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Thursday, August 18, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 18, 2022



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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A quasi-stationary front south of the forecast area will keep intermittent rainfall in the forecast through the end of the week. Low pressure will nose in from the Midwest over the weekend and carry a cold front across the area through Monday and Tuesday, keeping showers and thunderstorms in the forecast at least through the middle of next week.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 9pm, then a chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 3am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the east 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 50%.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

Saturday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

A slight chance of showers between 11am and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. 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 possible.

Saturday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

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







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Outside areas of dense fog this morning, hazardous weather is not expected today.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Aug 18 2022

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

1. Southwestern Gulf of Mexico:
A concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms is associated with a tropical wave near the coast of Belize. This system is forecast to move across Central America and southeastern Mexico over the next day or so before emerging over the Bay of Campeche, where an area of low pressure could form on Friday. Some gradual development of this system is possible while it moves northwestward over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico through the weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - August 17, 2022: Tropics Waking Up





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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 6.7 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (6.6 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for August 18th

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

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 49°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.06 inches in Highlands in 1939
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


• Nantahala Community Club Hosts Candidate Forum [Macon Media]

• NC Zoo Breaks Ground on Asia expansion[Randolph News Now]

• Federal judge reinstates North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban [WSOC-TV (Charlotte, NC)]

• AG Stein calls on voters to decide abortion access, pushes back on NC's 20-week abortion ban [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• 'Unsafe assignments': Nurses at Mission Hospital share concerns over staffing levels [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)E]

• Timber sale of 98 acres in Nantahala National Forest ignites environmentalist concerns [Asheville Citizen Times]

Advocacy groups work to increase voter registration, turnout ahead of midterms | WTVD-TV (Raleigh, NC)



• When the next one comes: Emergency managers work toward flood preparedness [Smoky Mountain News]

Examining the role of school resource officers to keep students safe during mass shootings | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, 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 17 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for August 17th]

Ukraine Pounding Russian Positions in Crimea | Funker 530



• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 175 [Al Jazeera]

• Missile Strike Kills 6 Civilians in Kharkiv, as Front Remains Static [New York Times]




JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (Day 148-158)







• Russia-Ukraine updates: Kyiv runs nuclear disaster drills near Zaporizhzhia plant [DW News]

• At least six killed as Russia shells Kharkiv flats: Governor [Al Jazeera]

• Volunteers from the Georgian Legion help Ukrainians repel Russian army [France 24 (video)]

• U.S. Veterans Race to Train Ukrainians as Marines; ‘Time Is Not on Their Side’ [Wall Street Journal]

• Ukraine: Preparing for the worst as situation at nuclear plant ‘approaches critical’ [BBC News]


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

• Russia names main victim of US energy ‘victory’ [Russia Today]

• Expert: Russia deals an irreparable blow to Ukraine and the United States [Pravda ]

• Ukrainian army delivers massive strike on Energodar using heavy artillery — authorities [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

Why Insulin Is So Expensive and How California Aims to Produce Its Own | WSJ



Salman Rushdie - Writing under death threats | DW Documentary



• Cheney releases concession call audio to refute primary opponent's claims [Politico]

• Dolly Parton celebrates her Imagination Library program [AxiosE]

• CDC announces sweeping reorganization, aimed at changing the agency's culture and restoring public trust [CNN]

• Sex between men, not skin contact, is fueling monkeypox, new research suggests [NBC NewsE]

• Texas school district orders removal of Anne Frank’s diary from shelves [Jerusalem Post]

• Trump is rushing to hire seasoned lawyers — but he keeps hearing ‘No’ [Washington Post via Microsoft News]

• Feds bust alleged Mafia gambling operations posing as shoe repair, coffee shop [ABC News]

• Palestinian general discusses potential cooperation in Moscow [Al Jazeera]

• Trump election interference probe heats up in Atlanta [Courthouse News Service]

• Man arrested in 3 highway shootings in Alabama, Georgia [ABC News]

• Here’s the Whole Transcript of That Leaked Steve Bannon Tape, Annotated [Mother Jones]


What Cheney's loss means for GOP, Pence's comment on Jan. 6 probe, more on "Red & Blue" | August 17 | CBS News



Washington Today (8-17-22): Campaign 2024: Former VP Pence at 'Politics & Eggs' in NH | C-SPAN



Global National: Aug. 17, 2022 | Medically assisted death suggestion to Canadian veteran sparks fury



Nightly News Full Broadcast - August 17


PBS NewsHour Full Episode August 17th, 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 5:12pm CEST, 16 August 2022, there have been 588,757,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,433,794 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 9 August 2022, a total of 12,355,390,461 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:12pm CEST, 16 August 2022, there have been 91,719,079 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,026,757 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 August 2022, a total of 596,173,194 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Randomized Trial of Metformin, Ivermectin, and Fluvoxamine for Covid-19 [New England JOurnal of Medicine]

• ‘We cannot live with 15,000 deaths a week’: WHO warns on rise in COVID fatalities [Global News]

• Risk of ‘brain fog’ and other conditions persists up to two years after Covid infection [STAT]

• Walensky, Citing Botched Pandemic Response, Calls for C.D.C. Reorganization [New York Times]

• COVID-Related Cognitive Decline Predicted to Boost Global Dementia Rates [Medscape]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Social media is polluting society. Moderation alone won’t fix the problem [MIT Technology Review]

• The frontrunners in the trillion-dollar race for limitless fusion power [Fast CompanyE]

• Engineers saved a baby's life by printing the missing part of her skull [Interesting Engineering]

• Meet new Meta COO Javier Olivan, the 'super-low-ego, humble' company veteran filling Sheryl Sandberg's large shoes who rarely uses Facebook or Instagram [Business Insider]

• Saudi Arabia sentenced a woman to 34 years in prison for tweeting [The Verge]

• Most electric cars are quiet. But Dodge says its future electric muscle car will be super loud [CNN]

• Physical buttons outperform touchscreens in new cars, test finds [Vi Bilägare (Sweden)]

• Does Mark Zuckerberg Not Understand How Bad His Metaverse Looks? [Forbes]

• Young watch almost seven times less TV than over-65s - Ofcom [BBC News]

• TikTok Bans Paid Political Influencer Videos Ahead of US Midterms [BNN Bloomberg]

• 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

What If Dark Energy Is A New Quantum Field? | PBS Space Time



Launchapalooza Summer 2022 - 5 Launches in 24 hours! - Deep Space Updates August 2022 | Scott Manley



How Fiber Will Speed Up America’s Internet | CNBC



Googling Your Personal Data Online Is Easy. How Do You Remove It? | Tech News Briefing Podcast | WSJ



Fermi Paradox: The Easy Way to Colonize Stars | Event Horizon



Apple's Mob Move | Coder Radio 479 | Jupiter Broadcasting



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Clemson Salmon - Android 13, Amazon's football deal, USB Rubber Ducky | This Week in Google



TLS Private Key Leakage - BIG patch Tuesday, Facebook E2E encryption, VNC insecurity, Cyotek WebCopy | Security Now



The Most Disappointing Fast Food Breakfast Item Yet | The Report of the Week






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> The Air War in Ukraine: Who and What? | Animarchy History



Volunteers from the Georgian Legion help Ukrainians repel Russian army | FRANCE 24 English



Should the West be nervous about Turkey's close ties with Russia? | Inside Story



Germany's economy stagnates amid increasing worries about gas rationing | DW News



What Ukraine targeting Crimea means for the resistance effort | ABC News







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On This Day

August 18 is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 135 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)


684 – Battle of Marj Rahit: Umayyad partisans defeat the supporters of Ibn al-Zubayr and cement Umayyad control of Syria.

• [Wikipedia]
• [Constantinople 674–678 and Marj Rahit 684 - Muslim Expansion | Kings and Generals]
• [DBpedia]


1304 – The Battle of Mons-en-Pévèle is fought to a draw between the French army and the Flemish militias.
1487 – The Siege of Málaga ends with the taking of the city by Castilian and Aragonese forces.
1492 – The first grammar of the Spanish language (Gramática de la lengua castellana) is presented to Queen Isabella I.
1572 – Marriage in Paris, France, of the Huguenot King Henry III of Navarre to Margaret of Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics.
1590 – John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.

• [Wikipedia: Roanoke Colony]
• [What happened to the 'vanished' colonists at Roanoke? | Live Science]
• [Lost Colony of Roanoke found groundbreaking evidence released in new book | WAVY-TV Virginaia Beach, VA]
• [How Did A Whole Village Disappear? (The Lost Colony of Roanoke Mystery) | Infographics Show]
• [Lost Colony of Roanoke | In Search of History]


1612 – The trial of the Pendle witches, one of England's most famous witch trials, begins at Lancaster Assizes.
1634 – Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France.
1721 – The city of Shamakhi in Safavid Shirvan is sacked.
1783 – A huge fireball meteor is seen across Great Britain as it passes over the east coast.
1809 – The Senate of Finland is established in the Grand Duchy of Finland after the official adoption of the Statute of the Government Council by Tsar Alexander I of Russia.
1826 – Major Gordon Laing becomes the first non-Muslim to enter Timbuktu.
1838 – The Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighs anchor at Hampton Roads.
1848 – Camila O'Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez are executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.
1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Globe Tavern: Union forces try to cut a vital Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia, by attacking the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.

• [Wikipedia]
• [Union attacks railroad at Globe Tavern August 18 1864 (video)]
• [Battle of the https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/weldon-railroad-battle-of-the/ | Encyclopedia Virginia]


1868 – French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.
1870 – Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.
1891 – A major hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
1903 – German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright brothers.
1917 – A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.

• [Wikipedia]
• [Women's Suffrage: Crash Course US History #31 | CrashCourse]
• [The Surprising Road to Women's Suffrage | University of California Television (UCTV) ]


1923 – First British Track and Field championships for women, London.
1938 – The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York, United States with Ontario, Canada over the Saint Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1940 – World War II: The Hardest Day air battle, part of the Battle of Britain. At that point, the largest aerial engagement in history with heavy losses sustained on both sides.

• [Wikipedia: The Hardest Day]
• [he Battle Of Britain: The Hardest Days | WW2 Documentary]
• [The Hardest Day, Battle of Britain - Animated | The Operations Room]
• [Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain | The War Department Information Film #4]


1945 – Sukarno takes office as the first president of Indonesia, following the country's declaration of independence the previous day.
1950 – Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium, is assassinated. The Party newspaper blames royalists and Rexists.
1958 – Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States.
1958 – Brojen Das from Bangladesh swims across the English Channel in a competition, as the first Bengali and the first Asian to do so. He came first among 39 competitors.
1963 – Civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
1965 – Vietnam War: Operation Starlite begins: United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in the first major American ground battle of the war.
1966 – Vietnam War: The Battle of Long Tan ensues after a patrol from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment clashes with a Viet Cong force in Phước Tuy Province.
1971 – Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
1976 – The Korean axe murder incident in Panmunjom results in the deaths of two US Army officers.

• [Wikipedia: Korean axe murder incidentT]
• [DMZ ceremony marks 45th anniversary of American soldiers’ axe slaying |Stars and Stripes (2021)]
• [The Korean Ax Incident - Operation Paul Bunyan | Dard Docs]
• [A Brief History of: The Poplar Tree Incident]


1977 – Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No. 83 of 1967 in King William's Town, South Africa. He later dies from injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies.
1983 – Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 21 people and causing over US$1 billion in damage (1983 dollars).
1989 – Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.
2003 – One-year-old Zachary Turner is murdered in Newfoundland by his mother, who was awarded custody despite facing trial for the murder of Zachary's father. The case was documented in the film Dear Zachary and led to reform of Canada's bail laws.
2005 – A massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, one of the largest and most widespread power outages in history.

• [Wikipedia/a>]
• [
Asia News]
• [BBC News: Massive power outage in Indonesia]


2008 – President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf resigns under threat of impeachment.
2008 – War of Afghanistan: Uzbin Valley ambush occurs.

• [Wikipedia]
• [Combat Footage: French Infantry Troops Ambushed By Taliban]
• [Ambush | Java Films (French language with English subtitles)]


2017 – The first terrorist attack ever sentenced as a crime in Finland kills two and injures eight.
2019 – One hundred activists, officials, and other concerned citizens in Iceland hold a funeral for Okjökull glacier, which has completely melted after once covering six square miles (15.5 km2).

• [celand holds funeral for its first glacier to vanish | The Telegraph]
• [The New Yorker]
• [Eulogy For A Glacier (Okjökull) | Jonathan Mann ]


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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, August 18, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. Back to Top

Nantahala Community Club Hosts Candidate Forum



The Nantahala Community Club hosted a forum for candidates running for office in the Nantahala Public Library. Macon Media was the only news outlet present. The video of the forum has been divided into two parts. Part One for the introduction of the candidates and Part Two for the forum itself.

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The participants were:

NC Senate 50th District

incumbent Kevin Corbin
challenger Karen McCracken

Macon County Commissioner District I

challenger John Shearl
challenger Jerry Moore

Macon County Commissioner District II

incumbent Ronnie Beale
incumbent Gary Shield
challenger Danny Antoine

Macon County Board of Education District 02

challenger Stephanie Lassiter

Macon County Board of Education District 04

incumbent Carol Arnold
challenger Diedre Breeden

Part One: Introductions



Part Two: Forum




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Author: Bobby Coggins


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 17, 2022



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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A stationary frontal boundary remains south of our area, driving intermittent rainfall chances for the remainder of the week. Cool high pressure to our north will keep temperatures below normal. Moisture will increase as low pressure approaches from the northwest by the weekend.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog between 1am and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Friday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorm, then a chance of showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 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.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 8pm. Patchy fog between 1am and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Friday

A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms then a chance of showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog between 1am and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Areas of fog before midmorning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog between 1am and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Friday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are possible today through Monday, capable of producing gusty winds, locally heavy rainfall, and frequent lightning. Some storms may be strong to severe. Localized flash flooding and flooding of rivers and streams is possible, especially in areas that receive multiple rounds of heavy rainfall over the next several days.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 17 2022

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

1. Southwestern Gulf of Mexico:
A tropical wave near northern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras is forecast to move across Central America during the next few days and emerge over the Bay of Campeche, where an area of low pressure could form on Friday. Some gradual development of this system is possible while it moves northwestward over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico through the weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - August 16, 2022





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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-high range 7.1 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (6.6 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for August 17th

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

Highest Temperature 94°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 48°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1979
Greatest Rainfall 2.25 inches in Highlands in 1982
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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Local and State News


• NC elections board OKs stricter rules for observers [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Angel Medical Center CEO Column for August 2022 [Angel Medical Center CEO Column for August 2022 ]

• Hearing set for proposed MAHEC project in Sylva [The Sylva erald and Ruralite ]

• Phony writ from sham court offers bounties for national, state and local lawmakers [Smoky Mountain NewsE]

• American Airlines orders Boom Supersonic jets to be made in Greensboro [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Arrests in western NC may be connected to Wake County deputy's death [WTVD-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Some mountain congregate living centers seeing COVID outbreaks as cases climb across NC [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Great Smokies to ban roadside parking, boost law enforcement spending [Asheville Citizen Times]


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 16 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for August 16th]

Ukraine Pounding Russian Positions in Crimea | Funker 530



• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 174 [Al Jazeera]

This is why Ukraine wins! | Operator Starsky






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (Day 148-158)







• Behind Enemy Lines, Ukrainians Tell Russians ‘You Are Never Safe’ [New York Times]

• Russia-Ukraine updates: Moscow admits sabotage caused Crimea depot blast [DW NewsE]

• Ukraine nuclear power company says Russia attacked website [Al Jazeera]

• Efforts to hold Russia accountable for War Crimes [CBS News (video)]

• Thousands flee cities surrounding vulnerable atomic plant in Ukraine [Good Morning America (video)]


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

• Moscow rejects nuclear power theft claims [Russia Today]

• Russia to build 300 shelters for state-of-the-art fifth-generation aircraft [Pravda ]

• Russian Economy Ministry expects inflation to reach 13.4% in 2022, GDP to drop to 4.2% [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

• Billionaire Peter Thiel to leave Meta's board to focus on pro-Trump advocacy [France 24]

• Trump foe Liz Cheney defeated in Wyoming GOP primary [AP News]

• Justice Department asks not to disclose affidavit behind Mar-a-Lago search [The Guardian]

• Biden administration cancels $3.9 billion in student debt for 208,000 borrowers defrauded by ITT Tech [CNBC]

• Arizona to lose 21% of its Colorado River water in 2023 [KNXV-TV (Phoenix, AZ)]

• FBI rescues more than 200 trafficking victims, including 84 children, in "Operation Cross Country" [CBS News]

• Former US Rep. TJ Cox indicted on federal money laundering and wire fraud charges [CNN]

• Sweeping climate, health care and tax bill signed into law [Courthouse News Service]

• Rudy Giuliani set to testify in Georgia election probe [AP News]

• China’s Ambassador Accuses U.S. of Exacerbating Crisis Over Taiwan [Wall Street Journal]

• Even on Biden’s Big Day, He’s Still in Trump’s Long Shadow [New York Times]

• Term limits for justices gain new attention, but prospects for passage remain dim [SCOTUSblog]


Primaries test Trump's hold on GOP, Biden finalizes major bill, more on "Red & Blue" | August 16 | CBS News



Washington Today (8-16-22): President Biden signs $740B health, climate, tax bill into law | C-SPAN



Global National: Aug. 16, 2022 | High-profile Quebec cardinal named in class-action lawsuit



Nightly News Full Broadcast - August 16


PBS NewsHour Full Episode August 16th, 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 5:12pm CEST, 16 August 2022, there have been 588,757,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,433,794 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 9 August 2022, a total of 12,355,390,461 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:12pm CEST, 16 August 2022, there have been 91,719,079 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,026,757 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 August 2022, a total of 596,173,194 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Blood abnormalities found in people with Long Covid [Science]

• First Structure of Key COVID Enzyme at Human Body Temperature [Brookhaven National Laboratory]

• Lessons Learned from CDC’s Global COVID-19 Early Warning and Response Surveillance System [Emerging Infectious Diseases: Volume 28, Supplement—October 2022]

• Delays in Contact Tracing Impeded Early COVID-19 Containment [University of Texas at Austin]

• Colleges ease COVID-19 restrictions as fall semester begins for millions of students [National Public Radio]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• American Airlines places order for 20 supersonic jets from Boom Supersonic [The VergeE]

• Streaming Services Deal With More Subscribers Who ‘Watch, Cancel and Go’ [Wall Street Journal]

• The future world order will be decided by the war over semiconductors [The New Statesman]

• The U.S. accused a Chinese MIT professor of spying. Now cleared, he helped discover what may be the ‘best semiconductor material ever found’ [Fortune]

• Google Search Is Quietly Damaging Democracy | A series of incremental changes over the years has transformed the tool from an explorative search function to one that is ripe for deception [Wired]

• Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Are Finally on the Way | The FDA's finalized regulations will allow hearing aids to be sold without a prescription in U.S. stores as early as mid-October. [Gizmodo]

• Scientists plan the resurrection of an animal that's been extinct since 1936 [CNN]

• Official: Next-Gen Dodge Charger, Challenger Will Be Completely Electric [Update] [Inside EVs]

• 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

NASA Rolls Out SLS Rocket for Artemis-1 Launch | NASA Spaceflight



The Level1 Show August 17 2022: Streaming Prices+



Nothing Runs DOOM Like a Deere - DTNS 4334 | Daily Tech News Show



Cordkillers 419 - Draft Princesses



Duncan Trussell: Comedy, Sentient Robots, Suffering, Love & Burning Man | Lex Fridman Podcast #312



The Full Plan For Artemis Part 1: The Robotic Missions | Answers With Joe



The Full Plan For Artemis Part II: Back To The Moon | Answers With Joe



Why Did Cable Lose Broadband Market Share? | TWIT TV



The Apple-Facebook Partnership: How Secret Talks Fell Apart | Tech News Briefing Podcast | WSJ






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Explosions hit Russian-annexed Crimea as Ukraine vows to retake territory | PBS Newshour



Ukraine grain ship on its way to Africa for millions facing famine | Al Jazeera



Moscow admits Crimea military depot explosion caused due to sabotage | DW News



War in Ukraine: 'Nowhere is safe for the Russian military in Crimea' | FRANCE 24 English



Will Putin face justice for the Ukraine war? | CBS News







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On This Day

August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 136 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)


309/310 – Pope Eusebius is banished by the Emperor Maxentius to Sicily, where he dies, possibly from a hunger strike.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Pope Eusebius]
• [Britannica: Saint Eusebius]
• [All Popes of the Catholic Church: St Eusebius - St Innocent (31-40) (video)]


682 – Pope Leo II begins his pontificate.


986 – Byzantine–Bulgarian wars: Battle of the Gates of Trajan: The Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron defeat the Byzantine forces at the Gate of Trajan, with Byzantine Emperor Basil II barely escaping.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Gates of Trajan]
• [Byzantine Military Blog]
• [Basil II - Reformer, Restorer, Bulgarslayer | Kings and Generals]


1186 – Georgenberg Pact: Ottokar IV, Duke of Styria and Leopold V, Duke of Austria sign a heritage agreement in which Ottokar gives his duchy to Leopold and to his son Frederick under the stipulation that Austria and Styria would henceforth remain undivided.
1386 – Karl Topia, the ruler of Princedom of Albania forges an alliance with the Republic of Venice, committing to participate in all wars of the Republic and receiving coastal protection against the Ottomans in return.
1424 – Hundred Years' War: Battle of Verneuil: An English force under John, Duke of Bedford defeats a larger French army under Jean II, Duke of Alençon, John Stewart, and Earl Archibald of Douglas.

• [WikipediaT]
• [Battle of Verneuil 1424 AD - Hundred Years' War - The Second Agincourt]
• [The MfA LIVE SHOW - The Battle of Verneuil 1424]


1498 – Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI, becomes the first person in history to resign the cardinalate; later that same day, King Louis XII of France names him Duke of Valentinois.
1549 – Battle of Sampford Courtenay: The Prayer Book Rebellion is quashed in England.

• [Wikipedia: Prayer Book Rebellion]
• [BBC Four HD England's Reformation Three Books That Changed a Nation (2017)]
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Sampford Courtenay]


1560 – The Catholic Church is overthrown and Protestantism is established as the national religion in Scotland.
1585 – Eighty Years' War: Siege of Antwerp: Antwerp is captured by Spanish forces under Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, who orders Protestants to leave the city and as a result over half of the 100,000 inhabitants flee to the northern provinces.
1585 – A first group of colonists sent by Sir Walter Raleigh under the charge of Ralph Lane lands in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.

• [Wikipedia: Roanoke Colony]
• [1585: The Military Colony " National Park Service]
• [NCpedia: First English Colonies]


1597 – Islands Voyage: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and Sir Walter Raleigh set sail on an expedition to the Azores.
1668 – The magnitude 8.0 North Anatolia earthquake causes 8,000 deaths in northern Anatolia, Ottoman Empire.
1712 – Action of 17 August 1712 New Deep naval battle between Denmark and Sweden.
1717 – Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18: The month-long Siege of Belgrade ends with Prince Eugene of Savoy's Austrian troops capturing the city from the Ottoman Empire.
1723 – Ioan Giurgiu Patachi becomes Bishop of Făgăraș and is festively installed in his position at the St. Nicolas Cathedral in Făgăraș, after being formally confirmed earlier by Pope Clement XI.
1740 – Pope Benedict XIV, previously known as Prospero Lambertini, succeeds Clement XII as the 247th Pope.
1784 – Classical composer Luigi Boccherini receives a pay rise of 12,000 reals from his employer, the Infante Luis, Count of Chinchón.
1798 – The Vietnamese Catholics report a Marian apparition in Quảng Trị, an event which is called Our Lady of La Vang.
1807 – Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
1808 – The Finnish War: The Battle of Alavus is fought.
1827 – Dutch King William I and Pope Leo XII sign concord.
1836 – British parliament accepts registration of births, marriages and deaths.
1862 – American Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Dakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.

• [WikipediaT]
• [War Within War: Lincoln and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862]
• [he U.S.-Dakota War Of 1862: Minnesota, USA]


1862 – American Civil War: Major General J. E. B. Stuart is assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
1863 – American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.
1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville: Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
1866 – The Grand Duchy of Baden announces its withdrawal from the German Confederation and signs a treaty of peace and alliance with Prussia.
1883 – The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional.
1896 – Bridget Driscoll became the first recorded case of a pedestrian killed in a collision with a motor car in the United Kingdom.
1914 – World War I: Battle of Stallupönen: The German army of General Hermann von François defeats the Russian force commanded by Paul von Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.

• [Wikipedia]
• [1914-07 Battle of Stalluponen August 17th - 23rd 1914]
• [FirstWorldWar.comT]


1915 – Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched in Marietta, Georgia after a 13-year-old girl is murdered.
1915 – A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas with winds at 135 miles per hour (217 km/h).

• [Wikipedia]
• [When Weather Changed History - Galveston Hurricane]
• [Hurricanes: Science and Society]
• [Galveston and Texas History Center]


1916 – World War I: Romania signs a secret treaty with the Entente Powers. According to the treaty, Romania agreed to join the war on the Allied side.
1918 – Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated.
1942 – World War II: U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin.
1943 – World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission.
1943 – World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
1943 – World War II: First Québec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.
1943 – World War II: The Royal Air Force begins Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow strategic bombing campaign against Germany's V-weapon program.

• [Wikipedia: Operation Hydra (1943)T]
• [Operation Hydra - The Peenemünde Raid (video)]
• [Operations Crossbow and Hydra: The Aerial Attacks Against Peenemünde]


1945 – Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
1945 – The novella Animal Farm by George Orwell is first published.
1947 – The Radcliffe Line, the border between the Dominions of India and Pakistan, is revealed.
1949 – The 6.7 Ms  Karlıova earthquake shakes eastern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), leaving 320–450 dead.
1953 – First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous takes place, in Southern California.
1955 – Hurricane Diane made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, and it went on to cause major floods and kill more than 184 people.
1958 – Pioneer 0, America's first attempt at lunar orbit, is launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and fails. Notable as one of the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country.
1959 – Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.
1962 – Peter Fechter is shot and bleeds to death while trying to cross the new Berlin Wall.
1969 – Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.42 billion in damage.
1970 – Venera program: Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).
1976 – A magnitude 7.9 earthquake hits off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines, triggering a destructive tsunami, killing between 5,000-8,000 people and leaving more than 90,000 homeless.
1977 – The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
1978 – Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey, France near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
1985 – The 1985–86 Hormel strike begins in Austin, Minnesota.
1988 – President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
1991 – Strathfield massacre: In Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, taxi driver Wade Frankum shoots seven people and injures six others before turning the gun on himself.

• [WikipediaT]
• [Wade Frankum | The Strathfield Massacre | Crime Documentaries]
• [From the Archives, 1991: The Strathfield massacre]


1998 – Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky; later that same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about the relationship.

• [Bill Clinton admits to having inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky]
• [Wikipedia: Clinton–Lewinsky scandalT]
• [August 17, 1998 Presidential Grand Jury Testimony | C-SPAN]


1999 – The 7.6 Mw  İzmit earthquake shakes northwestern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving 17,118–17,127 dead and 43,953–50,000 injured.
2004 – The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Bože pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
2005 – The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of Israeli disengagement from Gaza, starts.
2005 – Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh.
2008 – American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games.
2009 – An accident at the Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, kills 75 and shuts down the hydroelectric power station, leading to widespread power failure in the local area.
2015 – A bomb explodes near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, killing at least 19 people and injuring 123 others.
2017 – Barcelona attacks: A van is driven into pedestrians in La Rambla, killing 14 and injuring at least 100.
2019 – A bomb explodes at a wedding in Kabul killing 63 people and leaving 182 injured.
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Published at 3:10am on Wedneday, August 17, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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