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Friday, June 17, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, June 17, 2022



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Macon Calendar
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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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OUTLOOK

A strong upper level high will slowly move westward through the weekend. Hot and humid conditions continue through Friday with relief coming by the weekend. Scattered thunderstorms are expected through late Friday, with dry conditions through the weekend. The hot ridge will build back over our region through the coming week.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Widespread dense fog, mainly between 7am and 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the lower 90s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night

Clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Juneteenth

Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night

Clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Juneteenth

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Widespread dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 90. Light winds out of the northwest increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch,

except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night

Clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Juneteenth

Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 50s.


Nantahala Area

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the north 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Saturday Night

Clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Juneteenth

Sunny, with highs near 80.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60.


Nantahala Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11pm and 2am, then a slight chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds early in the evening in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph before midnight.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 80.

Saturday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid 50s.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Scattered thunderstorms will develop across the area today. A few of the storms could become severe with damaging winds the main threat, but large hail is also possible. A few of the storms could produce heavy rainfall as well, leading to ponding of water on roadways and low lying areas.



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jun 17 2022

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

1. Northwestern Caribbean Sea:
A trough of low pressure located along the coast of Honduras is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Some gradual development is possible today while the disturbance drifts west-northwestward over the Gulf of Honduras. Subsequent development is unlikely once the system moves inland over northern Central America and southeastern Mexico Saturday. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over Honduras, Belize and southeastern Mexico through the weekend.

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



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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 thelower range of yellow for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the middle range of yellow.

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range 3.5 out of 12) today with Grasses and Plantain being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (4.6 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for June 17th

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

Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2015
Lowest Temperature 36°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.91 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1951
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 June
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-30-2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-02-1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on 06-16-1949
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




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


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Local and State News


• Macon County Board of Commissioners June 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

2022-2023 Budget Public Hearing and Vote | Macon Media



• President's Column | It’s Important to Be Prepared and Make Smart Choices When You Engage in Summer Fun [Macon Media (Franklin, NC)]

• Raleigh faces 3rd lawsuit involving detective accused of fabricating drug charges [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Town of Franklin Announces July 4 th Celebration Details [Town of Franklin Announces July 4 th Celebration Details ]

• WCU's marching band to add international performance to list of accomplishments [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• WNC high school football 2022: Schedules for every team in the region [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Commissioner Paul Higdon opposes COLA for Macon County employees [The Southern Scoop]


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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, June 15 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for June 12th]

How Russia could collapse (again) | Caspain Report



Russia tells BBC “we did not invade Ukraine” and there is “no war” there | BBC News






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (Day 98-107)





• Gazprom to further cut gas supplies to Germany via Nord Stream [DW News]

• The Debate: Is it a tipping point? Bloody battle continues in Ukraine's eastern city of Severodonetsk [France 24]

• China’s Xi reaffirms support for Russia’s security concerns [Al Jazeera]

• Inside the room where Ukraine orders arms from the West [BBC News]

• Ukrainian war casualties running at rate of between 600 and 1,000 a day [Irish Times]

• U.S. to send fresh military, humanitarian aid to Ukraine; Xi tells Putin he wants to see a settlement [CNBC]

• Russia threatens to strip anti-war protester of citizenship [Al Jazeera]


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

• Military hotline advances Ukrainian grain talks [Russia Today]

• Retired Russian major general found dead in Moscow [Pravda ]

• Ideas of ‘new Nuremberg Trial' against Russia inadmissible — Russian embassy in US [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

January 6th Committee Third Public Hearing | C-SPAN



• China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone [AP News]

• Cosmetics maker Revlon files for bankruptcy in US [BBC News]

• Hong Kong bans some media outlets from swearing-in of new chief executive [The Guradian]

• Newfoundland and Labrador Welcomes Second Airlift of Ukrainians [Newfoundland and Labrador Press release]

Roe v Wade Opinion Leak (Read the Draft Opinion for Yourself)

Read the leaked opinion on Google Drive or below:



Global National: June 16, 2022 | Mixed emotions as 3 Canadian cities learn FIFA World Cup decision



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - June 16th, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode June 16th, 2022



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



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COVID-19 News and Updates

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





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






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

Globally, as of 6:52pm CEST, 15 June 2022, there have been 534,495,291 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,311,088 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 7 June 2022, a total of 11,864,214,773 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:52pm CEST, 15 June 2022, there have been 84,708,007 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,001,895 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 3 June 2022, a total of 579,958,258 vaccine doses have been administered.

• FDA panel endorses Covid vaccine for youngest children [NBC News]

• Dr. Anthony Fauci tests positive for COVID-19 [ABC News]

• After a spring surge, confirmed new U.S. cases are leveling off. [New York Times]

• The irony — and ignominy — of medical conferences as superspreader events [STAT News]

• Maxine Waters, Justin Trudeau, Xavier Becerra all positive for COVID after attending Summit of the Americas in LA [Los Angeles Daily News]

• Monoclonal Antibodies with Extended Half-Life to Prevent Covid-19 [New England Journal of Medicine]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• China publishes, then deletes, report saying it may have picked up signals from an alien civilization [Space Explored]

• Bitcoin falls to fresh 18-month low as crypto meltdown deepens [NBC News]

• Warren proposes sweeping ban on location and health data sales [The verge]

• Coinbase Leaders Net $1.2 Billion in Share Sales [Wall Street Journal]

• Firefox now blocks cross-site tracking by default for all users [Bleeping Computer]

• Japan makes online insults punishable by 1 year in jail in wake of reality star's death [NBC News]

• 52% Of Global Car Buyers Are Now Interested In An Electric Car: Report [1945]

• The death of Internet Explorer: Good riddance to bad rubbish [Computer World]

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


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

Level1 News June 17 2022: FOMO (Fear of Morbin' Out)



Disinformation: Solved? - DTNS 4298 | Daily Tech News Show



1700hp P-51D Mustang Onboard - PURE SOUND!!!



Alien life: are we about to find it? | The Economist



The other end of a black hole – with James Beacham | The Royal Institution



A History of Rabies | The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Why Does Russia Own This Old Piece of Germany?



Why were we so wrong about Russia? | Military History not Visualized



Joint press conference of EU leaders and Ukrainian President Zelenskyy in Kyiv | DW News



France’s Macron and European leaders pledge arms, EU path for Ukraine during Kyiv visit



Moldova: Next in Line? | People and Power



What Does Russia’s Rebranded McDonald’s Look and Taste Like? | WSJ







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On This Day

June 17 is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 197 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)





653 – Pope Martin I is arrested and taken to Constantinople, due to his opposition to monothelitism.

• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Youtube Short Biopic]
• [Pope History Article]

1128 – Geoffrey V of Anjou, known as Plantagenet, marries Matilda, daughter of Henry I, King of England, and widow of the Emperor Henry V.

• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Angevin Kings of England | The People Profiles]
• [British Monarchs | Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou]

1242 – Following the Disputation of Paris, twenty-four carriage loads of Jewish religious manuscripts were burnt in Paris.

• [Disputation of Paris | Wikipedia]
• [France Burns All Known Copies of the Talmud | Haaretz]
• [Nicholas Donin and the Disputation of 1240 | Youtube]

1397 – The Kalmar Union is formed under the rule of Margaret I of Denmark.

• [Wikipedia]
• [What was the Kalmar Union? | Tipsyfish History]
• [Queen Margrethe I of Denmark | History Tea Time with Lindsay Holiday]

1462 – Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack at Târgovişte), forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.

• [Vlad the Impaler Bio | Wikipedia]
• [Mehmed II Bio | Wikipedia]
• [Dracula's Night Attack At Targoviste | Wandering lens Media]
• [Vlad the Impaler and Mehmed II | Highlight History]

1497 – Battle of Deptford Bridge: Forces under King Henry VII defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.

• [Cornish rebellion of 1497 | Wikipedia]
• [The Cornish Rebellion and the Battle of Blackheath | The Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society]
• [An Gof Ceremony 2020 - St Keverne]

1565 – Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shōgun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.

• [Matsunaga Hisahide Bio | Wikipedia]
• [Ashikaga Yoshiteru Bio | Wikipedia]
• [Sengoku period | Wikiepdia]
• [The Sengoku Era | Nutty History]

1579 – Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.

• [New Albion | Wikipedia]
• [Tudor Minute June 17, 1579: Francis Drake claims Nova Albion (California) for England]
• [Francis Drake Bio | Wikipedia]

1596 – The Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz discovers the Arctic archipelago of Spitsbergen.

• [Willem Barentsz Bio | Wikipedia]
• [Spitsbergen | Wikipedia]
• [The Amazing Story of Dutch explorer Willem Barents | Movie Trailz]

1631 – Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.

• [Taj Mahal | Wikipedia]
• [Shah Jahan Bio | Wikipedia]
• [4K Taj Mahal Walking Tour (With Tour Guide) - Agra Tour]

1665 – Battle of Montes Claros: Portugal definitively secured independence from Spain in the last battle of the Portuguese Restoration War.

• [Battle of Montes Claros | Wikipedia]
• [Portuguese Restoration War | Wikipedia]

1673 – French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reach the Mississippi River and become the first Europeans to make a detailed account of its course.

1767 – Samuel Wallis, a British sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.

1773 – Cúcuta, Colombia, is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.

1775 – American Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.

• [Battle of Bunker Hill | Wikipedia]
• [The Siege of Boston 1775 | George Washington's Mount Vernon]
• [Battle of Bunker Hill (The American Revolution) | Simple History]

1789 – In France, the Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly.

• [French Revolution - Estates General, Tennis Court Oath and National Assembly | Youtube]
• [National Assembly (French Revolution) | Wikipedia]
• [The French Revolution: Part 2: The Revolution Starts, The Liberal Phase, and the National Assembly. | Mr Harvey]

1794 – Foundation of Anglo-Corsican Kingdom.

• [Anglo-Corsican Kingdom | Wikipedia]
• [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JqqbnvxHHE]

1795 – The burghers of Swellendam expel the Dutch East India Company magistrate and declare a republic.

1839 – In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace are established as a result.

• [Edict of Toleration (Hawaii) | Wikipedia]
• [Kamehameha III Bio | Wikipedia]

1843 – The Wairau Affray, the first serious clash of arms between Māori and British settlers in the , takes place.

• [Wairau Affray | Wikipedia]
• [New Zealand Wars | Wikipedia]
• [The New Zealand Wars - The War Britain Lost S01E01]

1861 – American Civil War: Battle of Vienna, Virginia.

• [Battle of Vienna, Virginia | Wikipedia]

1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign.

• [Battle of Aldie | Wikipedia]
• [Aldie | American Battlefield Trust]
• [Gettysburg Campaign Overview Mark Grimsley]

1876 – American Indian Wars: Battle of the Rosebud: One thousand five hundred Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook's forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory.

• [Battle of the Rosebud | Wikipedia]
• [Great Sioux War of 1876 | Wikipedia]
• [The Battle of The Rosebud | Youtube]

1877 – American Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon: The Nez Perce defeat the U.S. Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.

• [Battle of White Bird Canyon | Wikipedia]
• [Nez Perce | Wikipedia]

1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.

• [History Channel Article]
• [National Park Service]
• [Walking Tour of Statue of Liberty National Monument (Includes Visit to the Crown!)]

1898 – The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.

1900 – Boxer Rebellion: Western Allied and Japanese forces capture the Taku Forts in Tianjin, China.

• [Boxer Rebellion | Wikipedia]
• [The Boxer Rebellion Explained | History of China]
• [Why did so many countries get involved in the Boxer Rebellion? (Short Animated Documentary)]

1901 – The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.

1910 – Aurel Vlaicu pilots an A. Vlaicu nr. 1 on its first flight.

1922 – Portuguese naval aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral complete the first aerial crossing of the South Atlantic.

1929 – The town of Murchison, New Zealand Is rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killing 17. At the time it was New Zealand's worst natural disaster.

1930 – U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act into law.

• [Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act | Wikipedia]
• [Thomas Rustici on Smoot-Hawley and the Great Depression]
• [Trade Wars: A Look at the Smoot-Hawley Tariff | World101]

1932 – Bonus Army: Around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.

• [Bonus Army | Bonus Army | Wikipedia]
• [The March of the Bonus Army | PBS]
• [Bonus Army | Encyclopedia Britannica]

1933 – Union Station massacre (also called the Kansas City massacre): In Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash are gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.

• [Kansas City Massacre and “Pretty Boy” Floyd | FBI]
• [Kansas City massacre | Wikipedia]
• [Kansas City Massacre - Decades TV Network]

1939 – Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is executed in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison.

1940 – World War II: RMS Lancastria is attacked and sunk by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France. At least 3,000 are killed in Britain's worst maritime disaster.

• [RMS Lancastria | Wikipedia]
• [The Lancastria, the unknown disaster | Alex Salmond Show]

1940 – World War II: The British Army's 11th Hussars assault and take Fort Capuzzo in Libya, Africa from Italian forces.

• [Fort Capuzzo | Wikipedia]
• [North African campaign | Wikipedia]
• [11th Hussars | Wikipedia]

1940 – The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fall under the occupation of the Soviet Union.

• [Occupation of the Baltic states| Wikipedia]
• [The Baltic Tragedy Nazi and Soviet occupation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (video)]
• [What if Russia invaded the Baltics? | Caspian Report (2020)]

1944 – Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.

1948 – United Airlines Flight 624, a Douglas DC-6, crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.

1952 – Guatemala passes Decree 900, ordering the redistribution of uncultivated land.

1953 – Cold War: East Germany Workers Uprising: In East Germany, the Soviet Union orders a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.

• [East German uprising of 1953 | Wikipedia]
• [East German Rebellion 1953 | The Cold War]
• [Why the East German Uprising of 1953 Was So Intense | Deep History]

1958 – The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing, in the process of being built to connect Vancouver and North Vancouver (Canada), collapses into the Burrard Inlet killing 18 ironworkers and injuring others.

1960 – The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 million acres (28,000 km2) of land undervalued at four cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.

1963 – The United States Supreme Court rules 8–1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.

• [Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963)]
• [School District of Abington Township v. Schempp Case Brief Summary | Law Case Explained]
• [President Speaks On Prayer Banning In U.S. Schools (1962) | British Pathé]

1963 – A day after South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm announced the Joint Communiqué to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out. One person is killed.

1967 – Nuclear weapons testing: China announces a successful test of its first thermonuclear weapon.

• [967 China's First Thermonuclear Test | Youtube]
• [China Tests the Bomb - Trinity and Beyond | Atom Central]
• [Comprehensice Nuclear test Ban Treaty Organization]

1971 – U.S. President Richard Nixon in a televised press conference called drug abuse "America's public enemy number one", starting the War on drugs.

• [Public Enemy Number One: A Pragmatic Approach to America’s Drug Problem | Nixon Foundation]
• [War on drugs | Wikipedia]

1972 – Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee during an attempt by members of the administration of President Richard M. Nixon to illegally wiretap the political opposition as part of a broader campaign to subvert the democratic process.

• [G. Gordon Liddy Recalls How the Watergate Burglars Were Caught | Richard Nixon Presidential Library ]
• [Watergate Scandal | Wikipedia]
• [Watergate burglars arrested | History Channel]

1985 – Space Shuttle program: STS-51-G mission: Space Shuttle Discovery launches carrying Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a payload specialist.

• [STS-51-G | Wikipedia]
• [NBC News Coverage of The STS-51-G Launch]
• [Space Shuttle Flight 18 (STS-51G) Post Flight Presentation]

1987 – With the death of the last individual of the species, the dusky seaside sparrow becomes extinct.

• [The Last Member of a Dying Species - The Story of the Dusky Seaside Sparrow]
• [Dusky seaside sparrow | Wikipedia]

1991 – Apartheid: The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.

1992 – A "joint understanding" agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II).

1994 – Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O. J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

• [6/17/94: 25th Anniversary | O.J. Simpson White Bronco Chase - Unedited]
• [Chicago Station Interrupts NBA Finals for Live Coverage of O.J. Simpson Bronco Chase]
• [From the Archives: O.J. Simpson white Bronco chase: How it happened, minute by minute| Los Angeles Times]

2015 – Nine people are killed in a mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

• [Charleston church shooting| Wikipedia]
• [At Least 9 Dead in SC Church Shooting | ABC News]
• [The Charleston Church Shooting: Six Years Later (2021) | CBS News]

2017 – A series of wildfires in central Portugal kill at least 64 people and injure 204 others.

• [Portugal Fires Kill More Than 60, Including Drivers Trapped in Cars| New York Times]
• [June 2017 Portugal wildfires | Wikipedia]
• [Portugal Wildfires - June 2017 | GEOGSouthern Europe]

2021 – Juneteenth National Independence Day, was signed into law by President Joe Biden, to become the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

• [President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law on Thursday.]
• [Juneteenth | Wikipedia]
• [Juneteenth | GovInfo]







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Published at 5:00am on Friday, June 17, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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