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- At least twenty soldiers are killed during skirmishes along the Line of Actual Control between China and India.
- The U.S. Supreme Court (building pictured) rules that gay and transgender people are protected from employment discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza dies in office at the age of 55.
Today in History
- 860 – Rus' forces sailed into the Bosporus in a fleet of about 200 vessels and started pillaging the suburbs of Constantinople (depicted).
- 1858 – Charles Darwin received a manuscript by fellow naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace on natural selection, which encouraged Darwin to publish his theory of evolution.
- 1940 – World War II: Charles de Gaulle gave his Appeal of 18 June speech, often considered to be the origin of the French Resistance.
- 1983 – Iranian teenager Mona Mahmudnizhad and nine other women were hanged in Shiraz because of their membership in the Bahá?í Faith.
- 2012 – Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was appointed crown prince of Saudi Arabia.
Did You Know?
- ... that the 1970 spoken-word poem "Whitey on the Moon" by Gil Scott-Heron (pictured) critiques the Moon landings carried out by the United States?
- ... that St Anselm's Church, Pembury, a Catholic church for former Anglicans, once used an altar on wheels?
- ... that North Texas was invited to play in the 2016 Heart of Dallas Bowl despite having a losing record?
- ... that Monita Rajpal, whose first job out of college was as a receptionist, has interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev, Vicente Fox, Al Gore, Tom Ford, and I. M. Pei?
- ... that the male giant glass frog has a hooked spur on his upper arm which is used when fighting rivals?
- ... that the 1980s American manufacturer Parallel Computers, Inc., was part of a wave of new companies trying to make fault-tolerant systems?
- ... that Abu Said Faraj instigated Ceuta to declare independence from the Marinid Sultanate in 1304, only to conquer the city for Granada two years later?
- ... that future government minister Alistair Burt attended the A Question of Europe debate wearing a beret, a striped shirt, and a string of onions?
Today's Featured Article
Meinhard Moser (1924–2002) was an Austrian mycologist. His work principally concerned the taxonomy, chemistry, and toxicity of gilled mushrooms (Agaricales), especially the genus Cortinarius. Moser completed his doctorate at the University of Innsbruck in 1950, then briefly worked in England. He joined Austria's Federal Forestry Research Institute in 1952, conducting research on the use of mycorrhizal fungi in reforestation. He began lecturing at Innsbruck in 1956, becoming a professor in 1964. He became the inaugural head of Austria's first Institute of Microbiology in 1972. He remained with the Institute until his retirement in 1991, and his scientific studies continued until his death in 2002. He was an influential mycologist, describing around 500 new fungal taxa and publishing several important books. In particular, his 1953 book on European mushrooms, published in English as Keys to Agarics and Boleti, saw several editions both in German and in translation. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
The brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis) is a medium-sized bulbul native to eastern Asia. Reaching a length of about 28 cm (11 in), it is grayish-brown, with brown cheeks (the "brown ears" of the common name), a small spiky crest and a long tail. A bird of the forest canopy, it is also found in plantations, parks and gardens. During the summer, the bird feeds primarily on insects, but in the winter the diet consists mainly of fruits and seeds. In addition, it feeds on nectar from Camellia flowers, becoming dusted with pollen in the process. This brown-eared bulbul was photographed in Tennōji Park in Osaka, Japan.
Photograph credit: Laitche
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