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- All 233 people on board Ural Airlines Flight 178 survive a crash following bird strikes in both engines of an Airbus A321.
- Typhoon Lekima (satellite image shown) impacts the Philippines, the Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan and East China, killing at least 80 people.
- At least 75 people are killed and more than 50 others injured in a fuel tanker truck explosion in Morogoro, Tanzania.
Today in History
- 986 – Byzantine–Bulgarian wars: The Bulgarians defeated Byzantine forces at the Gate of Trajan near present-day Ihtiman, with Emperor Basil II barely escaping.
- 1959 – Kind of Blue by Miles Davis (pictured), one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed jazz recordings of all time, was released.
- 1969 – Hurricane Camille struck the Mississippi coast of the United States, killing 259 people and causing $1.42 billion in damages.
- 1999 – A 7.6 Mw earthquake struck northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000 people and leaving more than 250,000 homeless.
- 2009 – A turbine at Russia's Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia broke apart violently, flooding the power station, causing widespread power failures and killing 75 people.
Did You Know?
- ... that sagu (pictured) is a southern Brazilian dessert made with tapioca balls that are extracted from cassava, not from sago palms?
- ... that in 1979, fifteen-year-old Laura Michalek became the youngest athlete ever to win the Chicago Marathon?
- ... that woollen fabrics have been produced at the Knockando Woolmill since the 18th century?
- ... that the score of the song "Sweet Little Woman o' Mine", composed by Floy Little Bartlett, was played in the 1925 silent film The Big Parade?
- ... that the crimson seedcracker has two morphs, large-billed and small-billed, but this trait is not related to sex, age, body size, or location?
- ... that John Soothill gave "boy in the bubble syndrome" its formal name, severe combined immunodeficiency?
- ... that when built in the 1870s, New York City's Eastern Parkway was considered the world's first parkway designed for automobile traffic?
- ... that John Talbot White's last nature column before his death described a mouse escaping a weasel by jumping over its back?
Today's Featured Article
Paraceratherium was a hornless rhinoceros, and one of the largest terrestrial mammals that has ever existed. The genus lived during most of the Oligocene epoch (34–23 million years ago); its remains have been found across Eurasia between China and the Balkans. Its weight is estimated to have been 15 to 20 tonnes (33,000 to 44,000 lb); the shoulder height was about 4.8 metres (15.7 feet), and the length about 7.4 metres (24.3 feet). The legs were long and pillar-like. The long neck supported a skull that was about 1.3 metres (4.3 ft) long. It had large, tusk-like incisors and a nasal incision that suggests it had a prehensile upper lip or trunk. The lifestyle of Paraceratherium may have been similar to that of large mammals such as elephants and modern rhinoceroses. It was a browser, eating mainly leaves, soft plants, and shrubs. It lived in habitats ranging from arid deserts with scattered trees to subtropical forests. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Gene Kranz (born August 17, 1933) is an American aerospace engineer, former fighter pilot, and retired flight director and manager for NASA. Kranz served as NASA's second chief flight director, directing missions of the Gemini and Apollo programs, including the first lunar landing mission, Apollo 11. He is best known for directing the successful efforts by the Mission Control team to save the crew of Apollo 13; he was later portrayed in the major motion picture of the same name by actor Ed Harris. He is also noted for his close-cut flattop hairstyle and the dapper "mission" vests (waistcoats) of different styles and materials made by his wife, Marta Kranz, for his flight director missions.
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