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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 28, 2023



Due to an extended illness, Macon Media will be on light duty and will not be aggregating news links for a little bit. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. --Bobby

NOTE: A power outage report has been added to the end of this article.

Springlike temperatures will continue today and through the rest of the week. A nearly stationary front will linger across our region today and Wednesday as low pressure organizes over Texas. This storm system moves east northeast from Texas Wednesday then reaches our area on Friday bringing the potential for severe weather. The low pressure and associated strong cold front moves over the Atlantic on Saturday with cool and dry high pressure in control of our weather through the start of next week.

Saturday March 4th

Chili Cook Off at the community building 2 to 4pm

$5 entry fee to come in and taste chili and vote for your favorite. All proceeds go to helping a child go to gymnastics camp this summer with her team mates. Contact sgors.sg@gmail.com for more information.



HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

A low pressure system expected to move by to our northwest on Friday should push a strong cold front across our region, most likely in the afternoon. In advance of the front, heavy rain showers may start to build over or near the region as early as Wednesday night and then continue at times through Friday. Current expectations are that enough instability and wind shear will be available by Friday to raise the threat for strong to severe thunderstorms, with all forms of severe weather possible. However, details remain uncertain regarding the timing and location of the more significant threats.


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LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Highs near 70. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday Night

Showers. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10pm. Lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10pm. Lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday Night

Showers. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 90%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the southeast increasing and shifting to come out of thesouthwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10pm. Lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday

Showers before 1pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 4pm, then showers after 4pm. Highs in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday Night

Showers. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 90%.



POWER OUTAGE REPORT
02-28-2023
4.59am

MACON 

Active Outages...10
Customers Without Power...368
Estimated Time of Restoration...2.00 p.m.

DUKE ENERGY 
Active Power Outages:45
Total Customers Without Power:2,924
NC - Customers Without Power:2,907
SC - Customers Without Power:17

HAYWOOD EMC
0 Outages in Macon County
Active Power Outages:5
Total Customers Without Power:17 (16 in Haywood and 1 in Transylvania)


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Author: Bobby Coggins


Monday, February 27, 2023

U.S. and NC Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Former NC Congressman Jim Broyhill
From sunrise to sunset February 28, 2023





Governor Roy Cooper ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, February 28, in honor of former North Carolina Congressman Jim Broyhill who passed away on Saturday, February 18. Broyhill served North Carolina's Foothill region in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1963 to 1986 and briefly in the U.S. Senate. His funeral will be held February 28 in Forsyth County, followed by a graveside service in Wilkes County.

 
Statement from Governor Roy Cooper

"I appreciate Senator Broyhill’s commitment and service to North Carolina and our prayers are with the Broyhill family today."

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Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are also encouraged to fly flags at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.

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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Weather Briefing for Sunday, February 26, 2023

Due to illness, Macon Media will be taking a few days off from posting a full news and weather update.

General Outlook

Cooler, wetter weather is expected today with rain tapering off overnight. A weak cold front is expected to cross the region late Monday, with a chance for rain in the mountains. Winds will be higher Monday, with wind gusts above 20mph expected. A return to dry weather by midweek, followed by another round of wetter conditions to close out the week. Temperatures should gradually warm over the forecast period.

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Saturday, February 25, 2023

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, February 25, 2023



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Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Cool and damp weather is expected today with a stalled front to our south and a wedge of high pressure from the north. Temperatures should rebound Sunday as the high moves off the northeast coast. A cold front moves through early next week, followed by dry but still warm high pressure for the middle of next week.

Saturday March 4th chilli cook off at the community building 2 to 4pm. $5 entry fee to come in and taste chilli and vote for your favorite. All proceeds go to helping a child go to gymnastics camp this summer with her team mates.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming light and variable before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Monday

Showers likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Windy. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s. Windy. Chance of rain is 60%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers likely, mainly in the mid-to-late afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog before midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the west around 10 mph.

Monday

Showers. Highs near 60. Windy. Chance of rain is 80%.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s. Windy. Chance of rain is 60%.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Areas of fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the north around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light and variable winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest after midnight.

Monday

Showers. Highs in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Breezy. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 9am. Patchy fog between 2pm and 4pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog after 7pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the southwest early in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Showers. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Breezy. Chance of rain is 60%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.



Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather A Solar Polar Vortex and the X-Factor Returns | Space Weather News: 10 February 2023




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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No known appreciable smoke field will be crossing Macon County today or tonight.















PM2.5 AQI is 35 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 35 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (3.5 out of 12) today with Alder and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for February 25th

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

Highest Temperature 77°F in Highlands in 1930
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1967
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.06 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1961
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.0 inches in Highlands in 1894

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of February Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899 (also a state record)
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Record Weather Events for February 25th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 85°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1930
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1967
Greatest Rainfall 5.12 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 2016
Greatest Snowfall 14.0 inches in Marion, Mcdowell County in 1894
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of February Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 88°F in New Bern, Craven County on 02-28-1962
Lowest Temperature -20°F in Brevard, Transylvania County on 02-17-1958
Greatest Rainfall 8.83 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 24.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 02-12-1985




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

Saturday March 4th

Chili Cook Off at the community building 2 to 4pm

$5 entry fee to come in and taste chili and vote for your favorite. All proceeds go to helping a child go to gymnastics camp this summer with her team mates. Contact sgors.sg@gmail.com for more information.



Contra Dance at the Library
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

Join an enthusiastic group of musicians and dancers every first Saturday of the month, with beginners’ lessons at 6:30. Suggested donation, $10 per person helps to pay the musicians and callers for their travel and expertise. Contra dances are hosted and organized by the Arts Council of Macon County.





No events have been submitted for Macon Calendar.
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Local and State News



• The Wrap: Moore's rammed vehicle, tax cuts, new Lindberg indictment, and Medicaid in the Senate [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• ‘Bam!’ House speaker describes SUV being rammed and car chase that followed [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Rep. Clampitt looks to lower NC's legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers with new bill [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• 1/3 of newspapers gone in 2 years; what about in Asheville, WNC? [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Fourth Circuit: Individuals Have a First Amendment Right to Livestream Their Own Traffic Stops [Electronic Frontier Foundation]


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National and World News Roundup

• Fed can’t tame inflation without ‘significantly’ more hikes that will cause a recession, paper says [CNBC]

• NATO’s Biggest European Members Float Defense Pact With Ukraine [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• U.S. to Expand Troop Presence in Taiwan for Training Against China Threat [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• Gunmen Shoot Toddler, Mother and 5 Teens Near Philadelphia School [WCAU-TV (Philadelphia, PA) ]

• Norfolk Southern commits $300K to East Palestine school district, reimburses fire department $825K [ABC News]

• Burkina Faso recruits 5,000 soldiers to fight jihadists [PunchNg]

• Study offers concerning insight into how daily marijuana use can affect your heart [CNN]

• U.S. rolls out new aid for Ukraine, sanctions for Russia one year into war [CBS News]

• NATO on the precipice [Politico]

• The 2022 Long-Term Budget Outlook (July 2022) [Congressional Budget Office ] [PDF Download]

Washington Today (2-24-23): Ukrainian President looks to victory on anniversary of Russia's invasion | C-SPAN RADIO



Ukraine's fight against Russia forges new levels of national unity a year into war | PBS Newshour



Global National: Feb. 24, 2023 | Liberal MP allegedly tied to Chinese election interference: sources



Nightly News Full Broadcast (February 24th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, (February 24, 2022




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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]

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:24pm CET, 21 February 2023, there have been 101,752,396 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,106,783 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 10 February 2023, a total of 662,514,513 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:24pm CET, 21 February 2023, there have been 757,264,511 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,850,594 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 19 February 2023, a total of 13,220,848,592 vaccine doses have been administered.

TWiV 986: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin | Microbe TV



• Assessing the impact of one million COVID-19 deaths in America: economic and life expectancy losses [ Nature: Scientific Reports ]

• Long Covid causing job losses and homelessness in Australia, inquiry hears [ The Guardian ]

• CIDRAP unveils roadmap for advancing better coronavirus vaccines [ CIDRAP ]

• TWiV 983: One flu vaccine for them all with Scott Hensley [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 986: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Plio-Pleistocene deep-sea ventilation in the eastern Pacific and potential linkages with Northern Hemisphere glaciation [Science Advances]

• Microsoft hijacks Google's Chrome download page to beg you not to ditch Edge [The Register]

• Signal CEO: We “1,000% won’t participate” in UK law to weaken encryption [ARS TECHNICA]

• Great Leap Nowhere: The Challenges of China’s Semiconductor Industry [War on the Rocks]

• Windows 10 users are being offered a Windows 11 upgrade despite not meeting the requirements [XDA]

• Z-Library returns, aims to avoid seizures by giving each user a secret URL [ARS TECHNICA]


Evergreen Links

• Red Dead Online player bids farewell to Google Stadia save by releasing horse they named after their departed daughter [Games Radar]

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History 69 - Twilight of the Æsir



Hardcore History: AddendumEP24 Manifesting the Muse with Rick | Dan Carlin



• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]

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


How Do We Know What We Know? Philosophy of Science | Fraser Cain






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

Section 230 in the Supreme Court With Cathy Gellis | TWiT-TV



The Level1 Show February 24 2023: The Human Bing | Level1Techs



We See Your Satellites & Raise You Space Lasers - DTNS 4464 | Daily Tech News Show



Starship 27 Stacked in the High Bay | SpaceX Boca Chica



Universe-Breaking Galaxies - Source of Dark Energy - Mars Anniversary | Space Bytes by Fraser Cain



How Does Light Actually Work? | History of the Universe



Nobody Expected These Neutron Stars to Create a Perfect Sphere | Antov Petrov



Total Network Rebuild - Self-Hosted 91 | Jupiter Broadcasting





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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, February 24 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for February 24thd]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 366 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 365 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 365: Heavy shelling and fighting in Donbas [Euromaiden Press]


• ‘Something Was Badly Wrong’: When Washington Realized Russia Was Actually Invading Ukraine [ Politico Magazine ]

Putin’s War in Ukraine: VICE Special Report | Vice News



• Russia's Medvedev floats idea of pushing back Poland's borders [Reuters via Yahoo! News]

• One year of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine [TVP World]

• EU approves 10th package of sanctions on Russia over Ukraine war [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine marks a year of war — as it happened [DW News]

• Grief, anger and pride: how war upended the lives of Ukraine’s citizen soldiers [France 24]

• A year of Russia’s war in Ukraine: Your simple guide [Al Jazeera]

• Putin says Russia to deploy Sarmat nuclear missiles [Reuters via AOL]

One Year of Ukraine War, Combat Footage Review | Funker530



Ukraine's shadow soldiers: Meeting resistance fighters in Kherson region | FRANCE 24 English



Why Ukraine Guerilla Warfare is a Nightmare for Russia | Task and Purpose



How a Year of War Has Transformed Russia: A Warographics Analysis | Warographics



The Real State of War in Ukraine One Year Later | The Infographics Show



Putin's hidden war: the Russians fighting back | The Economist



Putin’s War: Behind the Kremlin Walls | NBC News



Tectonic shift in Western Europe's perception of the war in Ukraine - Ian Garner | TVP World




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

The Ukrainians are staring down the barrel of a VERY BIG GUN | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor



• Dmitry Trenin: One year on, here's how the Ukraine conflict is changing the world order [Russia Today]

• Contrarian Correspondent – Russia Already Won in Ukraine[Pravda]

• Canada imposes sanctions on 129 Russian nationals, 63 legal entities [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

February 25th is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 309 days remain until the end of the year (310 in leap years).



Historical Events

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




138 – Roman emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius as his son, effectively making him his successor.

628 – Khosrow II, the last great Shah of the Sasanian Empire (Iran), is overthrown by his son Kavadh II.

1336 – Four thousand defenders of Pilenai commit mass suicide rather than be taken captive by the Teutonic Knights.

1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for his revolver firearm.

1843 – Lord George Paulet occupies the Kingdom of Hawaii in the name of Great Britain in the Paulet Affair (1843).

1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in Congress.

1875 – Guangxu Emperor of Qing dynasty China begins his reign, under Empress Dowager Cixi's regency.

1912 – Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

1916 – In the Battle of Verdun, a German unit captures Fort Douaumont, keystone of the French defences, without a fight.

1918 – German forces capture Tallinn to virtually complete the occupation of Estonia.

1921 – Georgian capital Tbilisi falls to the invading Russian forces after heavy fighting and the Russians declare the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.

1932 – Hitler, having been stateless for seven years, obtains German citizenship when he is appointed a Brunswick state official by Dietrich Klagges, a fellow Nazi. As a result, Hitler is able to run for Reichspräsident in the 1932 election.

1933 – Launch of the USS Ranger at Newport News, Virginia. It is the first purpose-built aircraft carrier to be commissioned by the US Navy.

1939 – As part of British air raid precautions, the first of 21⁄2 million Anderson shelters is constructed in a garden in Islington, north London.

1941 – The outlawed Communist Party of the Netherlands organises a general strike in German-occupied Amsterdam to protest against Nazi persecution of Dutch Jews.

1947 – The formal abolition of Prussia is proclaimed by the Allied Control Council, the Prussian government having already been abolished by the Preußenschlag of 1932.

1947 – Soviet NKVD forces in Hungary abduct Béla Kovács—secretary-general of the majority Independent Smallholders' Party—and deport him to the USSR in defiance of Parliament. His arrest is an important turning point in the Communist takeover of Hungary.

1948 – In a coup d'état led by Klement Gottwald, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia takes control of government in Prague to end the Third Czechoslovak Republic.

1951 – The first Pan American Games are officially opened in Buenos Aires by Argentine President Juan Perón.

1956 – In his speech On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union, denounces Stalin.

1980 – The government of Suriname is overthrown by a military coup led by Dési Bouterse.

1986 – People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines' first woman president.

1991 – Disbandment of the Warsaw Pact at a meeting of its members in Budapest.

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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, February 25, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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