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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Siad Barre Leads Coup to Become President of Somalia (1969)

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Following the assassination of Somalia's president in 1969, a military coup installed Major General Mohamed Siad Barre as leader. His dictatorial administration was marked by human rights abuses and civil strife. Though he sought to end pervasive clan loyalties, warfare among rival factions intensified. In 1991, he was ousted. The country plunged into a civil war and has had no effective central government since. How did Siad Barre's regime terrorize the Majeerteen clan in particular? Discuss


The Saturday Night Massacre (1973)

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

While investigating the Watergate scandal, special prosecutor Archibald Cox subpoenaed audiotapes of conversations implicating US President Richard Nixon in a cover-up of a burglary of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. Nixon refused to produce the tapes and ordered the US attorney general and his deputy to fire Cox. On the same Saturday, both men resigned in protest, and public outcry eventually forced Nixon to surrender the tapes. What happened to Cox?


Black Monday: Dow Jones Industrial Average Falls 508 Points (1987)

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

On what is known in the financial world as Black Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points, nearly 23%—the largest drop since 1914. Although the cause of the crash is still debated, its result was immediately apparent: it sent the value of markets plummeting worldwide. By the end of the month, markets in Hong Kong and Australia had lost over 40%. That December, a group of eminent economists predicted that the next few years could be the worst since the Great Depression. Were they?



In the News

 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Squirrels Gone Wild: Their Quirky Behaviors Explained

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

At this very moment, squirrels throughout the northern hemisphere are busy getting fat and fluffy for the winter. But these industrious animals do more than gorge themselves. Their social structures, memories, and critical thinking skills are complex, yet seeing a ... Discuss


Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye. In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots in both eyes - rather than in just one ...


Penguin catastrophe leaves thousands of chicks dead with only 2 survivors

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

A penguin colony in Antarctica has suffered a massive breeding failure, with only two chicks surviving the disaster. Terre Adélie (Adélie Land) is home to more than 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins but, this year, almost all the seabirds' babies starved ...



Today's Birthdays

 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917)

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Considered one of the main innovators of bebop along with Charlie Parker, Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. His virtuosity and comic wit—in addition to his trademark puffed cheeks and 45-degree upturned trumpet bell—made him one of the most charismatic and influential musicians in jazz. Gillespie was once struck by a car while riding his bicycle. Though he was injured only slightly, a jury awarded him $1,000 because he could no longer do what? Discuss


Pauline Bonaparte (1780)

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

A woman of great beauty and considerable scandal, Pauline Bonaparte was Napoleon's favorite sister. She accompanied her first husband on an expedition to subdue Haiti, but he failed and died of yellow fever. Pauline then married a Roman nobleman, but she soon tired of him and returned to Paris, where her scandalous conduct earned her a reputation. Pauline was the only one of Napoleon's siblings to come to his aid when he was exiled to Elba, despite having incurred his disfavor for what?


John McLoughlin (1784)

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

A Canadian doctor and fur trader, McLoughlin became administrator of the far western region of England's Hudson's Bay Company in the 1820s. In spite of the strained relations between Britain and the US, "the Father of Oregon" offered help to American settlers in the disputed territory. After an 1846 treaty established the US-Canadian border farther north than he had hoped, he claimed a large tract of land whose ownership he disputed with the US until his death. Who was he accused of murdering?



Article of the Day

 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The Pyramid of the Magician

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The central structure in the ancient Mayan complex of Uxmal, Mexico, the Pyramid of the Magician is a step pyramid that was begun in the 6th century and expanded over the next 400 years. At the time, new temple pyramids were commonly built atop older ones, and this pyramid is the result of five nested temples. With its rounded sides, considerable height, steep slope, and elliptical base, the structure represents the pinnacle of late Maya art and architecture. How did it get its mysterious name? Discuss


Virtual Retinal Display

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Newly developed virtual retinal display (VRD) technology allows devices to project a graphical display directly onto a user's retina, creating the impression that the display is hovering in space in front of him. In the past, similar systems, which often came in the form of large sunglasses, simply projected images onto a small "screen" in front of the user's eye. Only recently have a number of developments made a true VRD system practical. What applications could VRDs have?


The Shaanxi Earthquake of 1556

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The deadliest earthquake on record and the fifth deadliest natural disaster in history, the Shaanxi earthquake of 1556 killed approximately 830,000 people in inner China. The quake destroyed an area spanning 520 miles, and aftershocks continued to rock the region several times a month for half a year. Contributing to the high death toll on the Loess Plateau was the fact that millions of people lived in artificial caves that were destroyed by landslides. What was the earthquake's magnitude?



Quotations of the Day

 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Jane Austen

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done. Discuss


Virginia Woolf

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.


Ambrose Bierce

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Quotation, n.: the act of repeating erroneously the words of another.




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