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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, August 9, 2022



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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A typical summertime pattern continues with a subtropical ridge in the western Atlantic extending over the southeastern U.S. through at least the middle of the week. Moisture will pool ahead of a cold front approaching from the north on Wednesday and cross the area Thursday. A reinforcing cold front will cross the region from the north on Friday and usher in much drier air and cooler temperatures through the upcoming weekend.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 4am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then a chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 70%.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then showers likely, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 4am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs near 80. Calm winds becoming west around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then a chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 70%.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 11pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%.

Thursday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected today with more widespread coverage Wednesday into Thursday. With abundant moisture and potential for locally heavy/persistent rainfall due to slow storm motion, localized flash flooding will be an increasing concern again Wednesday into Thursday. Additionally, strong gusty winds are possible within any strong storm Tuesday through Thursday.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Aug 9 2022

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A tropical wave continues to produce a large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms over the eastern tropical Atlantic a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Gradual development of this system is possible and a tropical depression could form around the middle to latter portion of the week before environmental conditions become less favorable by this weekend. This system is expected to move westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the tropical Atlantic during the next several days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - August 8, 2022: Tracking 97L





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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No smoke fields will be crossing Macon County today, no map was produced.












Air quality is in theupper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range 3.9 out of 12) today with Grasses, Nettle, and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (6.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for August 9th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 47°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1989
Greatest Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1952
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of August
Data available from 1873 to 2022

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County




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Macon Calendar
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Local and State News


• Report: It will cost $6.3M to rename Fort Bragg to Fort Liberty [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC Sens. Tillis, Burr face backlash for insulin vote in Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act [Raleigh News and Observer]

• He reported his supervisor choking a handcuffed man. Then he was fired. [WBTV-TV (Charlotte, NC)]

• SROs to wear body cameras in Jackson County schools [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]


State Budget Details

• NC Budget Table of Contents [Google Drive (PDF)]

• NC House Bill 103: 2022 Appropriations Act [Google Drive (PDF)]

• Joint Conference Committee Report on the Current Operations Appropriations Act of 2022 [Google Drive (PDF)]

• House Bill 103 Information and Voting History [NC General Assembly Website]

• Raises for state employees, preparations for recession, in proposed state budget [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]


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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, August 08 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for August 8th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 166 [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine's security forces foil Russian assassination attempts on Defence Minister and intelligence chief [Yahoo! News]

• Can America’s Most Fearsome Howitzer Repel Russia's Superior Forces in the Ukraine? [Popular Mechanics]




JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (Day 148-158)







• Russia-Ukraine updates: Ukraine hits bridges in Russian-held Kherson [DW News]

• Russia suspends inspections of strategic arms under US treaty [A l Jazeera]

• Ukraine reports heavy Russian shelling along Donbas front [France 24]

• As Many as 80,000 Russian Troops Hurt or Killed in Ukraine, Pentagon Says [Wall Street Journal]

• In a Summer of Feints, Russia and Ukraine Try to Predict Enemy’s Next Move [New York Times]

• Russia using Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as army base - Ukraine [BBC News]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• China’s exports to Russia soar – data [Russia Today]

• Ukrainian army about to break down completely [Pravda ]

• Biden to sign NATO accession protocols for Sweden, Finland on August 9 [TASS Russian News Agency]

The causes and consequences of the Ukraine war A lecture by John J. Mearsheimer



The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

• FBI executes search warrant at Trump's Mar-a-Lago in document investigation [CNNE]

• Trump says Mar-a-Lago home in Florida 'under siege' by FBI agents [Fox News]

• Secret Service protection would follow Donald Trump to the slammer if he ever ended up there, former agents say [BUsiness Insider via Yahoo! News]

• Gabby Petito's family files $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Utah police [NBC News]

• Olivia Newton-John, superstar singer and actress, dies at 73 [KALB-TV (Alexandria, LA)]

• Zoonotic Langya virus found in China, CDC says [Taipei Times]

What China’s Military Exercises Reveal About Its Taiwan Strategy | WSJ



• Here's what would happen to markets and the economy if China attacked Taiwan [Yahoo! Finiance]


Global National: Aug. 8, 2022 | Canada's RCMP used spyware capable of controlling cellphones



Nightly News Full Broadcast - August 08


PBS NewsHour Full Episode August 8th, 2022



• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]



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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:26pm CEST, 5 August 2022, there have been 579,092,623 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,407,556 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 August 2022, a total of 12,308,330,588 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:26pm CEST, 5 August 2022, there have been 90,706,508 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,021,995 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 29 July 2022, a total of 595,655,408 vaccine doses have been administered.

• UAB: Study shows PPE was highly effective against COVID-19 in emergency department workers [WBRC-TV (Birmingham, AL)]

• Covid becomes Australia’s third most common cause of death in 2022 [The Guardian]

• Californians are staying infected with the coronavirus for a long time. Here’s why [Los Angeles Times]

• Pandemic setbacks loom as students move to college [AP News via Yahoo! News]

• TWiV 925: First kisses and second doses [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• A Phone Carrier That Doesn’t Track Your Browsing or Location [Wired]

• Backward Shockwaves From Deep Space Are Puzzling Scientists [Popular Mechanics]

• Google outage reported by thousands of users around the world [CNBC]

• Antitrust Bill Targeting Big Tech in Limbo as Congress Prepares to Recess [Wall Street Journal]

• Malcolm Gladwell says it’s ‘not in your best interest to work from home.’ Nearly 20 years ago he said he ‘hates desks’ and writes from his couch [Fortune]

• San Diego Citizens Wrest Control of Surveillance Tech Away From Police [Gizmodo]

• Over 100K Cars Cut From North American Production This Week Due to Chip Shortage [CNET]

• Hacker Finds Kill Switch for Submachine Gun–Wielding Robot Dog [Vice News]

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Lamplight TV]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

The Level1 Show August 9 2022: Ding Dong Detained



BobaTech: Squid Game and the rise of K-Dramas - DTNS Experiment Week | Daily Tech News Show



Peter Thiel and the CIA | Andrew Bustamante and Lex Fridman



Andrew Bustamante: CIA Spy | Lex Fridman Podcast #310



Threadripper 5000 Launch - Live Chat, and Live Systems | Level1 Techs



Nvidia is DESPERATE To Sell GPUs! | Gamer Meld



Alien Refugees | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Fear in Russia | Inside Russia



Russia, Ukraine trade blame over attacks on nuclear plant | Ukraine Update



Cruise and ballistic missiles in Ukraine - effectiveness, lessons (and are the Russians running out?) | Perun



Young Ukrainians volunteer to help rebuild destroyed homes | Al Jazeera



Ukraine reports heavy Russian shelling along Donbas front | FRANCE 24 English







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On This Day

August 9 is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 144 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)

48 BC – Caesar's Civil War: Battle of Pharsalus: Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey flees to Egypt.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Pharsalus]
• [The Battle of Pharsalus (48 B.C.E.)] (Historia Civilis)
• [Battle of Pharsalus 48 BC - Caesar's Civil War] (Kings and Generals)
• [Pharsalus (48 BCE)] (Livius.org)
• [Battle Stack: The Battle of Pharsalus (Caesar vs Pompey) tactics]
• [The Battle of Pharsalus: How Caesar Won a Civil War While Outnumbered Two to One] (War history Online)
• [Dramatization from BBC]
• [Roman epic poem by the poet Lucan]
• [Britannica Encyclopedia Entry]
• [Wikipedia: Caesar's Civil War]

378 – Gothic War: Battle of Adrianople: A large Roman army led by Emperor Valens is defeated by the Visigoths. Valens is killed along with over half of his army.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Adrianople]
• [Battle of Adrianople 378 - Roman-Gothic War ] (Kings and Generals)
• [The Battle of Adrianople 378 AD] (BazBattles)
• [Wikipedia: Gothic War (376–382)]
• [The Gothic War (376-382) The Fall of Rome #2] (History Time)

1173 – Construction of the campanile of the Cathedral of Pisa (now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa) begins; it will take two centuries to complete. 1329 – Quilon, the first Indian Christian Diocese, is erected by Pope John XXII; the French-born Jordanus is appointed the first Bishop. 1428 – Sources cite biggest caravan trade between Podvisoki and Republic of Ragusa in 1428. Vlachs committed to Ragusan lord Tomo Bunić, that they will with 600 horses deliver 1500 modius of salt. Delivery was meant for Dobrašin Veseoković, and Vlachs price was half of delivered salt. 1500 – Ottoman–Venetian War (1499–1503): The Ottomans capture Methoni, Messenia.

1610 – The First Anglo-Powhatan War begins in colonial Virginia.
• [Wikipedia: Anglo-Powhatan Wars]
• [Anglo-Powhatan Wars | 3 Minute History]
• [Jamestown and the Powhatan Wars] (J History)
• [The Powhatan Confederacy (HIST 114 - 2.09)] (Campion College)

1751 - NC History James Davis issues the North Carolina Gazette, the first newspaper in North Carolina.
• [Wikipedia: North-Carolina Gazette]
• [Digitial NC: The Noth. Carolina Gazette [1751-1759] (New Bern, N.C.)]
• [NCPedia: North-Carolina Gazette]

1810 – Napoleon annexes Westphalia as part of the First French Empire.
• [The Ephemeral States of the Napoleonic Period]

1814 – Indian Wars: The Creek sign the Treaty of Fort Jackson, giving up huge parts of Alabama and Georgia.
• [Wikipedia: Treaty of Fort Jackson]
• ["Alabama Fever in the Wake of the Treaty of Fort Jackson" by Tom Kanon]
• [Wikipedia: American Indian Wars]

1830 – Louis Philippe becomes the king of the French following abdication of Charles X. 1842 – The Webster–Ashburton Treaty is signed, establishing the United States–Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains. 1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Cedar Mountain: At Cedar Mountain, Virginia, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson narrowly defeats Union forces under General John Pope.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Cedar Mountain]
• [Wikipedia: Northern Virginia campaign]
• [Civil War 125th Anniversary Battle of Cedar Mountain - Re-enacting Retro]
• [1862-52 Cedar Mountain August 9 1862]
• [Medical Care at the Battle of Cedar Mountain - August 9, 1862] (video will go live at 1pm)

1877 – Indian Wars: Battle of the Big Hole: A small band of Nez Percé Indians clash with the United States Army.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Big Hole]
• [Wikipedia: Nez Perce War]
• [BIHO The Battle of the Big Hole]
• [Big Hole National Battlefield - Tragedy in Montana]
• [Big Hole National Battlefield Movie]
• [Big Hole National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)]

1892 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.
• [Wikipedia: List of Edison patents]

1902 – Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 1907 – The first Boy Scout encampment concludes at Brownsea Island in southern England. 1914 – Start of the Battle of Mulhouse, part of a French attempt to recover the province of Alsace and the first French offensive of World War I.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Mulhouse]
• [Mountain Combat In The Vosges - The Battle For Alsace-Lorraine I THE GREAT WAR Special]
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Frontiers]

1925 – A train robbery takes place in Kakori, near Lucknow, India. 1936 – Summer Olympic Games: Games of the XI Olympiad: Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the games.
• [Jesse Owens immortalized by his fourth gold medal]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Jesse Owens]
• [Movietone Newsreel]
• [Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics in 1936]

1942 – World War II: Battle of Savo Island: Allied naval forces protecting their amphibious forces during the initial stages of the Battle of Guadalcanal are surprised and defeated by an Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser force.
• [Battle of Savo Island]
• [Battle of Savo Island]
• [Drachinfel: Guadalcanal Campaign - 1st Savo IslandLINKTEXT]
• [Why was the US Navy mauled at Savo Island?]
• [[EN] Armchair Admirals Episode III - Battle of Savo Island | EnStream 2020]

1944 – The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.
• [SmokeyBear.com: About the Campaign]
• [THE STORY OF SMOKEY BEAR w/ HOPALONG CASSIDY U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIRE FIGHTERS] (1953)
• [History of Smokey Bear]
• [The Story of Smokey Bear]
• [Smokey the Bear Dies - Decades TV Network]

1944 – Continuation War: The Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive, the largest offensive launched by Soviet Union against Finland during the Second World War, ends to a strategic stalemate. Both Finnish and Soviet troops at the Finnish front dug to defensive positions, and the front remains stable until the end of the war. 1945 – World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200–28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers.
• [Wikipedia: Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki]
• [Atomic Archive: The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki]
• [Nagasaki Bomb - 1945 | Movietone Moments]

1945 – The Red Army invades Japanese-occupied Manchuria.

1949 - NC History The first locally-established arts council in the United States is formed in Winston-Salem.
• [Wikipedia: Arts Council of Winston-Salem Forsyth County]
• [Official Website]

1960 – South Kasai secedes from the Congo. 1965 – Singapore is expelled from Malaysia and becomes the only country to date to gain independence unwillingly.

1969 – Followers of Charles Manson murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, men's hairstylist Jay Sebring and recent high-school graduate Steven Parent.
• [Wikipedia: Manson Family]
• [Inside Charles Manson's crazed cult | 60 Minutes Australia]
• [Susan Atkins Interview (1976) - Description of Sharon Tate Murder]

1970 – LANSA Flight 502 crashes after takeoff from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco, Peru, killing 99 of the 100 people on board, as well as two people on the ground. 1971 – The Troubles: The British Army in Northern Ireland launches Operation Demetrius. Hundreds of people are arrested and interned, thousands are displaced, and twenty are killed in the violence that followed.

1973 – Mars 7 is launched from the USSR.

1974 – As a direct result of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, becomes president.
• [Swearing in Ceremony of Gerald R. Ford as 38th President of the United States, August 9, 1974]
• [Biography]
• [Ambition, Pragmatism and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford]

1991 – The Italian prosecuting magistrate Antonino Scopelliti is murdered by the 'Ndrangheta on behalf of the Sicilian Mafia while preparing the government's case in the final appeal of the Maxi Trial. 1993 – The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan loses a 38-year hold on national leadership. 1999 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet. 2003 - NC History A flood washes away the Pisgah Covered Brisdge in Randolph County. It is later rebuilt.
• [Wikipedia: Pisgah Covered Bridge]
• [HD Carolina: Pisgah Covered Bridge]

2006 – At least 21 suspected terrorists are arrested in the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot that happened in the United Kingdom. The arrests are made in London, Birmingham, and High Wycombe in an overnight operation.

2013 – Gunmen open fire at a Sunni mosque in the city of Quetta killing at least ten people and injuring 30.

2014 – Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American male in Ferguson, Missouri, is shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer after reportedly assaulting the officer and attempting to steal his weapon, sparking protests and unrest in the city.
• [Wikipedia: Shooting of Michael Brown]
• [Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory]
• [RAW COVERAGE: Ferguson, Missouri, Round Two]

2017 - Giant inflatable chicken resembling US President Donald Trump placed outside US White House as a political protest

• [New York Times]
• [Inflatable chicken resembling Trump (video)]
• [It's gonna be huge: China factory hatches giant Trump chickens (video)]

2018 - Argentina's Senate rejects bill to legalize abortion in first 14 weeks

2020 - Brazil passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world's 2nd highest, with over 3 million recorded cases

2020 - Disputed Belarusian presidential election sees long time dictator Alexander Lukashenko officially win 80% of the votes but unofficially lose 60-70% of the votes to main opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Sparks widespread protests in Belarus and international condemnation.

• [Wikipedia: 2020 Belarusian presidential election]
• [Belarus President Is Secretly Inaugurated Weeks After Disputed Election]
• [Violent protests in Belarus after Lukashenko claims election victory (video)]


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Published at 4:00am on Tuesday, August 09, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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Monday, August 8, 2022

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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A typical summertime pattern is expected to continue with a subtropical ridge in the western Atlantic extending over the southeastern U.S. through at least the middle of the week. Moisture will pool ahead of a cold front approaching from the north on Wednesday and crossing the area Thursday. A reinforcing cold front will cross the region from the north on Friday and usher in much drier air and cooler temperatures through the upcoming weekend.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Widespread dense fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Widespread dense fog, mainly after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Widespread dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Widespread dense fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 82. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Widespread fog, mainly after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Widespread dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 5am. Lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of rain is 80%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Scattered mainly afternoon and evening showers and storms are expected for today and Tuesday, with increasing coverage of storms for Wednesday and Wednesday night as a frontal boundary moves toward the region. Main concerns will continue to be heavier rains and localized flash flooding, and strong and gusty winds with the stronger thunderstorms.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Aug 8 2022

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the far eastern tropical Atlantic are associated with a tropical wave. Environmental conditions appear generally conducive for gradual development of this system while it moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic, and a tropical depression could form around the middle to latter part of this week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - August 7, 2022: New Tropical Depression or Storm?





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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No smoke fields will be crossing Macon County today, no map was produced.












Air quality is in theupper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range 4.9 out of 12) today with Grasses, Nettle, and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.6 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for August 8th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 44°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1948
Greatest Rainfall 3.03 inches in Highlands in 2020
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of August
Data available from 1873 to 2022

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County




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Macon Calendar
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Local and State News


• Brother Wolf makes urgent plea for foster homes amid shelter overpopulation crisis [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Western NC sheriff plans to put AR-15s in schools for officer access [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• The NC Museum of Art races to finish its major reimagination before October reopening [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Word from the Smokies: Safe Passage facilitator Jeff Hunter named Conservationist of Year [Asheville Citizen Times]

• Energetic debate: Duke’s carbon plan proposal elicits criticism [Smoky Mountain News]


State Budget Details

• NC Budget Table of Contents [Google Drive (PDF)]

• NC House Bill 103: 2022 Appropriations Act [Google Drive (PDF)]

• Joint Conference Committee Report on the Current Operations Appropriations Act of 2022 [Google Drive (PDF)]

• House Bill 103 Information and Voting History [NC General Assembly Website]

• Raises for state employees, preparations for recession, in proposed state budget [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]


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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, August 07 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for August 7th]

Cruise and ballistic missiles in Ukraine - effectiveness, lessons (and are the Russians running out?) | Perun



• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 163 [Al Jazeera]

Ukraine’s Unstoppable Medics I Close Up






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (Day 148-158)







• US readies $1bn weapons package for Ukraine: Report [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine updates: Kyiv, Moscow trade blame over nuclear plant shelling [DW News]

• Russia ups the pressure on Ukraine's northern Sumy region [France 24]

• Russia Bars Exxon and Other Western Investors From Selling Shares in Strategic Businesses [Wall Street Journal (click listen to article to hear it read to you)]

• Blasts Reported at Nuclear Plant Seized by Russia [New York Times]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• UN chief slams ‘suicidal’ attacks on nuclear plant [Russia Today]

• Russia demands US nuclear weapons in Europe be removed [Pravda ]

• There will be ‘no UN, able to respond’ if nuclear conflict breaks out — secretary-general [TASS Russian News Agency]

The causes and consequences of the Ukraine war A lecture by John J. Mearsheimer



The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

Senate passes Inflation Reduction Act in 51-50 vote| ABC News



• Senate Passes Inflation Reduction Act. What’s Inside. [Barron's]

• Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 [Wikipedia (includes legislative history)]

Would EU membership keep Russia out of Georgia? | Focus on Europe



• Exclusive: Trump-backed Michigan attorney general candidate involved in voting-system breach, documents show [Reuters]

• ‘They beat girls just for smiling’: life in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban’s return [The Guardian]

• Utah-based Lions Not Sheep apparel company fined for swapping ‘Made in China’ tags for ‘Made in USA’ [Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)]

Donald Trump speaks at CPAC 2022



Meet The Press Broadcast (Full) August 7 – Rep. Nancy Mace, Stacey Abrams, Sen. Chris Van Hollen



Face The Nation: Daly, Meeks, Hsiao, Meijer



ABC NEWS This Week With George Stephanopoulos 08/07/2022 Full Episode | ABC Breaking News Sunday




Global National: Aug. 7, 2022 | Wildfires across Canada being fuelled by hot, dry weather



Nightly News Full Broadcast - August 07


PBS NewsHour Full Episode August 7th, 2022



• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]



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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:26pm CEST, 5 August 2022, there have been 579,092,623 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,407,556 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 August 2022, a total of 12,308,330,588 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:26pm CEST, 5 August 2022, there have been 90,706,508 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,021,995 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 29 July 2022, a total of 595,655,408 vaccine doses have been administered.

What scientists can learn from the coronavirus pandemic | COVID-19 Special



• 1 in 8 adults end up with long COVID, new Dutch study finds [Global News (Canada)]

• Germany announces new Covid measures for fall, expecting another wave of infections [CNBC]

• TWiV 924: TWiV clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• Risk of Myocarditis after Covid-19 mRNA Vaccination: Impact of Booster Dose and Dosing Interval [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• Long COVID: which symptoms can be attributed to SARS-CoV-2 infection? [The Lancet]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Humans are not prepared for a pandemic caused by fungal infections [National Geographic]

• Amazon’s Roomba Deal Is Really About Mapping Your Home [Bloomberg]

• Apple asks suppliers in Taiwan to label products as made in China – report [The GHuardian]

• U.S. Automakers Say 70% of EV Models Would Not Qualify for Tax Credit Under Senate Bill [US News]

• Dozens of fake news websites and social media accounts pushed pro-China talking points [CNBC]

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Lamplight TV]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

Chorizo in Spaaaaaaaaace! - Amazon buys iRobot, Mofi vinyl controversy, Cybertruck cost increase | This Week in Tech



Leo Laporte - The Tech Guy: 1916



Let's Call It an Upgrade | LINUX Unplugged 470



Space junk: How do we solve the problem of dead satellites? | BBC News



The Gutians - Babylon's Barbarians | Study of Antiquity and the Middle Ages



John Carmack: Doom, Quake, VR, AGI, Programming, Video Games, and Rockets | Lex Fridman Podcast #309



208: Linux 5.19, Linux Mint 21, DreamWorks, Fedora Linux, SCALE 19x and more Linux news! | This Week in Linux

Alex Jones and Sandy Hook Defamation Lawsuits | Dangers of Conspiracist Ideation | Dr Todd Grande






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Growing Alarm Over Explosions At Ukraine And Europe’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant | NBC News



Grain shipments leave Ukraine, but will they find any takers? | DW News



Cruise and ballistic missiles in Ukraine - effectiveness, lessons (and are the Russians running out?) | Perun



Russia rockets damaged part of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant says Ukraine | BBC News



Russia-Ukraine war: UN nuclear watchdog calls for end to military action near plant | WION



US-Russia space relations deteriorate amid tensions on Earth | ABC News







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On This Day

August 8th is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 145 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)

870 – Treaty of Meerssen: King Louis the German and his half-brother Charles the Bald partition the Middle Frankish Kingdom into two larger east and west divisions.

1220 – Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula.

1264 – Mudéjar revolt: Muslim rebel forces took the Alcázar of Jerez de la Frontera after defeating the Castilian garrison.

1503 – King James IV of Scotland marries Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1509 – Krishnadeva Raya is crowned Emperor of Vijayanagara at Chittoor.

1576 – The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory is laid on the island of Hven.

1585 – John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage.

1588 – Anglo-Spanish War: Battle of Gravelines: The naval engagement ends, ending the Spanish Armada's attempt to invade England.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Gravelines]
• [Battlefield Britain - Spanish Armada]
• [The Epic Failure of the Spanish Armada I PIRATES]
• [Wikipedia: Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604)]
• [Spanish Armada / Battle Speech-Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)] (Dramatization)

1605 – The city of Oulu, Finland, is founded by Charles IX of Sweden.

1647 – The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungan's Hill: English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces.

1648 – Mehmed IV (1648–1687) succeeds Ibrahim I (1640–1648) as Ottoman Emperor.

1709 – Bartolomeu de Gusmão demonstrates the lifting power of hot air in an audience before the king of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal.

1786 – Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard.

1794 – Joseph Whidbey leads an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska.

1831 – Four hundred Shawnee people agree to relinquish their lands in Ohio in exchange for land west of the Mississippi River in the Treaty of Wapakoneta.

1844 – The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, headed by Brigham Young, is reaffirmed as the leading body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

1863 – American Civil War: Following his defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis (which is refused upon receipt).
• [Robert E. Lee offers resignation as commander of the Confederate army]

Camp Orange, August 8, 1863
His Excellency Jefferson Davis,
President of the Confederate States

Mr. President,

Your letters of July 28 and August 2 have been received, and I have waited for a leisure hour to reply, but I fear that will never come. I am extremely obliged to you for the attention given to the wants of this army, and the efforts made to supply them. Our absentees are returning, and I hope the earnest and beautiful appeal may stir up the virtue of the whole people; and that they may see their duty and perform it. Nothing is wanted but their fortitude should equal their bravery to insure the success of our cause. We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies and to prevent our falling into greater disasters. Our people have only to be true and united, to bear manfully the misfortunes incident to war, and all will come right in the end.

I know how prone we are to censure and how ready to blame others for the non-fulfillment of our expectations. This is unbecoming in a generous people, and I grieve to see its expression. The general remedy for the want of success in a military commander is his removal. This is natural, and in many instances, proper. For, no matter what may be the ability of the officer, if he loses the confidence of his troops disaster must sooner or later ensue.

I have been prompted by these reflections more than once since my return from Pennsylvania to propose to Your Excellency the propriety of selecting another commander for this army. I have seen and heard of expression of discontent in the public journals at the result of the expedition. I do not know how far this feeling exends in the army. My brother officers have been too kind to report it, and so far the troops have been too generous to exhibit it. It is fair, however, to suppose that it it does exist, and success is so necessary to us that nothing should be risked to secure it. I therefore, in all sincerity, request Your Excellency to take measures to supply my place. I do this with the more earnestness because no one is more aware than myself of my inability for the duties of my position. I cannot even accomplish what I myself desire. How can I fulfill the expectations of others? In addition I sensibly feel the growing failure of my bodily strength. I have not yet recovered from the attack I experienced the past spring. I am becoming more and more incapable of exertion, and am thus prevented from making the personal examinations and giving the personal supervision to the operations of the field which I feel to be necessary. I am so dull that in making use of the eyes of others I am frequently misled. Everything, therefore, points to the advantages to be derived from a new commander, and I the more anxiously urge the matter upon Your Excellency from my belief that a younger and abler man than myself can readily be attained. I know that he will have as gallant and brave an army as ever existed to second his efforts, and it would be the happiest day of my life to see at its head a worthy leader -- one that would accomplish more than I could perform and all that I have wished. I hope Your Excellency will attribute my request to the true reason, the desire to serve my country, and to do all in my power to insure the success of her righteous cause.

I have no complaints to make of any one but myself. I have received nothing but kindness from those above me, and the most considerate attention from my comrades and companions in arms. To Your Excellency I am specially indebted for uniform kindness and consideration. You have done everything in your power to aid me in the work committed to my charge, without omitting anything to promote the general welfare. I pray that your efforts may at length be crowned with success, and that you may long live to enjoy the thanks of grateful people.

With sentiments of great esteem, I am, very respectfully and truly, yours,
R.E. Lee,
General


1870 – The Republic of Ploiești, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania.

1876 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.

1903 – Black Saturday occurs, killing 12 in a stadium collapse in Philadelphia.

1908 – Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers' first public flight.
• [Wilbur Wright Flying at Hunaudieres Race Course, Le Mans, France, August 1908] (Photograph)
• [Wilbur Wright at Le Mans, France (1908)]
• [Wright Brothers' Flight at Le Mans (1908)] (silent video)

1918 – World War I: The Battle of Amiens begins a string of almost continuous Allied victories with a push through the German front lines (Hundred Days Offensive).
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Amiens (1918)]
• [The Black Day Of The German Army - The Battle of Amiens I THE GREAT WAR Week 211 ]
• [BBC 100 Days to Victory-Spring Offensive]

1919 – The Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919 is signed. It establishes peaceful relations between Afghanistan and the UK, and confirms the Durand line as the mutual border. In return, the UK is no longer obligated to subsidize the Afghan government.

1929 – The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight.

1940 – The "Aufbau Ost" directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.
• [Wikipedia: Aufbau Ost (1940)]

1942 – Quit India Movement is launched in India against the British rule in response to Mohandas Gandhi's call for swaraj or complete independence. 1945 – The London Charter (also called the Nuremberg Charter) is signed by France, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and the United States, establishing the laws and procedures for the Nuremberg trials.
• [Wikipedia: Nuremberg Charter]
• [Wikipedia: Nuremberg trials]

1946 – First flight of the Convair B-36, the world's first mass-produced nuclear weapon delivery vehicle, the heaviest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft, with the longest wingspan of any military aircraft, and the first bomber with intercontinental range.
• [Wikipedia: Convair B-36 Peacemaker]
• [Discovery Wings Great Planes - Convair B 36 Peacemaker]
• [The Plane That Threatened The World With Nuclear War | Story of the Convair B-36 | Timeline]

1963 – Great Train Robbery: In England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal £2.6 million in bank notes.
• [Wikipedia: Great Train Robbery (1963)]
• [The Big Mystery Behind the Great Train Robbery May Finally Have Been Solved] (Smithsonian Magazine)
• [The Real Story Behind Britain's Most Notorious Train Robbery | The Great Train Robbery | Timeline]
• [The Great Train Robbery (p1) (2013)] (Dramatization)
• [The Great Train Robbery (p2) (2013)] (Dramatization)

1963 – The Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), the current ruling party of Zimbabwe, is formed by a split from the Zimbabwe African People's Union.

1967 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

1969 – At a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan takes the iconic photo that becomes the cover image of the Beatles' album Abbey Road.
• [The story behind The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover]

1973 – Kim Dae-jung, a South Korean politician and later president of South Korea, is kidnapped.

1974 – President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day.
• [Wikipedia: Richard Nixon's resignation speech]
• [CBS News vault: 1974 Nixon resignation]
• [Document for August 9th: Richard M. Nixon’s Resignation Letter, 08/09/1974]

1988 – The 8888 Uprising begins in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar). Led by students, hundreds of thousands join in nationwide protests against the one-party regime. On September 18, the demonstrations end in a military crackdown, killing thousands.

1988 – The first night baseball game in the history of Chicago's Wrigley Field (game was rained out in the fourth inning).

1988 – Rap group N.W.A release their debut studio album Straight Outta Compton.

1989 – Space Shuttle program: STS-28 Mission: Space Shuttle Columbia takes off on a secret five-day military mission.
• [CBS News Coverage STS-28 Launch]
• [Wikipedia: STS-28]

1990 – Iraq occupies Kuwait and the state is annexed to Iraq. This would lead to the Gulf War shortly afterward.

1991 – The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses.

1993 – The 7.8 Mw  Guam earthquake shakes the island with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), causing around $250 million in damage and injuring up to 71 people.

1998 – Iranian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan is raided by Taliban leading to the deaths of ten Iranian diplomats and a journalist.

2000 – Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor and 30 years after its discovery by undersea explorer E. Lee Spence.
• [Wikipedia: H. L. Hunley (submarine)]
• [History's Mysteries - Raise The Hunley]
• [A Walk Through the H.L. Hunley Submarine museum]
• [Museum Website]
• [Wikipedia Bio: E. Lee Spence]

2007 – An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.
• [Wikipedia: 2007 Brooklyn tornado]
• [bay ridge brooklyn tornado unedited]
• [Brooklyn Becomes Tornado Alley]
• [Radar Loop]

2008 – A EuroCity express train en route from Kraków, Poland to Prague, Czech Republic strikes a part of a motorway bridge that had fallen onto the railroad track near Studénka railway station in the Czech Republic and derails, killing eight people and injuring 64 others.

2008 – The 29th modern summer Olympic Games took place in Beijing, China until August 24.
• [Wikipedia: 2008 Summer Olympics]
• [Full Opening Ceremony from Beijing 2008]
• [Yao Ming and heroic child lead Chinese delegation into Beijing opening ceremony | NBC Sports]

2010 – China Floods: A mudslide in Zhugqu County, Gansu, China, kills more than 1,400 people.

2013 – A suicide bombing at a funeral in the Pakistani city of Quetta kills at least 31 people.

2015 – Eight people are killed in a shooting in Harris County, Texas.

2016 – Terrorists attack a government hospital in Quetta, Pakistan with a suicide blast and shooting, killing between 70 and 94 people, and injuring around 130 others.


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Published at 4:00am on Monday, August 08, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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