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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 7, 2021



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OUTLOOK

Rain chances will increase more sharply tonight and remain elevated for the first half of Thursday, as a trough of low pressure approaches from the west, and Tropical Cyclone Elsa passes through Georgia and the Carolinas. An active mid-summertime pattern will develop by the weekend with a chance for showers and pulse thunderstorms each day into the early part of next week.


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Local News

Franklin Town Council - July 2021



Supporting documents posted online at [MaconMedia.com]

2021 Fireworks Display in Franklin, NC [LINK]

Bob Scott Announces Retirement

PRESS RELEASE (07-06-2021) BOB SCOTT, MAYOR OF FRANKLIN

It’s time for me to pack up my bust of Harry Truman and my “No Sniveling” desk plaque and move on. I will not be seeking a fifth term as mayor.

Most politicians bow out saying “to spend more time with family.” Which is code for getting out before an indictment or a scandal breaks. Not me. I am just too darn old. Franklin needs a new mayor.

I would have run again, but Council Member Jack Horton has filed to run for mayor. Jack is qualified and well known across the state. I can leave knowing that if elected, Franklin will be in good hands with Jack.

I will be gone in three months from Town Hall. I will leave knowing I had little support from some other politicians in trying to save our hospital from a for profit company. A huge disappointment. There were other ideas I had which were blocked, for whatever reason, in the last two terms I have served.

I do hope to get the skate park in place. Turn the Sunnyside property into public use with recreation facilities, and use federal relief funds to improve our infrastructure.

I campaigned on open government. In my four terms, the town got away from being a “who you know” town. It is now a “what you know” town. We have professionalized Franklin’s government. We are a town we can all be proud of. Our employees deserve the credit. Not me.

We have had very few closed meetings during my time as mayor. My philosophy has been one of instead of finding a reason to go behind closed doors find a reason to keep the doors open. I always have believed the mayor and town council exists for only one reason. To conduct the public’s business.

I hope the Town Council will keep working to preserve the fascination which makes Franklin a delightful place in which to live and work.

The toughest year of my service has been the year of the pandemic. Mayors across the nation became the lightning rod for anger and frustration. I certainly was. On social media I was called unique expletives I did not know existed. But on the other hand, I have had folks who understood town government. There was more support than anger. In looking back, I adopted the understanding that people were angry, scared and facing hardships. As mayor, I was a convenient politician to jump on. I was accessible. I answer my phone. You can catch me ambling along our sidewalks.

I do have some future plans. I have hobbies I have neglected. I will return to writing and photography. America is in serious danger as Democracy is in peril. I will find some way to express my contempt of authoritarianism.

Please never allow Franklin to become partisan. We are just fine as a non-partisan unit. Please fight to keep it non-partisan from those who want to change it for political power.

Does anyone have a small backhoe I can borrow to clean out my office? I need it by the first Tuesday in November. It has been a hoot to serve as mayor. My high school teachers would be astounded.

Mayor Bob Scott
Town of Franklin, NC





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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Isolated showers between 7am and 1pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 9pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with 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 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 9pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 9pm and 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.

Otto area

Today

Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly around 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the northwest. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

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

Nantahala area

Today

Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

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

Thursday

A chance of showers before 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

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


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous Weather is not anticipated today.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jul 7 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently downgraded Tropical Storm Elsa, located about 60 miles west of Tampa, Florida.

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]

Elsa to Cross Cuba During Late Monday, Approach Florida on Tuesday (recorded July 5th)





Hurricane Elsa Discussion Number 28
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL052021
1100 PM EDT Tue Jul 06 2021

After an earlier flurry of convective bursting and even the development of a eye in radar imagery, Elsa appears to have leveled off over the past couple of hours. Between 2100 UTC and 0000 UTC, WSR-88D radars from Tampa and Key West indicated areas of average Doppler velocities of 75-85 kt between 8000-13,000 ft, which were co-located with convective bands consisting of 50 dBZ and higher reflectivity values, which equates to at least 65 kt surface winds. Elsa's center also passed just barely to the east of Buoy 41023 around 2100 UTC, producing a sustained wind of 49 kt at 3-meters elevation, which equals a 10-meter wind speed of 55 kt on the west side of the cyclone. The strongest 850-mb flight-level wind measured by an Air Force reconnaissance aircraft so far has been 74 kt. However, radar data indicate that the aircraft just missed the strongest winds in the convection by only about 5 n mi. The initial intensity is being held at 65 kt just in case convection redevelops around the ragged eye feature later tonight.

Elsa is moving northward, or 360/12 kt. This motion should continue tonight and early Wednesday until landfall occurs across the northwestern Florida peninsula. Thereafter, a gradual turn toward the north-northeast is expected by late Wednesday, followed by some acceleration toward the northeast on Thursday as Elsa rounds the western periphery of a deep-layer subtropical ridge and gets caught up by the southwesterly flow ahead of a mid-level trough. The official track forecast lies between the simple and corrected-consensus tracks models and the previous NHC track forecast.

Elsa's inner-core convection looks pretty ragged right now, but the vertical structure has improved based on the reconnaissance data, which indicate that the low-, middle- and upper-level circulations are nearly vertically stacked now. Elsa's ragged eye feature along with the very warm water beneath the cyclone and the upcoming nocturnal convective maximum period could combine to allow convection to redevelop. However, proximity to dry mid-level air just to the west should prevent any significant strengthening from occurring. After landfall, rapid weakening is expected due to increased frictional effects and Elsa's small size. The pressure gradient, however, is forecast by the GFS and ECMWF models to increase between Elsa and a sprawling surface high pressure system over the western Atlantic, which should act to increase the winds to tropical storm force near the coastal areas from Georgia to North Carolina on Wednesday and Thursday. The new NHC intensity forecast is similar to the previous advisory and follows the consensus intensity models HCCA and IVCN.

Key Messages:

1. Heavy rain will impact Cuba tonight resulting in significant flooding and mudslides. As Elsa moves across the western and northern Florida Peninsula through Wednesday, heavy rainfall may result in considerable flash, urban, and minor to isolated moderate river flooding. Mid to late week, heavy rainfall across southeast Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and southeastern Virginia may result in isolated flash and urban flooding, with considerable flash and urban flooding possible across coastal Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

2. There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the west coast of Florida tonight and Wednesday, and a Storm Surge Warning is in effect for that area.

3. Hurricane conditions are expected tonight and early Wednesday along a portion of the west coast of Florida, where a Hurricane Warning is in effect. Tropical storm conditions are occurring across portions southwest Florida and will continue to spread northward along the west coast of the state within the warning area through Wednesday morning.

4. Although the center of Elsa is expected to remain inland of the coastline from Georgia through the Carolinas during the next couple of days, tropical storm conditions are expected along much of the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 07/0300Z 27.3N 83.2W 65 KT 75 MPH
12H 07/1200Z 29.0N 83.1W 60 KT 70 MPH
24H 08/0000Z 31.4N 82.5W 45 KT 50 MPH...INLAND
36H 08/1200Z 33.9N 80.5W 35 KT 40 MPH...INLAND
48H 09/0000Z 36.4N 77.4W 35 KT 40 MPH...INLAND
60H 09/1200Z 39.3N 73.3W 40 KT 45 MPH...OVER WATER
72H 10/0000Z 42.8N 68.0W 45 KT 50 MPH...OVER WATER
96H 11/0000Z 51.0N 54.4W 45 KT 50 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
120H 12/0000Z...DISSIPATED


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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 are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (2.0 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Dock being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.5 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 6th


Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1990
Lowest Temperature 47°F in Highlands in 1918
Greatest Rainfall 5.37 inches in Highlands in 1941
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



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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

All Around Me Are Diseased Faces (Level1 News July 7 2021)



NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - July 6th, 2021



PBS NewsHour full episode, July 6, 2021




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On This Day

July 7th is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 177 days remain until the end of the year.

The terms 7th July, July 7th, and 7/7 (pronounced "Seven-seven") have been widely used in the Western media as a shorthand for the 7 July 2005 bombings on London's transport system. In the Chinese language, this term is used to denote the Battle of Lugou Bridge started on July 7, 1937, marking the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War.



Historical Events

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


1124 – The city of Tyre falls to the Venetian Crusade after a siege of nineteen weeks.
• [Venetian Crusade]
• [Venice & the Crusades (1090-1125)]
• [6: Venice and the Fourth Crusade]

1456 – A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death.
• [Retrial of Joan of Arc]
• [The Trials of Joan of Arc ]

1520 – Spanish conquistadores defeat a larger Aztec army at the Battle of Otumba.
• [Battle of Otumba]
• [Fall of Tenochtitlan (1521) - Spanish-Aztec War] History
]

1534 – Jacques Cartier makes his first contact with aboriginal peoples in what is now Canada.

1575 – The Raid of the Redeswire is the last major battle between England and Scotland.
• [Raid of the Redeswire]
• [The Raid of Redeswire - 1575]
• [The Callant returns from Redeswire 2018] (local commemoration)

1585 – The Treaty of Nemours abolishes tolerance to Protestants in France.
• [Treaty of Nemours]
• [French Wars of Religion]
• [Ten Minute History - The French Wars of Religion (Short Documentary)]

1770 – The Battle of Larga between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire takes place.
• [Battle of Larga]

1777 – American forces retreating from Fort Ticonderoga are defeated in the Battle of Hubbardton.
• [Battle of Hubbardton]
• [The Battle of Hubbardton Animated Map]
• [Hubbardton: Vermont's Battle]
• [Saratoga campaign]
• [Burgoyne's Invasion: Saratoga Campaign of 1777]

1798 – As a result of the XYZ Affair, the US Congress rescinds the Treaty of Alliance with France sparking the "Quasi-War".
• [ XYZ Affair]
• [Quasi-War]
• [The XYZ Affair]

1807 – The first Treaty of Tilsit between France and Russia is signed, ending hostilities between the two countries in the War of the Fourth Coalition.
• [Treaties of Tilsit]
• [LINKTEXT]
• [Dramatization of Second Treaty] (click autotranslate for English subtitles) [Complete Napoleon 2002 Miniseries] (in English)

1834 – In New York City, four nights of rioting against abolitionists began.
• [New York anti-abolitionist riots (1834)]
• [Charles Ives: Study No. 9 ("The Anti-Abolitionist Riots")] (musical tribute)

1846 – US troops occupy Monterey and Yerba Buena, thus beginning the US conquest of California.
• [Conquest of California]
• [Initial Conquest | California History [ep.1]]
• [The Mexican-American War - Explained in 16 minutes]

1863 – The United States begins its first military draft; exemptions cost $300.

1865 – Four conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are hanged.
• [Assassination of Abraham Lincoln]
• [The Lincoln Conspirators] (Slideshow)
• [The Trial and Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators]

1892 – The Katipunan is established, the discovery of which by Spanish authorities initiated the Philippine Revolution.
• [Katipunan]
• [Philippine Revolution]
• [What was: The Filipino/Philippine Revolution]

1898 – US President William McKinley signs the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States.
• [Newlands Resolution]
• [Territory of Hawaii]

1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. staged his first Follies on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.
• [Ziegfeld Follies]
• [broadway history- Ziegfield]
• [Lucille Ball Reflects On Being Fired By Florenz Ziegfeld | The Dick Cavett Show]

1911 – The United States, UK, Japan, and Russia sign the North Pacific Fur Seal Convention of 1911 banning open-water seal hunting, the first international treaty to address wildlife preservation issues.
• [North Pacific Fur Seal Convention of 1911]

1915 – The First Battle of the Isonzo comes to an end.
• [First Battle of the Isonzo]
• [Life On The Isonzo Front I THE GREAT WAR On The Road]

1915 – Colombo Town Guard officer Henry Pedris is executed in British Ceylon for allegedly inciting persecution of Muslims.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Henry Pedris/a>]

1916 – The New Zealand Labour Party was founded in Wellington.

1928 – Sliced bread is sold for the first time (on the inventor's 48th birthday) by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Otto Frederick Rohwedder]
• [Otto Frederick Rohwedder | Automatic Bread-Slicing | #studio64podcasts | #socialtechpioneers]
• [Sliced Bread: Where did it come from? | Stuff of Genius]

1930 – Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser begins construction of Boulder Dam (now known as Hoover Dam).
• [Wikipewdia Bio: Henry J. Kaiser]
• [Hoover Dam Construction: Boulder Dam (Part I) (1931) - CharlieDeanArchives / Archival Footage]
• [Six Companies, Inc.]

1937 – The Marco Polo Bridge Incident provides the Imperial Japanese Army with a pretext for starting the Second Sino-Japanese War.
• [Marco Polo Bridge Incident]
• [Archive newsreel about the Marco Polo Bridge incident]
• [Marco Polo Bridge Incident - The First Battle of WWII]

1937 – The Peel Commission Report recommends the partition of Palestine, which was the first formal recommendation for partition in the history of Palestine.
• [Peel Commission]

1941 – The US occupation of Iceland replaces the UK's occupation.
• [The 1940 Occupation of Iceland]
• [American Marines Invaded Iceland in 1941]
• [Occupation of Iceland]

1944 – World War II: Largest Banzai charge of the Pacific War at the Battle of Saipan.
• [Wikipedia: Banzai charge]
• [Battle of Saipan]
• [100 Year Old Army Veteran Describes the Largest Japanese Banzai Charge Ever! (Battle of Saipan)]
• [Banzai Tank Charge - Saipan 1944]
• [Newsreel: Aftermath of Japanese Banzai charge on Saipan, Mariana Islands during WWII]

1946 – Mother Francesca S. Cabrini becomes the first American to be canonized.

1946 – Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 reconnaissance aircraft prototype crashes in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.
• [Howard Hughes XF-11 Plane Crash Beverly Hills CA July 11 1946] (Newsreel)
• [Hughes XF-11]

1952 – The ocean liner SS United States passes Bishop Rock on her maiden voyage, breaking the transatlantic speed record to become the fastest passenger ship in the world.

1953 – Ernesto "Che" Guevara sets out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.

1954 – Elvis Presley makes his radio debut when WHBQ Memphis played his first recording for Sun Records, "That's All Right".

1958 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into law.

1959 – Venus occults the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.

1963 – Buddhist crisis: The police of Ngô Đình Nhu, brother and chief political adviser of President Ngo Dinh Diem, attacked a group of American journalists who were covering a protest.

1978 – The Solomon Islands becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

1980 – Institution of sharia law in Iran.

1980 – During the Lebanese Civil War, 83 Tiger militants are killed during what will be known as the Safra massacre.

1981 – US President Ronald Reagan appoints Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States.
• [President Ronald Reagan's announcement of Sandra Day O'Connor as a Supreme Court nominee]
• [Sandra Day O'Connor interview (2002)]
• [Wikipedia: Sandra Day O'Connor]
• [First: Sandra Day O’Connor, An American Life]

1983 – Cold War: Samantha Smith, a US schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov.

1985 – Boris Becker becomes the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon at age 17.

1987 - Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North begins public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Oliver North]
• [Iran-Contra Hearings - Oliver North Testimony (1987)]
• [Congressional committees investigating the Iran–Contra affair]
• [What Was the Iran-Contra Affair? | History]

1988 - Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful).
• [Phobos 1]

1990 - 1st 'Three Tenors' concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome; recording becomes world's best-selling classical record.
• [Concert]
• [The Three Tenors]

1991 – Yugoslav Wars: The Brioni Agreement ends the ten-day independence war in Slovenia against the rest of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

1992 – The New York Court of Appeals rules that women have the same right as men to go topless in public.

1993 - Prodigy announces it will offer Cox newspapers.

1997 – The Turkish Armed Forces withdraw from northern Iraq after assisting the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the Iraqi Kurdish Civil War.

2003 – NASA Opportunity rover, MER-B or Mars Exploration Rover–B, was launched into space aboard a Delta II rocket.
• [Opportunity (rover)]
• [NASA Mars Rovers Website]
• [Launch Video]

2005 – A series of four explosions occurs on London's transport system, killing 56 people, including four suicide bombers, and injuring over 700 others.
• [Wikipedia: 7 July 2005 London bombings]
• [7/7 London Bombings: 10 Years On] (SkyNews)
• [7/7 London Bombings: How Story Unfolded On Sky News]

2007 – The first Live Earth benefit concert was held in 11 locations around the world.

2012 – At least 172 people are killed in a flash flood in the Krasnodar Krai region of Russia.

2013 – A De Havilland Otter air taxi crashes in Soldotna, Alaska, killing ten people.

2016 – Ex-US Army soldier Micah Xavier Johnson shoots fourteen policemen during an anti-police protest in downtown Dallas, Texas, killing five of them. He is subsequently killed by a robot-delivered bomb.

2019 – The United States women's national soccer team defeated the Netherlands 2–0 at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final in Lyon, France.

2020 - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announces he has tested positive for COVID-19.

2020 - Texas records more than 10,000 daily cases of COVID-19 for the 1st time

2020 - India surpasses Russia to become the world's third-worst affected country, daily COVID-19 cases exceeding 20,000 and total cases over 700,000

2020 - Violent protests in Belgrade, Serbia, at government announcement of weekend lockdown due to COVID-19 surge



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