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Thursday, August 5, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 5, 2021



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Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
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National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

The quasi-stationary front stalled across the Southeast will generate a weak circulation late this week, resulting in rain and possible thunder through Saturday. A lull in activity on Sunday will be quickly followed by another round of rainfall on Monday, persisting at least through Tuesday.




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Local News

Franklin Town Council, August 2021



The Franklin Town Council met last night. The public agenda and agenda packet are posted on [MaconMedia.com]

Macon County Board of Education, July 2021



For more information, visit [MaconMedia.com].

Macon County Board of Commissioners, July 2021



Supporting documents can be found at [MaconMedia.com]

Franklin Town Council - July 2021



Supporting documents posted online at [MaconMedia.com]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

Isolated showers after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain is 50%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, 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.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 50s.




Otto area

Isolated showers after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.




Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Aug 5 2021

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

1. A tropical wave just inland over Africa is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms over the Guinea Highlands. This wave is expected to move off the west African coast later today. Environmental conditions appear somewhat conducive for gradual development, and a tropical depression could form over the eastern tropical Atlantic by early next week while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at about 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

2. A tropical wave located over the central tropical Atlantic is producing a broad area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to be marginally conducive for some slow development east of the Lesser Antilles by early next week while the disturbance moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.

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




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Almanac

Air Quality




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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (5.1 out of 12) today with Grasses and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.9 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on August 5th


Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2006
Lowest Temperature 45°F in Highlands in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.54 inches in Highlands in 1901
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


August Weather Extremes for Macon County

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

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of August
Data available from 1870 to 2020

Highest Temperature 110°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County 08-21-1983
Lowest Temperature 31°F Banner Elk, Avery County 08-23-1930
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 13.08 in Idlewild, Ashe County 08-14-1930

Monthly Averages for North Carolina

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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encaustic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at karen@programservices.org


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National News Roundup

Fauci fears a COVID variant worse than Delta could be coming [AXIOS]

Majority of Americans believe worst in pandemic is still ahead [The Hill]

Political Consultant: New York State’s Impeachment Of Gov. Cuomo ‘Could Get Very Ugly’ [CBS New York]

Latest Olympic Results [New York Times]

NBC Nightly News, August 4th, 2021



PBS NewsHour full episode, August 4th, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





Weekly COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County (August 4, 2021) [Macon Media]

Coronavirus infections three times lower in double vaccinated people - REACT [Imperial College London]



Antibodies Can Last for More Than 1 Year After SARS-CoV-2 Infection: A Follow-Up Study From Survivors of COVID-19 [Frontiers in Medicine]

Infections caused by the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) of SARS-CoV-2 are associated with increased viral loads compared to infections with the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) or non-Variants of Concern. [Research Square]



COVID-19, the first pandemic in the post-genomic era [Clinical Trials]



Dr John Campbell: Vaccinations for the young



TWiV 789: Does delta mean a change?



TWiV reviews a leaked CDC document on virulence and spread of the delta variant, and how anti-alphavirus antibodies that do not neutralize infection can nevertheless protect mice from disease. Show notes at [https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/twiv-789/]

'Dr. Fauci speaks on antiviral program for COVID-19 (August 3rd, 2021)



Coronavirus Briefing: NC Gov. Roy Cooper (August 4th, 2021)



PRESS RELEASE (08-04-2021)
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER


Governor Cooper Announces Third COVID-19 Cash Drawing Winner and Highlights HOPE Program for Rental and Utility Assistance
HOPE Program has increased cap on awards and is now accepting landlord referrals

Today, amid higher COVID-19 numbers statewide, Governor Roy Cooper again urged North Carolinians to get vaccinated. He also announced the third winner of North Carolina’s Your Shot at $1 Million Summer Cash Drawing. Winston-Salem resident and incoming Fayetteville State University freshman Audrey Chavous received the $1 million prize as part of the cash drawing that includes North Carolinians 18 and over who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

“The highly contagious Delta variant makes vaccination all the more important,” said Governor Cooper. “We can’t afford for people to wait any longer. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are up. Simply put, get your shot.”

Kody Kinsley, Chief Deputy Secretary for Health at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), said he hopes Chavous will inspire other young adults to get vaccinated right away and take advantage of the state’s new $100 Summer Cards for people who get their first dose of the vaccine.

“New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise and most of these cases are among young adults,” said Kinsley. “Vaccination is our way out of this pandemic and putting masks behind us. Our $1 Million Summer Cash drawings might be over, but you can still get a $100 Summer Card through the end of August. Don’t wait to vaccinate.”

In the last couple of weeks, North Carolina has seen a 42% increase in first shots.

“Facts about COVID-19 vaccines are key,” said Chavous, the cash drawing winner. “If you take your time and do the research, you’ll see that it’s backed by science and that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines far outweigh any short-term side effects or rare risks.”

Governor Cooper was also joined by Laura Hogshead, Director of the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency to update on the progress of emergency rental assistance.

The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) stood up the HOPE program last year and it is helping people across the state stay in their homes with the lights on. The average turnaround from application to payment on claims is 14-18 days. Since the HOPE Program opened last fall, more than $328 million has been awarded to help North Carolina families, with over $234 million already paid to landlords and utility providers statewide.

The HOPE Program has recently implemented program changes that will expand landlord participation and increase the amount of assistance going to families across the state. As of August 1, HOPE is accepting landlord referrals of tenants who need assistance. If you are a landlord whose tenant is struggling to pay rent, you can submit their name and contact information at the HOPE website.

In addition, the HOPE Program has increased the cap on financial awards to applicants The monthly rent award limit has increased by 30 percent and the utility award limit has increased a full 100 percent for all new applications as of August 1.

For more information on the HOPE program visit WWW.HOPE.NC.GOV or call 888-9ASK HOPE to get help.

COVID-19 myths frustrate health officials, hinder vaccine efforts (August 4th, 2021)




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On This Day

August 5th is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 148 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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


AD 25 – Guangwu claims the throne as Emperor of China, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty.

135 – Roman armies enter Betar, slaughtering thousands and ending the bar Kokhba revolt.

642 – Battle of Maserfield: Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria.

910 – The last major Danish army to raid England for nearly a century is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward the Elder and Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians.

939 – The Battle of Alhandic is fought between Ramiro II of León and Abd-ar-Rahman III at Zamora in the context of the Spanish Reconquista. The battle resulted in a victory for the Emirate of Córdoba.

1068 – Byzantine–Norman wars: Italo-Normans begin a nearly-three-year siege of Bari.

1100 – Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.

1278 – Spanish Reconquista: the forces of the Kingdom of Castile initiate the ultimately futile Siege of Algeciras against the Emirate of Granada.

1388 – The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.

1506 – The Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeats the Crimean Khanate in the Battle of Kletsk.

1583 – Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

1600 – The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.

1620 – The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England, carrying would-be settlers, on its first attempt to reach North America; it is forced to dock in Dartmouth when its companion ship, the Speedwell, springs a leak.
• [Wikipedia: Mayflower]

1689 – Beaver Wars: Fifteen hundred Iroquois attack Lachine in New France.

1716 – Austro-Turkish War (1716–1718): One-fifth of a Turkish army and the Grand Vizier are killed in the Battle of Petrovaradin.

1735 – Freedom of the press: New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true.

1763 – Pontiac's War: Battle of Bushy Run: British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac's Indians at Bushy Run.

1781 – The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.

1796 – The Battle of Castiglione in Napoleon's first Italian campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars.

1816 – The British Admiralty dismisses Francis Ronalds's new invention of the first working electric telegraph as "wholly unnecessary", preferring to continue using the semaphore.

1824 – Greek War of Independence: Konstantinos Kanaris leads a Greek fleet to victory against Ottoman and Egyptian naval forces in the Battle of Samos.

1858 – Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month.

1860 – Charles XV of Sweden of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.

1861 – American Civil War: In order to help pay for the war effort, the United States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US$800; rescinded in 1872).

1861 – The United States Army abolishes flogging.

1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge: Along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops attempt to take the city, but are driven back by fire from Union gunboats.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Baton Rouge (1862)]
• [Baton Rouge August 5 1862]
• [Wikipedia: Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War]

1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Mobile Bay begins at Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama, Admiral David Farragut leads a Union flotilla through Confederate defenses and seals one of the last major Southern ports.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Mobile Bay]
• [The Battle of Mobile Bay - 154th Anniversary Campfire Talk with Ranger Karlton Smith]

1874 – Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in the United Kingdom.

1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.

1888 – Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip, commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route since 2008.

1901 – Peter O'Connor sets the first IAAF recognised long jump world record of 24 ft 11.75 in (7.6137 m), a record that would stand for 20 years.

1906 – Persian Constitutional Revolution: Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, King of Iran, agrees to convert the government to a constitutional monarchy.

1914 – World War I: The German minelayer SS Königin Luise lays a minefield about 40 miles (64 km) off the Thames Estuary (Lowestoft). She is intercepted and sunk by the British light-cruiser HMS Amphion.

1914 – World War I: The guns of Point Nepean fort at Port Phillip Heads in Victoria (Australia) fire across the bows of the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamer SS Pfalz which is attempting to leave the Port of Melbourne in ignorance of the declaration of war and she is detained; this is said to be the first Allied shot of the War.

1914 – In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
• [First electric traffic signal installed]
• [Early Electric Traffic Signals] (Cleveland Police Museum)

1916 – World War I: Battle of Romani: Allied forces, under the command of Archibald Murray, defeat an attacking Ottoman army under the command of Friedrich Freiherr Kress von Kressenstein, securing the Suez Canal and beginning the Ottoman retreat from the Sinai Peninsula.

1925 – Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language that is at the time in danger of dying out.

1926 – Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.

1940 – World War II: The Soviet Union formally annexes Latvia.

1944 – World War II: At least 1,104 Japanese POWs in Australia attempt to escape from a camp at Cowra, New South Wales; 545 temporarily succeed but are later either killed, commit suicide, or are recaptured.
• [Wikipedia: Cowra breakout]
• [The Prison Breakout at Cowra, Australia. Revised Edition.]
• [The Cowra Breakout- Australia at War]

1944 – World War II: Polish insurgents liberate a German labor camp (Gęsiówka) in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners.

1944 – World War II: The Nazis begin a week-long massacre of between 40,000 and 50,000 civilians and prisoners of war in Wola, Poland.
• [Wikipedia: Wola massacre]
• ['Hitler killed these girls’ The Shocking Wola Massacre]
• [In the footsteps of Slaughter of Wola]

1949 – In Ecuador, an earthquake destroys 50 towns and kills more than 6,000.

1957 – American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage "baby-boomers" by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network.

1960 – Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.

1962 – Apartheid: Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.

1962 – American actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead at her home from a drug overdose.

1963 – Cold War: The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union sign the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

1964 – Vietnam War: Operation Pierce Arrow: American aircraft from carriers USS Ticonderoga and USS Constellation bomb North Vietnam in retaliation for strikes against U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
• [Wikipedia: Operation Pierce Arrow]

1965 – The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 begins as Pakistani soldiers cross the Line of Control dressed as locals.

1969 – The Lonesome Cowboys police raid occurs in Atlanta, Georgia, leading to the creation of the Georgia Gay Liberation Front.

1971 – The first Pacific Islands Forum (then known as the "South Pacific Forum") is held in Wellington, New Zealand, with the aim of enhancing cooperation between the independent countries of the Pacific Ocean.

1973 – Mars 6 is launched from the USSR.

1974 – Vietnam War: The U.S. Congress places a $1 billion limit on military aid to South Vietnam.

1974 – Watergate scandal: President Richard Nixon, under orders of the US Supreme Court, releases the "Smoking Gun" tape, recorded on June 23,

1972, clearly revealing his actions in covering up and interfering investigations into the break-in. His political support vanishes completely.

1979 – In Afghanistan, Maoists undertake the Bala Hissar uprising against the Leninist government.

1981 – President Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
• [Reagan fires 11,000 striking air traffic controllers, Aug. 5, 1981]
• [Remarks and Q & A with reporters on the Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) strike]
• [PATCO Strike of 1981: President Reagan Dismisses 11,345 Air Traffic Controllers]

1984 – A Biman Bangladesh Airlines Fokker F27 Friendship crashes on approach to Zia International Airport, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing all 49 people on board.

1995 – Yugoslav Wars: The city of Knin, Croatia, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated in Croatia as Victory Day.

2003 – A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.

2010 – The Copiapó mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft (700 m) below the ground for 69 days.

2010 – Ten members of International Assistance Mission Nuristan Eye Camp team are killed by persons unknown in Kuran wa Munjan District of Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.

2012 – The Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six victims; the perpetrator committed suicide after being wounded by police.

2015 – The Environmental Protection Agency at Gold King Mine waste water spill releases three million gallons of heavy metal toxin tailings and waste water into the Animas River in Colorado.

2019 – Revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (state) occurred and the state was bifurcated into two union territories viz Jammu and Kashmir (union territory) and Ladakh.

2020 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the 'Bhoomi Pujan' or land worship ceremony in Ayodhya, laid the foundation stone of Rama Mandir in Ayodhya after Supreme Court rules verdict in favor of building the temple on the disputed land of Ayodhya; Pakistan retaliates by calling it 'Black Day'.



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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, 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

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
August 4, 2021



Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public. In June and July, the health department released numbers on a wekly basis on Fridays, and in August has switched back to releasing numbers everyday.



Known COVID-19 Cases

3325 Detected
(+20 from yesterday and +45 from last week and +111 in four weeks)

79 Active
(+17 (+27.42%) from yesterday and +35 (+79.55%) from last week and +67 (+558.33%) in four weeks

3205 Recovered
(+3 from yesterday and +10 from last week and +44 in four weeks)

41 Deaths
(unchanged from yesterday and unchanged from last week and unchanged in four weeks)





Testing numbers reported to the health department

9771 by Macon County Public Health
(unchanged from yesterday and +51 from last week and +108 in four weeks)

11609 by Others
(+32 from yesterday and +136 from last week and +393 in four weeks)

21380 Total Tests
(+32 from yesterday and +187 from last week and +501 in four weeks)

24 tests pending results
(-27 from yesterday and +14 from last week and -2 in four weeks)






Vaccine Delivery Statistics

134 Vaccines Given Today
(+134 from yesterday and +103 from last week and +131 in four weeks)

202 Vaccines in Inventory
(-148 from yesterday and -148 from last week and -847 in four weeks)

12812 Total Vaccines Given
(+134 from yesterday and +134 from last week and +180 in four weeks)

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News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 4, 2021



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COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

In-situ cold-air damming continues today, leading to well below-normal highs. The wedge should erode Wednesday evening into early Thursday leading to warmer highs on Thursday. Over the weekend, we return to a pattern of diurnally-driven convection, before model guidance diverges on the details of early next week.




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Local News

Franklin Town Council, August 2021



The Franklin Town Council met last night. The public agenda and agenda packet are posted on [MaconMedia.com]

Macon County Board of Education, July 2021



For more information, visit [MaconMedia.com].

Macon County Board of Commissioners, July 2021



Supporting documents can be found at [MaconMedia.com]

Franklin Town Council - July 2021



Supporting documents posted online at [MaconMedia.com]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Scattered showers before noon, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then isolated showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 30%. 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 noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.




Otto area

Scattered showers before noon, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rainis 30%. 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. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, 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.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.




Nantahala area

Today

Scattered showers before noon, then scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Scattered showers, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rainfall is 30%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 4 2021

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

1. A small and weak area of low pressure, with limited shower and thunderstorm activity, is passing near the Cabo Verde Islands. Significant development of this system is not expected during the next day or so due to unfavorable upper-level winds and marginally warm waters. Afterwards, this system is forecast to move northward or north-northwestward over cooler waters, ending its development chances. Locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are possible over portions of the Cabo Verde Islands through today.

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

2. A tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa by late Thursday. Environmental conditions appear somewhat conducive for some slow development over the far eastern Atlantic through the weekend into early next week while this system moves generally westward at about 15 mph.

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




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Almanac

Air Quality




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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (4.2 out of 12) today with Grasses and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.0 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on August 3rd


Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands in 1940
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


August Weather Extremes for Macon County

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

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of August
Data available from 1870 to 2020

Highest Temperature 110°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County 08-21-1983
Lowest Temperature 31°F Banner Elk, Avery County 08-23-1930
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 13.08 in Idlewild, Ashe County 08-14-1930

Monthly Averages for North Carolina

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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encaustic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at karen@programservices.org


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National News Roundup

Level1 News August 4 2021:Tencent Now Worth Fivecent



CLIPS: Findings from investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Response from Governor and Calls to Resign (August 3rd, 2021)



Experts testify before Senate on student loan bankruptcy reform



NBC Nightly News, August 3rd, 2021



PBS NewsHour full episode, August 3rd, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





Weekly COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County (August 3, 2021) [Macon Media]

Behavioral Nudges Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations [Nature]



Melatonin interferes with COVID-19 at several distinct ROS-related steps [ScienceDirect]

Pairing facts with imagined consequences improves pandemic-related risk perception [PNAS]



No evidence of SARS-CoV-2 reverse transcription and integration as the origin of chimeric transcripts in patient tissues [PNAS]



Dr John Campbell: US cases and vaccinations up



Dr John Campbell: Vaccines recomended in pregnancy



Emergence of SARS-COV-2 Spike Protein Escape Mutation Q493R after Treatment for COVID-19 [CDC]

Illness duration and symptom profile in symptomatic UK school-aged children tested for SARS-CoV-2 [The Lancet]

Yes, your employer can require you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine [WRAL-TV]

'Dr. Fauci speaks on antiviral program for COVID-19 (August 3rd, 2021)



Coronavirus Briefing: NC Gov. Roy Cooper (July 29th, 2021)



PRESS RELEASE (07-29-2021)
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER


 Today, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. announced that state government would begin verifying vaccination status of its workers. Employees not vaccinated are required to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week. Today’s announcement comes as North Carolina’s latest upswing in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is driven by unvaccinated North Carolinians.

“Until more people get the vaccine, we will continue living with the very real threat of serious disease, and we will continue to see more dangerous and contagious variants like Delta,” said Governor Cooper.

NCDHHS updated guidance encourages private sector businesses to, at a minimum, verify vaccination status for their workers as well. The requirement for state government employees applies to cabinet agencies and is included in Executive Order 224.

“There is only one way out of this pandemic and that is vaccination. Our trends are accelerating at an alarmingly fast rate and the highest rates of viral spread are happening in areas with low vaccination rates and among those who are not fully vaccinated,” said Secretary Cohen. “If you are already vaccinated, I call on you to urge your unvaccinated family and friends to get their shot now. It is not an understatement to say that you will save lives by doing so.”

The NCDHHS updated guidance reminds unvaccinated people that they need to continue practicing the three Ws – wear a mask in all indoor public settings, wait six feet apart in all public settings and wash hands often. In addition, unvaccinated people should not gather with other unvaccinated people who do not live with them. If they do, they should stay outside and keep 6 feet of distance. In addition, unvaccinated people should not travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new mask guidance this week based on levels of transmission in communities. The new maps designate counties as areas of low (blue), moderate (yellow), substantial (orange) or high (red) transmission. Moving forward, everyone in a red or orange county in North Carolina, including those who have been vaccinated, should wear a mask in public indoor settings.

Additionally, in accordance with the updated CDC guidance, all K-12 schools should require universal masking, regardless of vaccination status. NCDHHS is updating its guidance for schools to align with this recommendation.

To date, North Carolina has administered nearly 9.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 57 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated. 61 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 86 percent of North Carolinians 65 and over.

Learn more about the state’s vaccine distribution at myspot.nc.gov (English) or Vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish). Details on the Your Shot at $1 Million Summer Cash Drawing can be found at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/summervaxcash. Use NCDHHS’ online tool Find a Vaccine Location to find a nearby vaccine site. Call the state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 888-675-4567.

Read the Executive Order.

Read a Frequently Asked Questions document



COVID-19 Delta Variant - Masks for Fully Vaccinated People Explained (August 3rd, 2021)




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On This Day

August 4th is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 149 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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


598 – Goguryeo-Sui War: Emperor Wéndi of Sui orders his youngest son, Yang Liang (assisted by the co-prime minister Gao Jiong), to conquer Goguryeo (Korea) during the Manchurian rainy season, with a Chinese army and navy.
• [Wikipedia: 598 Invasion]

1265 – Second Barons' War: Battle of Evesham: The army of Prince Edward (the future king Edward I of England) defeats the forces of rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, killing de Montfort and many of his allies.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Evesham]
• [Wikipedia: Second Barons' War]
• [The Battle of Evesham 1265 AD] (BazBattles)
• [The battle of Evesham, metal detecting uk] (EnglandsHistory)

1327 – First War of Scottish Independence: James Douglas leads a raid into Weardale and almost kills Edward III of England.
• [Wikipedia: Weardale campaign]
• [Wikipedi: First War of Scottish Independence]
• [Ten Minute English and British History #13 - The First Scottish War of Independence.]

1578 – Battle of Al Kasr al Kebir: The Moroccans defeat the Portuguese. King Sebastian of Portugal is killed in the battle, leaving his elderly uncle, Cardinal Henry, as his heir. This initiates a succession crisis in Portugal.
• [Battle of Alcácer Quibir]
• [Wikipedia: Moroccan–Portuguese conflicts]
• Battle of the Three Kings, 1578 AD [(Part 1/2) ⚔️ Portugal launches a Crusade against Morocco] [(Part 2/2) ⚔️ The Kings clash at Alcácer Quibir]

1693 – Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of champagne; it is not clear whether he actually invented champagne, however he has been credited as an innovator who developed the techniques used to perfect sparkling wine.

1701 – Great Peace of Montreal between New France and First Nations is signed.
• [Wikipedia: Great Peace of Montreal]

1704 – War of the Spanish Succession: Gibraltar is captured by an English and Dutch fleet, commanded by Admiral Sir George Rooke and allied with Archduke Charles.
• [Wikipedia: Capture of Gibraltar]
• [History with Hilbert: Why is Gibraltar British?]
• [Wikipedia: War of the Spanish Succession]

1783 – Mount Asama erupts in Japan, killing about 1,400 people. The eruption causes a famine, which results in an additional 20,000 deaths.

1789 – France: abolition of feudalism by the National Constituent Assembly.
• [Wikipedia: Abolition of feudalism in France]

1790 – A newly passed tariff act creates the Revenue Cutter Service (the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard).
• [Wikipedia: United States Revenue Cutter Service]

1791 – The Treaty of Sistova is signed, ending the Ottoman–Habsburg wars.
• [Wiklipedia: Treaty of Sistova]
• [Wikipedia: Ottoman–Habsburg wars]

1796 – French Revolutionary Wars: Napoleon leads the French Army of Italy to victory in the Battle of Lonato.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Lonato]
• [French Revolutionary Wars]

1821 – The Saturday Evening Post is published for the first time as a weekly newspaper.

1854 – The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.
• [Wikipedia: Flag of Japan]

1857 – NC History: Secretary of the Navy James Dobbin died. He was born in Fayetteville, NC.
• [NCpedia Bio]

1863 – Matica slovenská, Slovakia's public-law cultural and scientific institution focusing on topics around the Slovak nation, is established in Martin.
• [Wikipedia: Matica slovenská]
• [Official website]

1873 – American Indian Wars: While protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the United States 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer clashes for the first time with the Cheyenne and Lakota people near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed.

1889 – The Great Fire of Spokane, Washington destroys some 32 blocks of the city, prompting a mass rebuilding project.
• [Wikipedia: Great Spokane Fire]
• [The Great Fire of 1889]
• [The Great Spokane Fire of 1889] (sound is echoey)

1892 – The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home. She was tried and acquitted for the crimes a year later.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Lizzie Borden]
• [Lizzie Borden: A Real-Life Axe Murderer]
• [Mercury Rising: The Tale of Lizzie Borden by Mark John Maguire] (Age-Restricted Video)

1914 – In response to the German invasion of Belgium, Belgium and the British Empire declare war on Germany. The United States declares its neutrality.
• [Germany in Two-Front War and the Schlieffen-Plan I THE GREAT WAR - Week 2]

1915 – World War I: The German 12th Army occupies Warsaw during the Gorlice–Tarnów Offensive and the Great Retreat of 1915.
• [Gorlice–Tarnów offensive]
• [Great Retreat (Russian)]
• [Scorched Earth - Russia's retreat goes up in flames! l THE GREAT WAR Week 52]

1924 – Diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Soviet Union are established.
• [Wikipedia: Mexico–Russia relations]

1936 – Prime Minister of Greece Ioannis Metaxas suspends parliament and the Constitution and establishes the 4th of August Regime.
• [4th of August Regime]

1942 – World War II: (NC History) Camp Butner Opens to Accomodate up to 30,000 Axis Prisoners.
• [N.C. POW CAMP: BUTNER SPURRED LASTING MEMORIES] (Greensboro News and Record)
• [Prisoners of War in North Carolina]

1944 – The Holocaust: A tip from a Dutch informer leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, where they find and arrest Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and four others.
• [Reconstruction: the arrest of the people in hiding]
• [Who Betrayed Anne Frank?]
• [This Is What Anne Frank's Arrest Looked Like]

1944 – The Finnish Parliament, by derogation, elected Marshal C. G. E. Mannerheim as President of Finland to replace Risto Ryti, who had resigned.

1946 – An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. One hundred are killed and 20,000 are left homeless.

1947 – The Supreme Court of Japan is established.

1964 – Civil rights movement: Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21.
• [Wikipedia: Murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner]
• [Slain civil rights workers found]
• [1964 NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: Chaney, Goodman & Schwerner!!] (just after they went missing)
• [The True Story Of Mississippi Burning | FULL EPISODE | The FBI Files]

1964 – Second Gulf of Tonkin Incident: U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy mistakenly report coming under attack in the Gulf of Tonkin.
• [Wikipedia: Second Alleged Attack]
• [CBS News - Gulf of Tonkin incident - 1964-08-05] (news report the day after the incident)
• [Tonkin Gulf and the Escalation of the Vietnam War by Dr. Edwin E. Moïse] (The USAEC and War College)

1965 – The Constitution of the Cook Islands comes into force, giving the Cook Islands self-governing status within New Zealand.

1969 – Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, American representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuân Thuỷ begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail.

1974 – A bomb explodes in the Italicus Express train at San Benedetto Val di Sambro, Italy, killing 12 people and wounding 22.

1975 – The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages include the U.S. consul and the Swedish Chargé d'affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya.

1977 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.

1984 – The Republic of Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso.

1987 – The Federal Communications Commission rescinds the Fairness Doctrine which had required radio and television stations to present controversial issues "fairly".
• [Wikipedia: FCC fairness doctrine]
• [What Happened to the Fairness Doctrine? Journalist Explains]
• [Celebrating the End of the Fairness Doctrine]
• [Fairness Doctrine 3: The argument for the "Fairness Doctrine."]
• [Fairness Doctrine 4: The argument against the "Fairness Doctrine"]

1995 – Operation Storm begins in Croatia.
• [Croatia | Operation Storm and the End of Serbian Krajina]
• [Wikipedia: Operation Storm]
• [Croatian Documentary]

2006 – A massacre is carried out by Sri Lankan government forces, killing 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF).

2007 – NASA's Phoenix spacecraft is launched.
• [Wikipedia: Phoenix (spacecraft)]
• [Phoenix Launch, Entry, Decent and Landing Animation]
• [Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice]

2018 – Syrian civil war: The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expel the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from the Iraq–Syria border, concluding the second phase of the Deir ez-Zor campaign.

2019 – Nine people are killed and 26 injured in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio. This comes only 12 hours after another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where 23 people were killed.

2020 – At least 220 people are killed and over 5,000 are wounded when 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate explodes in Beirut, Lebanon.
• [LWikipedia: 2020 Beirut explosion]
• Video Compilations [Part One] [Part Two]
• [SkyNews: Inside a Beirut hospital when the blast hit]
• [Beirut’s search for answers | The Full Report]
• [Beirut explosion: What happened and who is responsible? | DW News]
• [Beirut Blast: The explosion that stole a nation's hope | Four Corners]





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