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- Canada bans the sale of assault-style firearms after a mass killing in Nova Scotia leaves twenty-two victims dead.
- After seventeen months of stalemate, the Likud and Blue and White parties reach an agreement for Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz (pictured) to share power in Israel.
- In the South Korean legislative election, the ruling Democratic Party and their allies increase their majority in the National Assembly.
Today in History
- 1536 – Spanish conquest of Peru: Sapa Inca emperor Manco Inca Yupanqui's army began a ten-month siege of Cusco against a garrison of Spanish conquistadors and Indian auxiliaries led by Hernando Pizarro.
- 1782 – Construction began on the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the official residence of the king of Thailand.
- 1937 – The German airship Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed (newsreel featured) during an attempt to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey, killing 36 people.
- 1941 – American entertainer Bob Hope performed his first show with the United Service Organizations, beginning a career that lasted 50 years.
- 2010 – Exacerbated by high-frequency traders using strategies that have since been banned, major U.S. stock indices dropped nearly 9 percent and quickly rebounded.
Did You Know?
- ... that the Ault Pottery is best known for making designs by Christopher Dresser (example pictured), some using second-hand moulds?
- ... that Charlotte Figi, a child who used cannabidiol to treat seizures caused by Dravet syndrome, had a medical cannabis strain named after her?
- ... that a wall and a statue of Mary that survived the World War II bombing of St. Kolumba in Cologne have been incorporated into a chapel within the Kolumba art museum?
- ... that Judy McClintock and her brother Joel were the first pair of siblings to win Water Ski World Championship titles?
- ... that KILO's broadcast license allowed the University of North Dakota to get out of the commercial broadcasting business?
- ... that the New South Wales Governor's Body Guard of Light Horse seemed to have been absent when Governor William Bligh was arrested during the Rum Rebellion?
- ... that Pacific Mall in Ontario, Canada, is the largest indoor Asian shopping mall in North America?
- ... that film director Fred Olen Ray made The Brain Leeches for $298.00?
Today's Featured Article
Unknown was an American pulp fantasy fiction magazine, published from 1939 to 1943 and edited by John W. Campbell. Unknown was a companion to Astounding Science Fiction, also edited by Campbell; many authors and illustrators contributed to both. Campbell wanted to publish a fantasy magazine with more finesse and humor than Weird Tales, the leading fantasy magazine in the 1930s. Campbell required his authors to avoid simplistic horror fiction and insisted that the fantasy elements be developed logically. Notable stories included several well-received novels by L. Ron Hubbard and Fritz Leiber's "Two Sought Adventure", the first in his Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series. Unknown was forced to a bimonthly schedule in 1941 by poor sales, and cancelled in 1943 when wartime paper shortages forced Campbell to choose between turning Astounding into a bimonthly or ending Unknown. The magazine is generally regarded as the finest fantasy fiction magazine ever published, despite the fact that it was not commercially successful. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Silver certificates were issued by the Republic of Cuba between 1934 and 1949. Prior and subsequent issues of Cuban banknotes were engraved and printed by non-governmental private banknote companies in the United States, but the series from 1934 to 1949 was designed, engraved, and printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing of the U.S. government.
This is a certified proof of a ten-peso silver certificate, prepared in 1936. The obverse depicts Cuban president Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y Quesada, with the engraved signatures of Ricardo Ponce (Secretary of the Treasury) and José Agripino Barnet (President of the Republic). The reverse, printed in brown, bears the Cuban coat of arms. This proof is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.Other denominations:
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