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Friday, July 2, 2021

Weather Briefing for Friday, July 2021


A cold front accompanied by abundant moisture will lead to widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms today. The front moves east and south of the area by Saturday and Independence Day, bringing sunny skies and unusually low humidity for this time of year. More seasonably warm and humid conditions return for most of next week.


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Local News Update
(National News is published after the Macon Calendar section)

Town of Franklin Announces Independence Day Celebration

(Franklin, NC) The Town of Franklin’s annual celebration of Independence Day will see several changes in 2021.

“Franklin’s celebration this year will be held on Saturday, July 3. It is a true, small town American experience. The Town Council and Employees have planned an event that is open to everyone-- children, residents, visitors, veterans, young, old, and pets—to have the opportunity to take part in the parade and all activities as we celebrate our Nation’s 245 th birthday. It is a celebration where everyone becomes a participant—not just a spectator,” said Mayor Bob Scott. The activities will begin at 12 noon with inflatables for kids including a water slide. The free attractions will be open until 4:00 p.m. on the square in Downtown Franklin near the Macon County Courthouse. Be sure your young ones are dressed appropriately to enjoy the water slide and other inflatables.

At 4:30 the Little Miss and Mister Firecracker Contest will take place. This contest is open to all girls and boys ages 3 to 6. It is patriotic in nature with entrants judged on their patriotic attire and one question. No registration or entry fee is required for this family-friendly contest that will be held at the Gazebo on the Square.

Even pets can get in on the fun with the Patriotic Pet Contest following at approximately 4:45 p.m. Deck your pets out in red, white and blue for this fun event.

“Franklin hosts one of the few parades in the country that visitors can actually participate in,” said Justin Setser, Interim Town Manager. “We encourage locals and visitors alike to be part of the parade. All you have to do is be in the lower parking lot of Town Hall at 5:30 pm for lineup. Entrants can walk, drive or ride and are encouraged to incorporate patriotic colors.”

The Patriotic Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. and travel down Main Street, turn right on Iotla Street and disband back at Town Hall.

Following the Patriotic Parade, a short break is planned to relax, have dinner, and get ready for Fireworks Over Franklin. The park and watch fireworks show will be displayed in East Franklin at 15 First Street across from the Shops at Riverwalk (formerly East Franklin Shopping Center). Many will not even have to leave their homes to view the show.

“We are again working with Hale Artificier, Inc. of Lexington, North Carolina to produce the show,” said Scott. “These folks have been in business nearly 40 years and produce spectacular fireworks displays all across the Southeast.”

Fireworks Over Franklin is an all-aerial show that will feature hundreds of fireworks with over 250 shells in the grand finale alone.

A perimeter around the site will be secured and spectators will not be allowed to park or walk close to the launching site. Please note that any unauthorized vehicles in the safety zone will be towed.

“Plans are to have a test fireworks shell fired at 9:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. These test shells will help those who want to view the display determine if they might need to move to a different location for better viewing,” Scott said. “You will be able to view the display from many different locales in East Franklin and even from Town Hill.”

Prior to the fireworks display, the Town of Franklin will host a live radio broadcast on WFSC Radio beginning at 8:30 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. WFSC will air a patriotic soundtrack for the fireworks display that you will be able to enjoy, no matter where you are. Tune your radios to 104.9 FM for both the live broadcast and fireworks soundtrack.

“Franklin’s Fourth of July event is for everyone. The Town of Franklin is certainly very pleased to host these events for our residents and visitors as we return to normal during the pandemic,” Scott said.

For additional information call (828) 524-2516 or online at or follow on Facebook @FranklinNCEvents.

Vet's Portrait Project for 2021 

 The Macon County Art Association in Franklin is pleased to announce that the Vet’s Portrait Project will be held this year. This will be our ninth year for this event. Unfortunately the pandemic precluded the project last year but the artists are ready to go for 2021. This year there are spots for 4-7 veterans as we had applications remaining from 2019. Please announce the call for Macon County Veterans or their family members to apply to have the Veteran’s portrait painted by one of our local artists. Vets or their families may apply at the gallery between Memorial Day and July 4th of this year. There is no cost to apply or for the portraits. The only requirement is that the Veteran or their family member be present to receive the portrait on Veterans Day November 11, 2021. Community members who wish to help support the costs for this program are also welcome. Contact the project chair by email at

NC Dept of Justice Releases May 2021 Highlights [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Thursday Night

Franklin area


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 9am and 4pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds by midmorning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the northwest.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Independence Day

Sunny, with highs in the mid-80s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60.

Highlands Plateau


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy fog before noon. Highs near 70. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.


Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds.

Independence Day

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 50s.

Otto area


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 10am and 4pm. Patchy fog before noon. High in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the north.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Independence Day

Sunny, with highs in the mid-80s.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows around 60.

Nantahala area


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 9am and 2pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds out of the north.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Independence Day

Sunny, with highs near 80.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows around 60.


Showers and thunderstorms will cross the area today as the cold front moves southeast across the region. Cloud-to-ground lightning and very gusty winds may continue with any of the storms. Areas of heavy rainfall will be possible, potentially leading to isolated flash flooding. Rainfall will quickly move east of the area this evening.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 2 2021 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Elsa, located less than 200 miles east-southeast of Barbados. Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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Levi typically posts videos late in the afternoon or early before midnight on Youtube. [Youtube Channel]

Tropical Storm Elsa a Little Stronger and Approaching the Windward Islands (recorded July 1st)

Tropical Storm Elsa Discussion Number 6
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL052021
1100 PM AST Thu Jul 01 2021

The convective structure with Elsa tonight appears to be somewhat better organized than earlier, with a bursting type pattern of cold -75 to -80 C cloud top temperatures just to the northeast of the estimated center. However, a SSMIS microwave pass at 2130 UTC revealed that, underneath the cirrus, the deeper convection is still struggling to rotate up-shear as the system moves quickly to the west-northwest. Despite that fact, an ASCAT-A pass clipped the northeastern edge of Elsa and showed several wind retrievals of 44-46 kt. In addition, the most recent subjective Dvorak satellite classification from TAFB was T3.0/45 kt. In support of these data, the current estimated intensity was raised to 45 kt for this advisory.

Elsa continues to move quickly to the west-northwest at 290/23 kt. A continued rapid motion to the west-northwest is expected for the next 36 hours as the storm remains steered by a strong subtropical ridge to its north, and the guidance has trended a bit faster once again tonight. Thereafter, Elsa will reach the western extent of this ridge which will be eroded by a strong mid-latitude trough centered off the eastern US. Once again, the guidance spread increases greatly by this time, with the GFS/UKMET on the slow and left side of the guidance envelope, the ECMWF and its ensembles on the fast and right side, and the Canadian roughly in the middle. Interestingly, the latest GFS ensembles show some bifurcation within the larger guidance envelope, with the strongest members further south and west. The latest NHC track forecast is close to the previous track early on but somewhat faster, and in the latter period was nudged just slightly eastward towards the TVCN consensus. However, the track forecast in the latter time period remains low confidence.

The intensity forecast with Elsa also continues to be challenging this evening. While the GFS-based SHIPS guidance indicates that the current 200-850-hPa vertical wind shear is only 5-10 kt, the strong east-southeasterly low-level flow Elsa is embedded in is resulting in stronger 15-20 kt of west-northwesterly mid-level shear. This mid-level shear has thus far prevented deep convection from wrapping around the circulation and helping to align the low- and mid-level vortex like the GFS/HWRF models have been forecasting over the past day. Despite this convective structure, the fast east-southeasterly low-level flow will likely continue to enhance the winds on the north side of the circulation. For this reason, the intensity forecast still shows intensification in the short term to 55 kt. However, additional intensification beyond that will likely require a better vertically aligned vortex. This structure may be difficult to achieve as moderate mid-level shear continues, counter to the motion vector of the storm. After 48 hours, the intensity forecast shows slight weakening given the possibility of land interaction over the Greater Antilles. The latest intensity forecast continues remain on the conservative side relative to the guidance, especially the HWRF/HMON regional hurricane models, and is also low confidence.

Key Messages:

1. Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin early Friday in portions of the Windward and southern Leeward Islands, and are possible over portions of southern Hispaniola on Saturday, and are also possible over Jamaica beginning Saturday night.

2. Heavy rainfall from Elsa will move quickly across the Windward and southern Leeward Islands, including Barbados, on Friday. Outer rain bands will impact Puerto Rico on Friday and southern Hispaniola by early Saturday. Flooding and mudslides are possible.

3. There is a risk of wind and rainfall impacts in portions of Cuba, the Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas through early next week. Interests in these areas should monitor Elsa's progress and updates to the forecast.

4. There is a risk of storm surge, wind, and rainfall impacts in the Florida Keys and portions of the Florida Peninsula early next week. However, the forecast uncertainty remains larger than usual due to Elsa's potential interaction with the Greater Antilles this weekend. Interests in Florida should monitor Elsa's progress and updates to the forecast.


INIT 02/0300Z 11.8N 55.9W 45 KT 50 MPH
12H 02/1200Z 12.8N 60.7W 55 KT 65 MPH
24H 03/0000Z 14.5N 64.8W 55 KT 65 MPH
36H 03/1200Z 16.2N 69.8W 55 KT 65 MPH
48H 04/0000Z 17.7N 73.3W 55 KT 65 MPH
60H 04/1200Z 19.4N 76.5W 50 KT 60 MPH
72H 05/0000Z 21.2N 78.8W 50 KT 60 MPH
96H 06/0000Z 23.9N 80.7W 50 KT 60 MPH
120H 07/0000Z 28.2N 83.1W 50 KT 60 MPH

Air Quality

Air quality is in the upper 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
(There are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.5 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Dock being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (3.6 out of 12).

Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 2nd

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2012
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2008
Greatest Rainfall 3.00 inches in Franklin in 2003
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)

July Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872

Macon Calendar

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

National News Update

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - July 1st, 2021

Pelosi introduces members of Jan. 6 committee

PBS NewsHour full episode, July 1, 2021

On This Day

July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 182 days remain until the end of the year.

This day is the first day of the second half of the year, as well as the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years. There are 183 days before and 182 after it in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m for locations in the northern hemisphere, or 11:00 a.m for locations in the southern hemisphere; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. In a leap year in those countries, the middle of the year is at midnight. In countries that use summer time, the midpoint occurs at 1:00 a.m. on July 2, or 11:00 p.m. on July 1 in the southern hemisphere. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year's Day in common years.

Historical Events

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

437 – Emperor Valentinian III begins his reign over the Western Roman Empire. His mother Galla Placidia ends her regency, but continues to exercise political influence at the court in Rome.
• [Valentinian III ]
• [Western Roman Empire]
• [Galla Placidia]

626 – Li Shimin, the future Emperor Taizong of Tang, ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng in the Xuanwu Gate Incident.
• [Li Shimin]
• [Emperor Taizong of Tang]
• [Xuanwu Gate Incident]
• [Kings and Generals: Emperor Taizong and the Rise of the Tang Dynasty]
• [Teacup Media Podcast #129: The Incident at Xuanwu Gate ]

706 – In China, Emperor Zhongzong of Tang inters the bodies of relatives in the Qianling Mausoleum, located on Mount Liang outside Chang'an.
• [Emperor Zhongzong of Tang]
• [Qianling Mausoleum]

866 – Battle of Brissarthe: The Franks led by Robert the Strong are defeated by a joint Breton-Viking army.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Brissarthe]

936 – King Henry the Fowler dies in his royal palace in Memleben. He is succeeded by his son Otto I, who becomes the ruler of East Francia.
• [Wikipedia: King Henry the Fowler]
• [East Francia]

963 – The Byzantine army proclaims Nikephoros II Phokas Emperor of the Romans on the plains outside Cappadocian Caesarea.
• [Nikephoros II Phokas]

1298 – The Battle of Göllheim is fought between Albert I of Habsburg and Adolf of Nassau-Weilburg.
• [Battle of Göllheim]
• [Albert I of Habsburg]
• [Adolf, King of the Romans]

1494 – The Treaty of Tordesillas is ratified by Spain.
• [Treaty of Tordesillas]

1504 – Bogdan III the One-Eyed becomes Voivode of Moldavia.
• [Bogdan III the One-Eyed]

1555 – Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis sacks the Italian city of Paola.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Turgut Reis]

1561 – Menas, emperor of Ethiopia, defeats a revolt in Emfraz.
• [Menas of Ethiopia]

1582 – Battle of Yamazaki: Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeats Akechi Mitsuhide.
• [Battle of Yamazaki]
• [The Battle of Yamazaki | Sengoku Jidai Episode 35]

1613 – The first English expedition (from Virginia) against Acadia led by Samuel Argall takes place.

1644 – English Civil War: Battle of Marston Moor.
• [Battle of Marston Moor]
• [English Civil War]
• [Campaigns In History - The Battle Of Marston Moor]

1645 – Battle of Alford: Wars of the Three Kingdoms.
• [Battle of Alford]
• [Wars of the Three Kingdoms]
• [The English Civil Wars - A People Divided]

1698 – Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.

1776 – American Revolution: The Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not published until July 4.
• [Declaration of Independence] (Document Text)
• [Wikipedia: United States Declaration of Independence]
• [The Declaration of Independence (as read by Max McLean)]
• [The Declaration of Independence - Dramatic Reading]
• [America the Story of Us: Declaration of Independence | History]

1816 – The French frigate Méduse strikes the Bank of Arguin and 151 people on board have to be evacuated on an improvised raft, a case immortalised by Géricault's painting The Raft of the Medusa.
• [French frigate Méduse (1810)]
• [The Raft of the Medusa]
• [Link to Painting]

1822 – Thirty-five slaves, including Denmark Vesey, are hanged in South Carolina after being accused of organizing a slave rebellion.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Denmark Vesey]
• [Denmark Vesey's Rebellion (1982)] (Dramatization made for TV)
• [Life of Denmark Vesey]

1823 – Bahia Independence Day: The end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia.
• [Rio and Lerarn: Bahia Independence Day]
• [Wikipedia: Colonial Brazil]

1839 – Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 kidnapped Africans led by Joseph Cinqué mutiny and take over the slave ship Amistad.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Joseph Cinqué]
• [Wikipedia: La Amistad]
• [Wikipedia: United States v. The Amistad]
• [JUSTIA: United States v. The Amistad, 40 U.S. 518 (1841)]
• [The History of the Amistad ]
• [FJTN: Amistad: The Federal Courts and the Challenge to Slavery]
• [The Significance of the Amistad Case— A Document-Based Question Prepared by Eric Rothschild] (PDF, for use in conjunction with above video)
• [Search for Wisdom – The Amistad Case] (Dramatization from the movie Amistad)
• [How the Amistad Rebellion, and Its Extraordinary Trial, Unfolded]

1853 – The Russian Army crosses the Pruth river into the Danubian Principalities, Moldavia and Wallachia—providing the spark that will set off the Crimean War.
• [Wikipedia: The Crimean War/a>]
• [
The Crimean War - History Matters (Short Animated Documentary)]
• [UKTV History: Crimean War 1853-1856 - World War Zero]
• [The Quick Rundown: The Crimean War]

1871 – Victor Emmanuel II of Italy enters Rome after having conquered it from the Papal States.

1881 – Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James A. Garfield (who will die of complications from his wounds on September 19).
• [Wikipedia: Assassination of James A. Garfield]
• [The Presidential Assassination Nobody Talks About] (language warning)
• [The Surprise Election and Political Assassination of President James A. Garfield (2003)]

1890 – The U.S. Congress passes the Sherman Antitrust Act.
• [Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890]

1897 – British-Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.

1900 – The first Zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.

1900 – Jean Sibelius' Finlandia receives its première performance in Helsinki with the Helsinki Philharmonic Society conducted by Robert Kajanus.
• [Wikipedia: Finlandia]
• [Sibelius - Finlandia op. 26 (Opening of the new Helsinki music hall)]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Jean Sibelius]

1921 – World War I: U.S. President Warren G. Harding signs the Knox–Porter Resolution formally ending the war between the United States and Germany.
• [Wikipedia: Knox–Porter Resolution]

1934 – The Night of the Long Knives ends with the death of Ernst Röhm.
• [Ernst Röhm - Sturmabteilung & Night of the Long Knives Documentary]
• [The Assassination of Ernst Röhm (Night of the Long Knives)]
• [Who Were The SA/Sturmabteilung?]

1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.
• [Amelia Earhart]
• [Fred Noonan]
• [Where's Amelia Earhart? | National Geographic]
• [World of Mysteries - In Search of Amelia Earhart]

1940 – Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta.

1940 – World War II: The SS Arandora Star is sunk by U-47 in the North Atlantic with the loss of over 800 lives, mostly civilians.
• [SS Arandora Star]

1962 – The first Walmart store, then known as Wal-Mart, opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.

1964 – Civil rights movement: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places. 1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.
• [Newsreel]
• [The 1964 Civil Rights Bill Explained in 8 Minutes]
• [1964: The Fight for a Right | MPB]
• [President Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964]
• [Wikipedia]

1966 – France conducts its first nuclear weapon test in the Pacific, on Moruroa Atoll.

1976 – End of South Vietnam; Communist North Vietnam annexes the former South Vietnam to form the unified Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

1986 – Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Gloria Quintana are burnt alive during a street demonstration against the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile.

1986 – Aeroflot Flight 2306 crashes while attempting an emergency landing at Syktyvkar Airport in Syktyvkar, in present day Komi Republic, Russia, killing 54 people.

1988 – Marcel Lefebvre and the four bishops he consecrated were excommunicated by the Holy See.

1990 – In the 1990 Mecca tunnel tragedy, 1,400 Muslim pilgrims are suffocated to death and trampled upon in a pedestrian tunnel leading to the holy city of Mecca.
• [Wikipedia: 1990 Mecca tunnel tragedy]

1994 – USAir Flight 1016 crashes near Charlotte Douglas International Airport, killing 37 of the 57 people on board.
• [USAir Flight 1016]
• [USAir Flight 1016 | 25 years since one of Charlotte's darkest day]
• [Storm Stories: USAir Flight 1016 (The Weather Channel)]

1997 – The Bank of Thailand floats the baht, triggering the Asian financial crisis.
• [Wikipedia: 1997 Asian financial crisis]
• [1997 Asian Financial Crisis: The Story and Lessons Learned]
• [Why the Asian Financial Crisis Happened: Diagnosis, Remedies & Prospects (1998)]

2000 – Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional, after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.

2001 – The AbioCor self-contained artificial heart is first implanted.
• [Wikipedia: AbioCor]

2002 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Steve Fossett ]
• [AP Videos]

2005 – The Live 8 benefit concerts takes place in the G8 states and in South Africa. More than 1,000 musicians perform and are broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks.

2008 – Colombian conflict: Íngrid Betancourt, a member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia, is released from captivity after being held for six and a half years by FARC.

2010 – The South Kivu tank truck explosion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo kills at least 230 people.
• [Wikipedia: 2010 South Kivu fuel tank explosion]
• [Al Jazeera: Oil tanker blast kills hundreds in DR Congo]

2013 – The International Astronomical Union names Pluto's fourth and fifth moons, Kerberos and Styx.

2013 – A magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes Aceh, Indonesia, killing at least 42 people and injuring 420 others.

2017 - US President Donald Trump tweets edited wrestling video of himself attacking news network 'CNN'
• [Wikipedia article about incident]
• [Link to a Copy of GIF]
• [NEVER FORGET: A year ago, CNN tracked down and threatened to dox creator of Trump wrestling gif] (Legal Insurrection)

2019 - Total solar eclipse over Chile and Argentina

2020 - Texas Governor Greg Abbott makes wearing face masks mandatory as cases of coronavirus soar in the state

2020 - More than 160 people die after a landslide at a jade mine in northern Hpakant area of Myanmar
• [BBC: Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 160]
• [WSJ: In Myanmar, Landslide at Jade Mine Kills More Than 160 People]
• [Fox News: Landslide at Myanmar jade mine triggers 'muddy wave,' killing over 160, shocking video shows]


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Published at 5:00am on Friday, July 02, 2021