From today's featured article
Adore is the fourth studio album by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins (vocalist Billy Corgan pictured), released on June 2, 1998, by Virgin Records. After the multi-platinum success of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and subsequent tour, the Pumpkins' follow-up album was highly anticipated, but drummer Jimmy Chamberlin had left the band, and the recording of Adore was challenging. The album featured a more subdued and electronica-tinged sound than the band's previous work; Greg Kot of Rolling Stone magazine called it "a complete break with the past". Sales for the album were far less than for the band's previous two albums, but it became the third straight Pumpkins album to be nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance. It was well received by critics, and has gained a cult following. A remastered and expanded version of the album was released on CD, vinyl and other formats in September 2014. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that Jagdschloss Kranichstein (depicted), a hunting lodge built by the landgraves of Darmstadt, served as a temporary residence for Louis IV and his wife Princess Alice?
- ... that journalist James Edwin Baum hunted big game in Africa for the Field Museum of Natural History?
- ... that Nakano Broadway in Tokyo, founded as a luxury shopping complex in 1966, became a destination for anime and manga fans in the 1980s?
- ... that first overall draft pick Nicolas Roy refused to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League unless his rights were traded to a Quebec team?
- ... that the Pulitzer Prize–winning opera The Central Park Five includes a role for Donald Trump?
- ... that Ipsita Biswas led the team that developed non-lethal plastic bullets for crowd control in Jammu and Kashmir?
- ... that Black Cap Mountain can be seen from both Bangor, Maine, and the sea?
- ... that TORPEDO, BATMAN, CASANOVA, ATLANTIS, and ISIS are all names of clinical trials?
In the news
- SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 make their first crewed launch (pictured) for NASA.
- Protests and riots break out across the United States following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
- Costa Rica becomes the first Central American country to legalise same-sex marriage.
- A Pakistan International Airlines passenger aircraft crashes in Karachi, killing ninety-seven people.
On this day
- 455 – After having removed Petronius Maximus from the imperial throne, Vandals led by Genseric entered Rome and sacked the city for two weeks.
- 1886 – Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom (wedding depicted), becoming the only U.S. president to wed in the White House.
- 1967 – German university student Benno Ohnesorg was killed during a protest in West Berlin against the visit of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran, sparking the formation of the militant 2 June Movement.
- 1995 – Bosnian War: U.S. Air Force captain Scott O'Grady was shot down while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone over Bosnia, but ejected safely and was rescued six days later.
- 2010 – A gunman carried out a shooting spree in Cumbria, England, killing 12 people and injuring 11 others before committing suicide.