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Saturday, September 17, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, September 17, 2022

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II
Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
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Warm temperatures and dry conditions will persist through the weekend. Dry conditions continue into much of next week as a dome of high pressure expands across the Southeast. This will also allow well above normal temperatures to return to the region.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night

Franklin Area


Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds.


Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s.

Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.


Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s.

Nantahala Area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected fortoday or tonight,


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Sep 17 2022

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

Active Systems:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Fiona, located just west of Guadeloupe over the northeastern Caribbean Sea.

1. Western Atlantic:
A frontal low located more than one hundred miles northwest of Bermuda is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms well to the east of its center. Development of this system into a tropical cyclone is not anticipated due to strong upper-level winds. The low is expected to move eastward to east-southeastward at about 10 mph during the next day or two.

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

2. Central Atlantic:
Disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the central Atlantic are associated with the northern portion of a tropical wave. Some slow development of this system is possible during the early or middle part of next week while it moves slowly northwestward to northward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.


Tropical Storm Fiona Discussion Number 11
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL072022
1100 PM AST Fri Sep 16 2022

The center of Fiona moved across the island of Guadeloupe a few hours ago and it is now over the far northeastern Caribbean Sea. Deep convection has been increasing near the center, and reports from the Air Force Hurricane Hunters indicate that Fiona is a little stronger. The maximum SFMR winds recorded on the flight so far were 50 kt and peak flight-level winds measured were 61 kt. This supports nudging the initial intensity back up to 50 kt. The minimum pressure of 1002 mb is based on a surface observation from Guadeloupe. Tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rains are expected to continue across the Leeward Islands through Saturday afternoon.

Fiona continues to move just north of due west, or 280 degrees, at 13 kt on the south side of a deep-layer ridge. A west to west-northwest motion is expected during the next day or so, and that should take Fiona near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico during that time. The cyclone is expected to slow down and make a turn to the northwest when it is near or over the Dominican Republic on Monday as it moves toward a weakness in the ridge. A northward motion near the southeastern Bahamas is expected during the early and middle portions of next week. The models generally show a similar theme, but there are notable differences in where, when, and how sharply Fiona makes the northwestward and northward turns. The NHC track forecast is essentially the same as the previous one through 60 h, but a touch to the east of the previous track from days 3 to 5. This forecast lies close to the various consensus aids.

Fiona is still feeling some effects of westerly vertical wind shear and dry air entrainment, but the models suggest that the storm could be moving into a region of higher moisture and slightly less shear. These conditions should support slow strengthening and Fiona could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the Dominican Republic. Some weakening is expected due to the interaction with the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola, but re-strengthening is forecast when it moves north of that island. Fiona is expected to reorganize over the southwestern Atlantic and become a hurricane in about 4 days with additional strengthening after that. The NHC intensity forecast is a little higher than the previous one at days 4 and 5, but still below the IVCN and HCCA models.

Key Messages:

1. Tropical storm conditions will continue to affect portions of the Leeward Islands through Saturday morning. Tropical storm conditions will spread westward across the U.S. and British Virgin Islands on Saturday and Puerto Rico late Saturday and Saturday night. Tropical storm conditions are possible over Dominica overnight.

2. Heavy rains from Fiona are beginning in the Leeward Islands, and will spread to the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Saturday, reaching the Dominican Republic Sunday, and Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Monday through Tuesday. This rainfall may produce considerable flood impacts including flash and urban flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain.

3. Fiona is expected to strengthen gradually over the northeastern Caribbean Sea, and it could be near hurricane strength as it approaches the southern or eastern coast of the Dominican Republic Sunday afternoon. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for portions of the island and additional watches or warnings could be required on Saturday.

4. Fiona is forecast to strengthen after moving across Hispaniola early next week, and interests in the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas should continue to monitor forecasts for the storm.


INIT 17/0300Z 16.6N 62.2W 50 KT 60 MPH
12H 17/1200Z 17.0N 63.9W 55 KT 65 MPH
24H 18/0000Z 17.4N 65.8W 55 KT 65 MPH
36H 18/1200Z 17.8N 67.4W 55 KT 65 MPH
48H 19/0000Z 18.4N 68.6W 60 KT 70 MPH...INLAND
60H 19/1200Z 19.4N 69.6W 55 KT 65 MPH...OVER WATER
72H 20/0000Z 20.4N 70.5W 60 KT 70 MPH
96H 21/0000Z 22.3N 71.8W 65 KT 75 MPH
120H 22/0000Z 24.7N 72.0W 75 KT 85 MPH

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - Tracking Fiona and Lester - September 16, 2022


Tropical Tidbits is a website run by Macon Media's favorite no-nonsense tropical forecaster, Levi Cowan. He does not post material just to get clicks or to sensationalize the storms he covers to "make them more exciting." He is reliable and sober, unlike The Weather Channel crowd of Drama Queen Meteorologists.

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

[Fri / Sept 16] Tropical Storm Fiona moving into the Caribbean

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24 Hour Smoke Forecast

Below is the High Resolution Rapid Refresh from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction for our area. It runs from 12am EDT today to 6pm EDT this evening and shows a smoke field that has been crossing the area for the last day or so and will probably impact those with breathing issues into early tomorrow.

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

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range 8.1 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (7.7 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 17th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 7.06 inches in at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2004

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on 09-04-1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on 09-30-1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on 09-27-1964
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of September Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 108°F Belhaven, Beaufort County 09-25-1921
Lowest Temperature 23°F Marion, McDowell County 09-28-2000
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 21.00 in Wilmington, New Hanover County 09-17-2018

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 75.4°F Morehead City, Carteret County
Coldest Weather Station 55.0°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 8.93 in Southport, Brunswick County
Driest Weather Station 2.94 in Marshall, Madison County

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Macon Calendar
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Local and State News

• Friday Football Frenzy: All your scores & highlights, 09-16-22 [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• NC Treasurer Dale Folwell considering run for governor in 2024 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Journal of Accountancy Survey Gives Drake Software Highest Rating in 10 Categories [Macon Media]

• Fontana Regional Libraries Celebrate Banned Books Week [Macon Media]

• New hospital facility slated to open Sept. 18 [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]

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

• Franklin Town Council - September 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• Franklin Town Council - Special Called Meeting for August 30, 2022 [Macon Media]

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: The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II
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(This is a special section to allow readers to discover original documentation and read/view news coverage of The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II)

Contuning live coverage of the events in the United Kingdom over the next few days can be watched on the Sky News Youtube Channel. [LINK]

Obituary: The life of Queen Elizabeth II | Sky News

• The dazzling crown resting on top of the Queen’s coffin [BBC NewsE]

In Full: Queen's children hold final vigil for their mother | Sky News

Public react to seeing Queen's children at vigil | The Royal Family Channel

• Prince William is already carving out his own niche in conservation [The Times]

• Man detained after ‘disturbance’ at Queen’s lying in state in Westminster [The Guardian]

• Queen Elizabeth's funeral plans: What time is it, what is the procession route, where will she be buried? [The Telegraph]

Why Most U.K Money Will Still Feature Queen Elizabeth II for Years to Come | WSJ

• In Mourning the Queen, Some in Hong Kong Mourn the Past [New York Times]

Continuous live coverage of the Queen Lying in State in Westminster Hall | ITV News

• Arrest of UK anti-monarchy protesters raises free speech concerns [Al Jazeera on Youtube]

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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, September 16 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 16th]

Timothy Snyder: The Making of Modern Ukraine. Class 3: Geography and Ancient History | Yale Courses

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 205 [Al Jazeera]

Mass Grave Discovered in Izyum | Funker 530

Early reports from liberated Izyum | Ukraine: The Latest Podcast | The Telegraph

JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (UTVD Operational Update: ZSU Counter Offensive in Kharkiv, 10-12 Sep 22.)

• Germany seizes Russian oil firm Rosneft’s refineries [Al Jazeera]

• Russia-Ukraine updates: Evidence of war crimes near Izium, Zelenskyy says [DW News]

• Britain says Ukraine continues offensive in northeast, Russia establishes defensive line [France 24]

• Ukraine counter-offensive won't change Russia's plans – Putin [BBC News]

• Russia’s Battered Army Has No Quick Fix in Ukraine [Wall Street journal]

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

• Biden allows further drawdown of Pentagon stockpiles for Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Russia to reinforce Western Military District with T-90M tanks to counter NATO [Pravda ]

• One killed, two injured in shelling of Russia’s Belgorod Region – governor [TASS Russian News Agency]

Sep 7, 2022 | Eastern Economic Forum plenary session | kremlin

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective

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National and World News Roundup

Gov. Newsom challenges Florida Gov. DeSantis to a debate | KCBS-TV (Los Angeles, CA)

• FedEx Stock Tumbles More Than 20% After Warning on Economic Trends [WSJ Video] [WSJ Article]

• Migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard moving to US military base [Al Jazeera]

• Philippines: 'Communist' book bans raise new censorship fears [DW News]

• Worker shortages are fueling America’s biggest labor crises [Washington Post]

• Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman suspended from legal practice in DC [ReutersE]

By the Numbers: Hispanic Heritage Month | ABC News

Migrant flights to Martha's Vineyard raise legal questions | CBS News

Global National: Sept. 16, 2022 | Ukrainian mass graves discovered in Izium amid Russian invasion

Nightly News Full Broadcast (September 16th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 16, 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 6:35pm CEST, 16 September 2022, there have been 608,328,548 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,501,469 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 13 September 2022, a total of 12,613,484,608 vaccine

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:35pm CEST, 16 September 2022, there have been 94,237,260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,041,323 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 September 2022, a total of 601,804,302 vaccine doses have been administered.

• TWiV 936: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• Severe fatigue as symptom of long COVID is characterized by... [MedRxiv (32 page PDF)]

• A Bivalent Omicron-Containing Booster Vaccine against Covid-19 [New England Journal of Medicine]

• The Lancet Commission on lessons for the future from the COVID-19 pandemic [The LancetE]

• Anti-vax groups use carrot emojis to hide Facebook posts [BBC News]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Construction begins on world’s second-largest PV project [pv magazine]

• The Man From Rivian Who Wants to Change How We Buy Cars [Wall Street Journal]

• Here's Why Craigslist Still Looks the Same After 25+ Years [PC Magazine]

• The US is moving one step closer to letting Americans file their taxes online for free directly to the IRS, cutting out private companies like TurboTax and H&R Block [Business Insider]

• U.S. Safety Agency Warns People to Stop Buying Male-to-Male Extension Cords on Amazon [Gizmodo]

• Texas Social-Media Law on Web Censorship Upheld by Federal Appeals Court [Bloomberg]

• US border forces are seizing Americans' phone data and storing it for 15 years [engadget]

• Liquid robot can split into tiny droplets and reform into a blob [New Scientist]

Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

Falcon 9 aborted launch, 17 September 2022 | SciNews

The New Ford Mustang is Unreal! - DTNS 4356 | Daily Tech News Show

September 12th // Arizona Tornado Warned Supercell | Mike Olbinski

What Sewage Can Tell Us About Covid, Monkeypox and Polio Virus Outbreaks | WSJ

TWiV 936: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin | Microbe TV

tarship Booster Testing Discussion | TMRO Space News

Don't Clip and Drive | Office Hours 12 | Jupiter Broadcasting

Another QNAP Mess: "Deadbolt" | Security Now - Twit TV

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Ukrainian officials point to war crime evidence after reports of mass burials in Izium | ITV News

How Germany wants to turn away from China and Russia | DW News

Al Jazeera travels to reclaimed villages in Kharkiv | Al Jazeera

How Russian Forces Were 'Deceived' In Ukraine's Kharkiv Counteroffensive | Radio Free Europe

'State of the EU' speech: Is the Union rising to acute challenges? | FRANCE 24 English

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On This Day

September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 105 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)

1111 – Highest Galician nobility led by Pedro Fróilaz de Traba and the bishop Diego Gelmírez crown Alfonso VII as "King of Galicia".

1176 – The Battle of Myriokephalon is the last attempt by the Byzantine Empire to recover central Anatolia from the Seljuk Turks.

1382 – Louis the Great's daughter, Mary, is crowned "king" of Hungary.

1462 – Thirteen Years' War: A Polish army under Piotr Dunin decisively defeats the Teutonic Order at the Battle of Świecino.

1577 – The Treaty of Bergerac is signed between King Henry III of France and the Huguenots.

1620 – Polish–Ottoman War: The Ottoman Empire defeats the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth during the Battle of Cecora.

1631 – Sweden wins a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.

1658 – The Battle of Vilanova is fought between Portugal and Spain during the Portuguese Restoration War.

1683 – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek writes a letter to the Royal Society describing "animalcules", later known as protozoa.[3]

1775 – American Revolutionary War: The Invasion of Canada begins with the Siege of Fort St. Jean.

1776 – The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.

1778 – The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed. It is the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe.

1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.

1793 – War of the Pyrenees: France defeats a Spanish force at the Battle of Peyrestortes.

1794 – Flanders Campaign: France completes its conquest of the Austrian Netherlands at the Battle of Sprimont.

1809 – Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War; the territory that will become Finland is ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.

1849 – American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.

1859 – Joshua A. Norton declares himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States."

1861 – Argentine Civil Wars: The State of Buenos Aires defeats the Argentine Confederation at the Battle of Pavón.

1862 – American Civil War: George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American military history.

1862 – American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.

1894 – Battle of the Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.

1900 – Philippine–American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham Jr. at Mabitac.

1901 – Second Boer War: A Boer column defeats a British force at the Battle of Blood River Poort.

1901 – Second Boer War: Boers capture a squadron of the 17th Lancers at the Battle of Elands River.

1908 – The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality.

1914 – Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.

1914 – World War I: The Race to the Sea begins.

1916 – World War I: Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron"), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.

1920 – The National Football League is organized as the American Professional Football Association in Canton, Ohio.

1924 – The Border Protection Corps is established in the Second Polish Republic for the defence of the eastern border against armed Soviet raids and local bandits.

1928 – The Okeechobee hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing more than 2,500 people.

1930 – The Kurdish Ararat rebellion is suppressed by the Turks.

1932 – A speech by Laureano Gómez leads to the escalation of the Leticia Incident.

1935 – The Niagara Gorge Railroad ceases operations after a rockslide.

1939 – World War II: The Soviet invasion of Poland begins.

1939 – World War II: German submarine U-29 sinks the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous.

1940 – World War II: Due to setbacks in the Battle of Britain and approaching autumn weather, Hitler postpones Operation Sea Lion.

1941 – World War II: A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense restores compulsory military training.

1941 – World War II: Soviet forces enter Tehran during the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran.

1944 – World War II: Allied airborne troops parachute into the Netherlands as the "Market" half of Operation Market Garden.

1944 – World War II: Soviet troops launch the Tallinn Offensive against Germany and pro-independence Estonian units.

1944 – World War II: German forces are attacked by the Allies in the Battle of San Marino.

1948 – The Lehi (also known as the Stern gang) assassinates Count Folke Bernadotte, who was appointed by the United Nations to mediate between the Arab nations and Israel.

1948 – The Nizam of Hyderabad surrenders his sovereignty over the Hyderabad State and joins the Indian Union.

1949 – The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burns in Toronto Harbour with the loss of over 118 lives.

1961 – The world's first retractable roof stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1961 – Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 706 crashes during takeoff from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, killing all 37 people on board.

1965 – The Battle of Chawinda is fought between Pakistan and India.

1974 – Bangladesh, Grenada and Guinea-Bissau join the United Nations.

1976 – The Space Shuttle Enterprise is unveiled by NASA.

1978 – The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt.

1980 – After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity is established.

1980 – Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle is killed in Asunción, Paraguay.

1983 – Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.

1991 – Estonia, North Korea, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia join the United Nations.

1991 – The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.

1992 – An Iranian Kurdish leader and his two joiners are assassinated by political militants in Berlin.

2001 – The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

2006 – Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupts, marking the first eruption for the volcano in at least 10,000 years.

2006 – An audio tape of a private speech by Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány is leaked to the public, in which he confessed that his Hungarian Socialist Party had lied to win the 2006 election, sparking widespread protests across the country.

2011 – Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zuccotti Park, New York City.

2013 – Grand Theft Auto V earns more than half a billion dollars on its first day of release.

2016 – Two bombs explode in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and Manhattan. Thirty-one people are injured in the Manhattan bombing.

2018 – A Russian reconnaissance aircraft carrying 15 people on board is brought down by a Syrian surface-to-air missile over the Mediterranean Sea.

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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, September 17, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

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