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Thursday, August 4, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 4, 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

Subtropical high pressure over the western Atlantic will maintain control of our weather pattern for the rest of the week. We can expect predominately afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms each day with the best coverage generally over the higher terrain.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. 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. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. 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.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 3pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 60%. 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 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds becoming south around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. 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. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 3pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 82. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 67. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. 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.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the mid-to-late afternoon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 79. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon will be capable of cloud-to-ground lightning and torrential rainfall. A few of the storms may become strong enough to produce brief, damaging winds. Localized flash flooding cannot be ruled out.

A localized risk of flash flooding will accompany any thunderstorms that develop over the next several days. This threat could gradually increase in scope as soils in more places become saturated from multiple rounds of heavy rain and creeks and stream levels rise in response to continued runoff.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Aug 4 2022

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - August 3, 2022: Why Is East Pacific So Busy?





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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 5.5 out of 12) today with Grasses and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.0 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for August 4th

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

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands in 1940
Greatest Snowfall (no 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
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Local and State News


• Franklin Police Chief Announces Retirement [Macon Media]

• Newspaper: Families of Haley, Clyburn got casino shares [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Novant Offer for Mission Matched HCA Bid, Former Top Exec Says [Asheville Watchdog]

• 71-year-old motorcyclist dies trying to dodge tree on Blue Ridge Parkway, rangers say [Raleigh News and Observer]

• President Orders Flags Lowered Through Sunset Thursday for US Representative Jackie Walorski [Macon Media]

• 'Anticipating a delay': School systems ask parents for patience amid bus driver shortage [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• District attorney removed for 'willful misconduct' still getting state retirement payments [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 03 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for August 3rd ]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 161 [Al Jazeera]

Will Russia expand its war to the Republic of Moldova? | DW Documentary






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (Day 148-158)







• A painful pause as Ukraine's frontline troops think of family [France 24]

• Ukraine Violates War Laws, Endangers Civilians: Amnesty International [Newsweek]

• Russia-Ukraine updates: UN to look into attack that killed Ukrainian POWs in Donetsk [DW News]

• Ukraine Braces for Brutal Fight for Occupied Southern Regions as Referendum Looms [Wall Street Journal]

• Vladimir Putin's rumored girlfriend Alina Kabaeva hit with new round of U.S. sanctions [CBS News]


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

• US Senate approves NATO expansion [Russia Today]

• And all NATO's tanks and all NATO's men can't put Ukraine together again [Pravda ]

• Biden says will sign protocols on Sweden’s, Finland’s accession to NATO [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

IRAN WARNING UPDATE: Iranian proxies may attack USA in response to Iraqi political crisis [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for August 3rd ]

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear gives update on deadly flooding | PBS Newshour



Why Monkeypox Is a Global Health Threat | WSJ



Nancy Pelosi's visit regarded as 'a historic watershed moment for Taiwan' | FRANCE 24 English



• Russian Military Satellite Appears To Be Stalking A New U.S. Spy Satellite [The Warzone]

• ‘Never seen it this bad’: America faces catastrophic teacher shortage [Washington Post]

Alex Jones testifies Sandy Hook massacre was "100% real" | CBS News



• ‘Do You Know What Perjury Is?’: Alex Jones’ Lawyers Apparently Forwarded His Damning Texts To Opposing Counsel [Forbes]

• Alex Jones concedes Sandy Hook attack was ’100% real’ [AP News]

• Adam Kinzinger (interview) [PBS Frontline]

• What You Need to Do to Prepare for the Upcoming Recession [The Infographics Show (video)]

AJC Global Forum 2022: Opening Plenary (FULL)




Global National: Aug. 3, 2022 | Advocates celebrate as Kansas votes to keep abortion legal



Nightly News Full Broadcast - August 03


PBS NewsHour Full Episode August 3rd, 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 6:04pm CEST, 2 August 2022, there have been 575,887,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,398,412 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 26 July 2022, a total of 12,248,795,623 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:04pm CEST, 2 August 2022, there have been 90,236,371 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,020,010 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 22 July 2022, a total of 593,464,253 vaccine doses have been administered.

• US stuck in a 'horrible plateau' of COVID-19 deaths, experts say. Here's why. [USA TODAY]

• Prevalence of peripheral neuropathy and myopathy in patients post-COVID-19 infection[International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases]

• Omicron-associated changes in SARS-CoV-2 symptoms in the United Kingdom [Oxford Academic Infectious Disease]

• Japan hit by shortage of essential service workers due to COVID surge [The Mainichi]

• L.A. schools drop aggressive COVID-19 rules: No more testing for all and masks stay optional [Los Angeles Times]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Winamp, your parents' favorite MP3 software, is back [Engadget]

• Scientists create world’s first ‘synthetic embryos’ [The Guardian]

• Spain bans setting the AC below 27 degrees Celsius [The Verge]

• Scientists revived the cells of pigs an hour after death, a potential organ transplant breakthrough [Live Science]

• The U.S. made a breakthrough battery discovery — then gave the technology to China [National Public Radio]

• North Korea-backed hackers have a clever way to read your Gmail [ARS TECHNICA]

• Anonymous welcomes Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan on hacked Chinese government website [Taiwan News]

• Kids Are Back in Classrooms and Laptops Are Still Spying on Them [Wired]

• 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

What Happens Inside a Proton? | PBS Space Time



The Level1 Show August 3 2022: Singing the (Team) Blues



Non-Fungible Textbook - DTNS 4330 | Daily Tech News Show



The Most Important Idea in Physics: The Principle of Least Action | Ask a Spaceman!



The Stagnating Economy of Canada | Economics Explained



NASA Artemis 1 Briefing | The Launch Pad



Long March-4B launches TECIS and two small satellites | SciNews



SpaceX Breaks Records, China Expands CSS, Both Drop Debris on Earth - Deep Space Updates August 3rd | Scott Manley



Electron launches “Antipodean Adventure” (NROL-199) | SciNews






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Impossible to return turbine vital for Europe gas supply says Russia energy giant Gazprom | BBC News



First Ukraine grain ship passes inspection in Istanbul | Al Jazeera



Germany's Scholz points finger at Russia in energy row | DW News



Reacting to oil-exporting countries' decision to increase production | CBS News



UN: Ukraine nuclear plant 'out of control' from war | ABC News







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On This Day

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

Historical Events



Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1947 – The Supreme Court of Japan is established.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 – At least 220 people are killed and over 5,000 are wounded when 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate explodes in Beirut, Lebanon.
• [Wikipedia: 2020 Beirut explosion]
• Video Compilations [Part One] [Part Two]
• [SkyNews: Inside a Beirut hospital when the blast hit]
• [Beirut explosion: What happened and who is responsible? | DW News]
• [Beirut’s search for answers | The Full Report (2021 Update)]
• [Beirut port explosion: What's happened to the investigation? | Al Jazeera Newsfeed (2022 Update)]


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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, August 04, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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