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Monday, May 15, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, May 15, 2023



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

Daily shower and thunderstorm chances will remain to start the week, with strong to severe thunderstorms possible on Tuesday and Tuesday night. A brief period of drier weather is expected for Thursday and Friday. As high pressure moves off the coast Friday, an unsettled pattern and rain chances return for the weekend.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog between 11pm and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11pm and 1am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a chance of showers between 8am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.
Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 8pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southwest 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.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11pm and 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a chance of showers between 8am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Chance of rain is 50%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 11pm, then a chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 7 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog between midnight and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11pm and 1am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Lows around 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a chance of showers between 8am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a chance of showers between 10pm and midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.


Nantahala Area

Today

A slight chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog between midnight and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. WInds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11pm and 3am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Chance of rain is 40%.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Isolated and scattered showers and thunderstorms could develop over the western NC mountains and southern Piedmont this afternoon. The main threats with any of these storms will be cloud-to-ground lightning and gusty winds.

A cold front will bring the chance for showers and thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening. A few storms may become severe, with damaging wind gusts, hail, and cloud-to-ground lightning as the main threats. There is also a non-zero chance for tornadoes.





Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather

Earth in Solar Storm Crosshairs | Live Informal Briefing 09 May 2023




Back to Top Hurricane Season 2023: What to Watch For As We Keep Tabs on El Nino | hurricanetrack





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Almanac









PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD/CODE GREEN) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD/CODE 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 Birch, Hickory, and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (6.7 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for May 15th

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

Highest Temperature 89°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2018
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1910
Greatest One-Day Rain 3.90 inches in Highlands in 2014
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1871)

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

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

Record Weather Events for May 15th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 99°F in Dobbins Heights, Richmond County in 1962
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1910
Greatest Rainfall 6.50 inches in Garner, Wake County in 2014
Greatest Snowfall (a trace) on Mount Mitchell, Yancey in 2021
(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Gladys)

--> Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 107°F in Aurora, Beaufort Countyy on 05-26-2011
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-09-2020
Greatest Rainfall 8.51 inches in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County on 05-20-1942
Greatest Snowfall 15.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-07-1992




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

SATURDAY, MAY 27th

Clarks Chapel Fire-Rescue Annual BBQ Fundraiser From 2pm until sold out Plates are $10 each

Clarks Chapel Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their annul BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, May 27. It will feature Barbeque, Music, Raffles, Silent Auction, and plenty of family fun. The fire department is located at 270 Fulcher Road in Franklin.





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



• How they voted: NC congressional votes for the week ending May 11 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Gov. Cooper vetoes abortion bill in front of supporters and anti-abortion protesters [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Nearly a dozen sign up to speak at board meet [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]



Macon Media is still experiencing transportation issues and was unable to get to the courthouse to cover this months meeting. Here is the county-sponsored video of the meeting:

Macon County Commissioners Meeting 3-14-23



• HB259 NC House Bill Budget Substitute [PDF Download (640 pages)]



Proposed State Budget for 2023-2025 [Download PDF]



• Macon County Board of Commissioners March 2023 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]



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National and World News Roundup

Turkey's election looks likely to head into a runoff vote | CNBC International TV



• Turkey election results liveblog: Run-off likely with Erdogan leading[Al Jazeera]

• China and Russia are increasing their military collaboration, Japan's foreign minister warns [ABC News]

French Defence Strategy and Rearmament - a new war economy, deterrence and strategic autonomy | Perun



• How the Supreme Court might view the debt limit fight [Politico]

• Full Video – CNN Trump Town Hall [Election Central]

• Trump Signals the Return of Michael Flynn If He Wins Reelection [Rolling Stone]



Inside the U.S. Strategy to Counter China’s Booming Network of Ports | U.S. vs China | WSJ



Washington Today (5-11-23): House passes immigration bill on party lines as Title 42 expires | C-SPAN



Global National: May 14, 2023 | More Albertans forced to leave home as evacuations expand



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 14


PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 14, 2023)




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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:



Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. Macon County Public Health will stop publishing weekly COVID updates but will continue to monitor local case levels and trends. In the event that case counts increase significantly, MCPH will notify the public and resume weekly COVID updates.




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

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 3:49pm CEST, 10 May 2023, there have been 103,343,569 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,125,209 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 May 2023, a total of 668,168,096 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 3:49pm CEST, 10 May 2023, there have been 765,903,278 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,927,378 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 9 May 2023, a total of 13,350,312,122 vaccine doses have been administered.


• A Proclamation on Revoking the Air Travel COVID-⁠19 Vaccination Requirement [ The White House ]

• Statement on the fifteenth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic [ World Health Organization ]

• The Covid–19 Crisis Is Officially Over. Everything Changed. [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• COVID no longer a global health emergency, World Health Organization says [ Sky News ]

• Masks Work. Distorting Science to Dispute the Evidence Doesn’t [ Scientific American ]

• CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is stepping down from agency [ NBC News ]

Ep 130 Osterholm Update: A Better Place | Osterholm Update



• TWiV 1002: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 1003: Going clinically viral [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• The Sky This Week: Enjoy Venus and Mars in the evenings [Astronomy Magazine]

• Meteorologists targeted in climate misinfo surge [PHYS.ORG]

• Air Pollution from Oil and Gas Production Contributes to Thousands of Early Deaths, Childhood Asthma Cases Nationwide [Boston University School of Public Health]

• Lawsuit alleges that social media companies promoted White supremacist propaganda that led to radicalization of Buffalo mass shooter [CNN]

• Google’s AI tools embrace the dream of Clippy [The Verge]

• Linda Yaccarino fires off first tweets as Twitter’s new CEO [Digital Trends]

• 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



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




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

The Level1 Show May 12 2023: A Tale of Two Siris | Level1 Techs



Linda Yaccarino, The Xpert - DTNS 4519 | Daily Tech News Show



SpaceX Unveils Raptor 3 Engine for Starship, and a Space Station with Vast! | Marcus House



Thinking in Decades | LINUX Unplugged 510 | Jupiter Broadcasting



Escaped Supermassive Black Hole? Nope...Something Else Entirely | Antov Petrov



The Rapid Rise of Korean Shipbuilding | Asianometry



How Kodak Punches 384,000 HOLES A MINUTE in Film Stock (Kodak Factory 3 of 3)- Smarter Every Day 286 | SmarterEveryDay



Civilization: Is the West History? | Episode 2: Science | BBC Select





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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 14 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 14th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 445 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 445: Several Russian aircraft shot down over its territory [Euromaiden Press]


• Wagner chief offered to give Russian troop locations to Ukraine, leak says [Washington Post]

• Erdogan and Challenger Appear Headed for Runoff Election in Turkey [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• Russia Launches Fresh Wave of Attacks Against Ukraine [Wall Street Journal]

• Kyiv on counteroffensive in Bakhmut; Russian MoD admits 2 commanders dead [TVP World]

• France promises more tanks, armoured vehicles for Ukraine [AL Jazeera]

• How spies took down Putin’s most insidious weapon against the West [The Telegraph (via Yahoo! News)]

Reports of 4 Russian military aircraft downed near Ukraine border | Al Jazeera



Zelenskyy receives Charlemagne Prize for promoting European unity | DW News



Russian missiles hit Ukraine Eurovision act’s city | BBC News



Zelensky makes surprise visit to Paris for talks on Ukraine's urgent needs | FRANCE 24 English



🔴 (NSFW) - Ukraine Advances in Bakhmut, Storm Shadow Strikes? | Funker530 LIVE Recap




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

Either you attack the Russians now or you might as well surrender | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor



• Ukraine now de-facto ‘state-sponsor of terrorism’ – Kremlin [Russia Today]

• EU intelligence report reveals data on Ukrainian losses in the conflict with Russia [Pravda]

• Commander Makarov was killed in fighting to repel Ukrainian attack — ministry [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

May 15 is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 230 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)





221 – Liu Bei, Chinese warlord, proclaims himself emperor of Shu Han, the successor of the Han dynasty.
392 – Emperor Valentinian II is assassinated while advancing into Gaul against the Frankish usurper Arbogast. He is found hanging in his residence at Vienne.
589 – King Authari marries Theodelinda, daughter of the Bavarian duke Garibald I. A Catholic, she has great influence among the Lombard nobility.
756 – Abd-al-Rahman I becomes emir of Cordova, Spain
884 – Marinus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1004 – Henry II the Saint crowned King of Italy
1213 - King John of England names Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury
1252 – Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad extirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.
1525 – Insurgent peasants led by Anabaptist pastor Thomas Müntzer were defeated at the Battle of Frankenhausen, ending the German Peasants' War in the Holy Roman Empire.
1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest; she is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.
1618 – Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).
1648 – The Peace of Münster is ratified, by which Spain acknowledges Dutch sovereignty.
1791 – French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying Ordinance.
1817 – Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
1836 – Francis Baily observes "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse.
1849 – The Sicilian revolution of 1848 is finally extinguished.
1850 – The Arana–Southern Treaty is ratified, ending "the existing differences" between Great Britain and Argentina.
1851 – The first Australian gold rush is proclaimed, although the discovery had been made three months earlier.
1864 – American Civil War: Battle of New Market, Virginia: Students from the Virginia Military Institute fight alongside the Confederate army to force Union General Franz Sigel out of the Shenandoah Valley.
1891 – Pope Leo XIII defends workers' rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum novarum, the beginning of modern Catholic social teaching.
1911 – In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.
1911 – More than 300 Chinese immigrants are killed in the Torreón massacre when the forces of the Mexican Revolution led by Emilio Madero take the city of Torreón from the Federales.
1919 – The Winnipeg general strike begins. By 11:00, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg had walked off the job.
1919 – Greek occupation of Smyrna. During the occupation, the Greek army kills or wounds 350 Turks; those responsible are punished by Greek commander Aristides Stergiades.
1929 – A fire at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio kills 123.
1932 – In an attempted coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is assassinated.
1933 – All military aviation organizations within or under the control of the RLM of Germany were officially merged in a covert manner to form its Wehrmacht military's air arm, the Luftwaffe.
1940 – USS Sailfish is recommissioned. It was originally the USS Squalus.
1940 – World War II: After fierce fighting, the poorly trained and equipped Dutch troops surrender to Germany, marking the beginning of five years of occupation.
1940 – Richard and Maurice McDonald open the first McDonald's restaurant.
1941 – First flight of the Gloster E.28/39 the first British and Allied jet aircraft.
1941 – Joe DiMaggio begins a 56-game hitting streak.
1942 – World War II: In the United States, a bill creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
1943 – Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).
1945 – World War II: The Battle of Poljana, the final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
1948 – Following the expiration of The British Mandate for Palestine, the Kingdom of Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia invade Israel thus starting the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
1957 – At Malden Island in the Pacific Ocean, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple.
1963 – Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, and the last American to go into space alone.
1970 – President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army generals.
1972 – The Ryukyu Islands, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
1974 – Ma'alot massacre: Members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine attack and take hostages at an Israeli school; a total of 31 people are killed, including 22 schoolchildren.
1981 - Soyuz 40 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Romanian) to Salyut 6
1988 – Soviet–Afghan War: After more than eight years of fighting, the Soviet Army begins to withdraw 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.
1991 – Édith Cresson becomes France's first female Prime Minister.
1997 – The United States government acknowledges the existence of the "Secret War" in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
1997 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on STS-84 to dock with the Russian space station Mir.[1]
2004 – Arsenal F.C. go an entire league campaign unbeaten in the English Premier League, joining Preston North End F.C with the right to claim the title "The Invincibles".
2008 – California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.
2010 – Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
2013 – An upsurge in violence in Iraq leaves more than 389 people dead over three days.
2017 - State of Emergency declared in Sanaa, Yemen after outbreak of cholera kills 115
2018 - Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is released from prison after being pardoned by King Muhammad V
2018 - 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and 1700 hospitalized on the Gaza border protesting opening of US embassy in Jerusalem and 70 year founding of Israel
2018 - Taliban forces attack and claim to has seized control of the western city of Farah, Afghanistan
2018 - North Korea threatens to pull out of summit with US and South Korea saying it can "not hide our feeling of repugnance" towards US security advisor John Bolton
2019 - US birthrate in 2018 the lowest for 32 years (total fertility rate 1,728 births per 1,000 women), with record lows for teen births
2019 - Findings from China's Chang'e-4 rover to the Moon suggests huge asteroid created the giant crater on Moon's far side with impact so great it cracked its crust and reached the mantle below published in "Nature"
2020 - Germany, Europe's largest economy, officially in recession due to COVID-19, as figures show economy shrank 2.2% 1st 3 months of the year.





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Published at 5:00am on Monday, May 15, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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Macon County Board of Elections 03-11-2014 The Macon County Board of Elections holds a special meeting to hear a challenge brought by Charles "Scoon" Nichols to the candidacy of Macon County Commissioner Ron Haven regarding his eligibility to file as a candidate in the District II County Commissioner race. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9lNBy-faAA ********************* Jair Bolsonaro leaves Brazil for the US ahead of Lula’s inauguration https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/30/americas/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-us-lula-inauguration-intl-latam Dang. He pulled a Trump and snuck out of town and can't be civil during the transfer of power. What a toddler move. ******************** Fierce Kitty, Glorious Kitty, Little Ball of Fur. Honourable Kitty, Warrior Kitty, Qapla' Qapla' Qapla' -->
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