and carrion, as well as vegetable material. Farmers sometimes persecute it on the grounds that it kills lambs, but a healthy lamb is probably beyond its capabilities, although it does eat lamb faeces and stillborn animals. This Australian raven, perched on a rock encrusted with barnacles, was photographed at Doughboy Head in New South Wales.
Photograph credit: John Harrison
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