From today's featured article
Hurricane Connie was the first of three hurricanes to strike North Carolina in 1955. It formed on August 3 in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and killed three people in the United States Virgin Islands while passing nearby. Connie reached reported maximum sustained winds of 120 knots (140 mph, 220 km/h), making it a Category 4 hurricane, before it weakened and moved ashore on August 12. It tracked north through the Chesapeake Bay region, and was later absorbed by a cold front over Lake Huron on August 15. The hurricane caused around $86 million in damage, and at least 295,000 people nationwide lost power during the storm. In North Carolina, the storm killed 27 people. In the Chesapeake Bay, Connie capsized a boat, killing 14 people. There were also 4 deaths in Washington, D.C., 6 deaths each in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, 14 in New York, and 3 in Ontario. Connie was followed days later by Hurricane Diane, which caused $700 million in flood damage. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that M.O.N.T (pictured) was the first Korean idol group to film a music video on the disputed Liancourt Rocks?
- ... that the use of retentions in the British construction industry, which is now commonplace, had its origins in the Railway Mania of the 1840s?
- ... that Indian-American chef Raji Jallepalli, who is credited with "originating the fusion of classic French and Indian cuisines", originally trained as a microbiologist?
- ... that the Peleng tarsier, a small carnivorous primate, can rotate its head nearly 180 degrees in either direction?
- ... that German World War II general Heinz Guderian issued post-war apologetics for Hitler, writing that "his struggle was about Europe, even if he made dreadful mistakes and errors"?
- ... that a young Bob Smith, later famous as Wolfman Jack, got his first radio job as "Daddy Jules" at WYOU in Newport News, Virginia?
- ... that William Chapple discovered Euler's theorem and Poncelet's porism?
- ... that sculptures of rats outside the Graybar Building, near Grand Central Terminal, were included to signify New York City's role as a "great transportation centre"?
In the news
- The wreck of the cruiser SMS Scharnhorst, which sank during the Battle of the Falkland Islands in December 1914, is discovered.
- The Power of Siberia pipeline begins operations, delivering Russian natural gas to China.
- In Iraq, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi (pictured) resigns amidst ongoing protests.
- Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party is elected President of Uruguay.
On this day
- 1060 – Béla I was crowned King of Hungary in Székesfehérvár.
- 1847 – Mexican–American War: American and Mexican forces clashed at the Battle of San Pasqual, a series of skirmishes near San Diego, California.
- 1912 – The Nefertiti Bust (pictured), listed among the "Top 10 Plundered Artifacts" by Time magazine, was found in Amarna, Egypt, before being taken to Germany.
- 1989 – Claiming to be "fighting feminism", 25-year-old Marc Lépine killed fourteen women before committing suicide at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada.
- 1999 – The Recording Industry Association of America filed a lawsuit against the peer-to-peer file sharing network Napster, alleging that the service facilitated widespread copyright infringement.