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- The Irish general election concludes with no party holding a majority of seats in Dáil éireann (chamber pictured).
- South Korean film Parasite wins four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Bong Joon-ho.
- A mass shooting in Korat, Thailand, leaves 30 people dead and more than 50 others injured.
- Two avalanches near the Turkish town of Bah?esaray kill at least 41 people.
Today in History
- 1674 – Charles II of England signed the Treaty of Westminster to end the Third Anglo-Dutch War, confirming English and Dutch sovereignty over New Netherland and Surinam, respectively.
- 1811 – Peninsular War: Outnumbered French forces under édouard Mortier routed and nearly destroyed Spanish troops at the Battle of the Gebora near Badajoz, Spain.
- 1937 – Italian forces began a brutal crackdown on Ethiopians following an attempted assassination of Rodolfo Graziani (pictured), the viceroy of Italian East Africa, in Addis Ababa.
- 1954 – The Soviet Union transferred the administration of the Crimean Oblast from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR, an act that remains controversial today.
- 2012 – Forty-four inmates died during a riot at a prison in Apodaca, Mexico.
Did You Know?
- ... that the Great Hall (pictured) of New York City's Cunard Building was formerly used as a post office?
- ... that French Resistance fighter Henri Fertet was executed by occupying German forces during World War II at the age of 16?
- ... that Israeli supermarket chain Yeinot Bitan purchased its rival, Mega, in 2015, becoming the country's second-largest by number of branches?
- ... that as a child, Indian archery champion Pravin Jadhav was undernourished and lived in a shack near a drain?
- ... that the First Baptist Church is Toronto's oldest black institution?
- ... that the coloratura soprano Julia Bauer played five roles in Der Ring in Minden, including her on-stage portrayal of the Forest Bird in Siegfried?
- ... that the local medical officer thought it "inconceivable" that the Croydon typhoid outbreak of 1937 was caused by contaminated water?
- ... that Dua Saleh's debut single "First Take" was recorded in a single take?
Today's Featured Article
Kosmoceratops was a ceratopsid dinosaur that lived in what is now the U.S. state of Utah about 76.4–75.5 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous. Specimens of the genus were discovered in Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument in 2006 and 2007. It had an estimated length of 4.5 m (15 ft) and weight of 1.2 t (1.3 short tons). Kosmoceratops (from Greek for "ornate horned face") was named for its skull, the most ornamented of any known dinosaur, with fifteen well-developed horns and horn-like structures. It had a triangular beak with a pointed tip, a blade-like nasal horn, and two horns that pointed up and to the sides, then downwards. The neck frill was short from front to back, with eight hook-like processes on the hind margin curving forwards, and two curving to the sides. Kosmoceratops grew rapidly and, like modern birds and mammals, had an elevated metabolism. Its teeth were adapted to chewing fibrous plants. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
The Café-Concert is an 1879 oil-on-canvas painting by French artist édouard Manet, now in the collection of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. It is one of several works set in the Brasserie Reichshoffen on the Boulevard Marguerite-de-Rochechouart in Paris, depicting social life at the end of the 19th century. The three main figures in the work form a triangle, each seemingly unaware of the presence of the others; the waitress drinks beer, the woman at the bar smokes a cigarette and appears subdued, and the man watches the performance of singer "La Belle Polonaise", reflected in a mirror in the background. The figures of the individuals represented are not clearly defined, but modelled with brushstrokes. Manet was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.
Painting credit: édouard Manet
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