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Monday, August 8, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, August 8, 2022



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

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



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

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


Highlands Plateau

Today

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

Tonight

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

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

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


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

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

Tonight

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

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

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


Nantahala Area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

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







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

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





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




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

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

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

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

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





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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

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












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

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

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



Record Weather Events for August 8th

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

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


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

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

All-time record weather events for Macon County

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

Monthly Averages

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




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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


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Local and State News


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

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

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

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

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


State Budget Details

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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



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

Ukraine’s Unstoppable Medics I Close Up






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (Day 148-158)







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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

Donald Trump speaks at CPAC 2022



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



Face The Nation: Daly, Meeks, Hsiao, Meijer



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




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



Nightly News Full Broadcast - August 07


PBS NewsHour Full Episode August 7th, 2022



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



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COVID-19 News and Updates

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



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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




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Science and Technology News Roundup

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



Leo Laporte - The Tech Guy: 1916



Let's Call It an Upgrade | LINUX Unplugged 470



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



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



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



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

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






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

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



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



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



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



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



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







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On This Day

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

Historical Events



Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. President,

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

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

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

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

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


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

1876 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Sunday, August 7, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, August 7, 2022



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

The typical summertime pattern continues with the subtropical ridge in the western Atlantic through the middle of next week. This will lead to daily diurnal shower and thunderstorm chances into the middle of the workweek. A cold front approaches the area from the northwest on Wednesday before tracking over the Carolinas Thursday into Friday. This will keep shower and thunderstorm chances around through the end of the workweek. Expect a cooler and less humid airmass behind the front heading into next weekend.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Tuesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Widespread dense fog before 10am. Highs in the mid 80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. 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.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

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


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Widespread dense fog before 10am. Highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Highs near 80. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

...PATCHY DENSE FOG DEVELOPING THIS MORNING ACROSS THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS...

Areas of fog will develop across the mountains and foothills through mid-morning, and the fog may become dense in locations along the mountain river valleys and in foothill areas where appreciable rain fell yesterday. The patchy dense fog will reduce visibility to one-quarter mile or less at times and may be quite variable over short distances.

Use caution if driving this morning. Allow extra travel time and stopping distance. Use low-beam headlights and fog lamps if you encounter dense fog. The visibility should start improving between 9 and 10 am EDT.

Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected today, especially in the afternoon and early evening hours. Localized flooding is possible due to saturated soils and heavy downpours. Isolated damaging wind gusts are also possible in the strongest storms.

There may be a slight lull Monday and Tuesday in the strong storm and flooding threat, but on Wednesday stronger storms and heavier rains are expected to increase again, with some storms continuing into Wednesday night and Thursday for parts of the area. Friday and Saturday look quiet.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Aug 7 2022

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

1. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A tropical wave located near the west coast of Africa is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the far eastern tropical Atlantic. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development of this system while it moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic, and a tropical depression could form around the middle part of week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - August 6, 2022: Watching Tropical Atlantic





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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

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












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

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range 4.3 out of 12) today with Grasses, Nettle, and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.1 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for August 7th

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

Highest Temperature 98°F in Highlands in 1930
Lowest Temperature 43°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1950
Greatest Rainfall 3.64 inches in Highlands in 1937
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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


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Local and State News


Why is Teacher Pay So Low in North Carolina? "Grading Teacher Pay" - A WRAL Documentary



• Take a tasty journey through the new wave of barbecue taking North Carolina by storm [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Remains of WWII solider identified as North Carolinian among first to land on D-Day [Charlotte Observer]

• Duke Health experts say monkeypox cases will keep rising in NC [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC lawmaker applauds Senate passage of bills that support law enforcement [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Charlotte firm acquires Beverly-Hanks, WNC's largest real estate firm [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 06 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for August 6th]

• Ukraine: Life Under Russia's Attack [PBS Frontline]

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

Shelling at Ukraine nuclear power plant puts world on edge | DW News






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (Day 148-158)







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

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

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

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

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


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

• Erdogan’s diplomacy with Russia alarms West – FT [Russia Today]

• Russia responds to reports about nuclear arms on high alert [Pravda ]

• Google notifies Russia’s tech corporation Rostec about blocking of its YouTube channel [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

• Shale Drillers Warn of Higher Costs as They Report Record Profits [Wall Street Journal]

• A battle for safe drinking water grows heated amid drought in California’s Central Valley [Courthouse News Service]

• Jan. 6 texts, data deleted from Secret Service, Pentagon phones lead to accusations of cover-up [Yahoo! News]

• In Turbulent Times, Xi Builds a Security Fortress for China, and Himself [New York Times]

• DNA links two men in prison to cold case from 1983 that originally sent the wrong man to prison for 37 years [CNN]

• Heat kills more in U.S. each year than any other extreme weather event [NBC News]

• Destructive rain in Death Valley and flooded Vegas casinos mark a summer of extreme weather [Los Angeles TRimes]

• PLA to mount more military drills after Taiwan live-fire exercises [South China Morning Post]


Global National: Aug. 6, 2022 | Dutch national found guilty in Amanda Todd case



Nightly News Full Broadcast - August 06


PBS NewsHour Full Episode August 65th, 2022



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



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COVID-19 News and Updates

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



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Zhao Weiguo: China’s No. 1 chip tycoon vanishes ["https://moneyweek.com/economy/people/605205/zhao-weiguo-chinas-no-1-chip-tycoon-vanishes"]

• The internet is a misinformation superhighway [Chicago Sun-Times]

• Why Putting Solar Canopies on Parking Lots Is a Smart Green Move [Yale Environment 360]

• Northrop Grumman received $3.29 billion to develop a missile defense system that could protect the entire U.S. territory from ballistic missiles [Engadget]

• Study Finds World Can Switch to 100% Renewable Energy and Earn Back Its Investment in Just 6 Years [My Modern Met]

Ukrainian military training: Forces partner with video game maker



• How Taiwan semiconductors are key for global high-tech [How Taiwan semiconductors are key for global high-tech]

• Global Consumer Service Robotics Market Grew 25 Per Cent In 2021: Report [Entrepreneur India]

• Microsoft trackers run afoul of DuckDuckGo, get added to blocklist [ARS TECHNICA]

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


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

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



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



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

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





SSLV-D1 - the first launch of SSLV | SciNews



India enters the small satellite launch market with the successful launch of ISRO's SSLV | WION



REPLAY: Indian SSLV first orbital test flight! (7 Aug 2022) | Raw Space



World War Two 206 - Allied Tidal Wave in Romania - August 6, 1943






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Shelling at Ukraine nuclear power plant puts world on edge | DW News



Refugees escape Russian control in Ukraine's south | ABC News



Ukrainian military training: Forces partner with video game maker



Russia-Ukraine war: IAEA warns of 'Nuclear disaster' as fighting in Zaporizhzhya intensifies | WION



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On This Day

August 7 is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 146 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)

461 – Roman Emperor Majorian is beheaded near the river Iria in north-west Italy following his arrest and deposition by the magister militum Ricimer.

626 – The Avar and Slav armies leave the siege of Constantinople.

768 – Pope Stephen III is elected to office, and quickly seeks Frankish protection against the Lombard threat, since the Byzantine Empire is no longer able to help.

936 – Coronation of King Otto I of Germany.

1461 – The Ming dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor.

1479 – Battle of Guinegate: French troops of King Louis XI were defeated by the Burgundians led by Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Guinegate (1479)]
• [Dramatization] (English subtitles)
• [Wikipedia: War of the Burgundian Succession]

1679 – The brigantine Le Griffon, commissioned by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, is towed to the south-eastern end of the Niagara River, to become the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes of North America. 1714 – The Battle of Gangut: The first important victory of the Russian Navy.
• [Battle of Gangut]
• [Historical Underwater Video Marathon: Battle of Gangut]
• [Gangut: The Tide Breaker. Re-enactment of the first naval victory of Peter the Great]

1743 – The Treaty of Åbo ended the 1741–1743 Russo-Swedish War.

1782 – George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed the Purple Heart.
• [Wikipedia: Badge of Military Merit]
• [Purple Heart]
• [Almanac: Purple Heart]
• [National Purple Heart Hall of Honor]

1786 – The first federal Indian Reservation is created by the United States.
• [Wikipedia: Indian reservation]
• [History.com: Indian Reservations]
• [How Independent Are Native American Reservations?]

1789 – The United States Department of War is established.

1791 – American troops destroy the Miami town of Kenapacomaqua near the site of present-day Logansport, Indiana in the Northwest Indian War.

1794 – U.S. President George Washington invokes the Militia Acts of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.

1819 – Simón Bolívar triumphs over Spain in the Battle of Boyacá.

1858 – The first Australian rules football match is played between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College.

1890 – Anna Månsdotter became the last woman to be executed in Sweden for the 1889 Yngsjö murder.

1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York, New York to San Francisco, California.

1927 – The Peace Bridge opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.

1930 – The last confirmed lynching of black people in the Northern United States occurs in Marion, Indiana; two men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, are killed.

1933 – The Kingdom of Iraq slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Simele. This date is recognized as Martyrs Day or National Day of Mourning by the Assyrian community in memory of the Simele massacre.

1942 – World War II: The Battle of Guadalcanal begins as the United States Marines initiate the first American offensive of the war with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.
• [Wikipedia: Guadalcanal campaign]
• [Battlefield S4/E5 - The Battle of Guadalcanal]
• [Guadalcanal Naval Campaign] (8 video playlist)

1944 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).

1946 – The government of the Soviet Union presented a note to its Turkish counterparts which refuted the latter's sovereignty over the Turkish Straits, thus beginning the Turkish Straits crisis.

1947 – Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft, the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America.
• [Wikipedia: Kon-Tiki expedition]
• [Wikipedia: Thor Heyerdahl]
• [The Tangaroa Expedition (The Kon-Tiki Expedition) 2012 Documentary]

1947 – The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).

1959 – Explorer program: Explorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

1960 – Ivory Coast becomes independent from France.

1962 – Canadian-born American pharmacologist Frances Oldham Kelsey awarded the U.S. President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service for her refusal to authorize thalidomide.

1964 – Vietnam War: The U.S. Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on American forces.
• [Gulf of Tonkin Resolution]
• [The Gulf of Tonkin Incident (1964)] (Simple History)
• [The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution | History]
• [CBS News - Gulf of Tonkin incident - 1964-08-05]

1969 – Richard Nixon appoints Luis R. Bruce, a Mohawk-Oglala Sioux and co-founder of the National Congress of American Indians, as the new commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

1970 – California judge Harold Haley is taken hostage in his courtroom and killed during an effort to free George Jackson from police custody.

1974 – Philippe Petit performs a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1,368 feet (417 m) in the air.

1976 – Viking program: Viking 2 enters orbit around Mars.

1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been disposed of negligently.

1981 – The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.

1985 – Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.

1987 – Cold War: Lynne Cox becomes the first person to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, crossing the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in Alaska to Big Diomede in the Soviet Union.

1989 – U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.

1990 – First American soldiers arrive in Saudi Arabia as part of the Gulf War.

1993 – Ada Deer, a Menominee activist, sworn in as the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

1995 – The Chilean government declares state of emergency in the southern half of the country in response to an event of intense, cold, wind, rain and snowfall known as the White Earthquake.

1997 – Space Shuttle Program: The Space Shuttle Discovery launches on STS-85 from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
• [Wikipedia: STS-85]
• [STS 85 launch August 7 1997]
• [STS-85 Mission Highlights Resources Tape]
• [STS-85 Postflight Presentation]
• [STS-85 Day 01 Highlights]

1997 – Fine Air Flight 101 crashes after takeoff from Miami International Airport, killing five people.

1998 – Bombings at United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya kill approximately 212 people.
• [Wikipedia: 1998 United States embassy bombings]
• [Al Qaeda's First Ever Attack: Nairobi Embassy]
• [1998 US Embassy Blasts Suspect Dead]

1999 – The Chechnya-based Islamic International Brigade invades neighboring Dagestan, aka The Second Chechen War or the War of Dagestan.

• [Wikipedia: War of Dagestan]
• [Harvard International Review: The Bleeding Puzzle of Chechnya and Dagestan]
• [Feature History - Chechen Wars (1/2)]
• [Feature History - Chechen Wars (2/2)]
• [The Second Chechen War - Documentary - (Remasterd)]

2007 – At AT&T Park, Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run to surpass Hank Aaron's 33-year-old record.

2008 – The start of the Russo-Georgian War over the territory of South Ossetia.

• [Wikipedia: Russo-Georgian War]
• [Russia vs. Georgia: The War That Shook The Caucasus]
• [Russo-Georgian War - Europe's First War of the 21st Century | Warographics]
• [Feature History - Russo-Georgian War]
• [Wikipedia: Second Chechen War]
• [Inside Russia's Cold War With Another Neighbor, Georgia]

2020 – Air India Express Flight 1344 overshoots the runway at Calicut International Airport in the Malappuram district of Kerala, India, and crashes, killing 21 of the 190 people on board.


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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, August 07, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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