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Sunday, May 21, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, May 21, 2023

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COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
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A low pressure system developing along the Carolina coast will move northeast over the Outer Banks tonight, but with weak high pressure persisting in our area. A cold front will cross the region from the northwest on Saturday night then settle southeast of the area on Sunday. Dry high pressure returns early next week, however, low pressure may increase the moisture over our region during the week.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night

Franklin Area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.


Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.


A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.
Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.


Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.


A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.


Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 8 mph.


A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Nantahala Area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.


Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph by midmorning.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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


• Damaging 2022 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

The official hurricane season for the Atlantic basin is from June 1 to November 30, but tropical cyclone activity sometimes occurs before and after these dates, respectively. The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is September 10, with most activity occurring between mid-August and mid-October.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun May 21 2023

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 7 days.

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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 levels are expected to be in the medium range (6.7 out of 12) today with Birch, Hickory, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (7.9 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for May 21st

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 90°F in Franklin in 1975
Lowest Temperature 30°F in Highlands in 1993
Greatest One-Day Rain 4.03 inches in Highlands in 1901
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 21st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 100°F in Salisbury, Rowan County in 1941
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Jefferson, Ashe County in 2002
Greatest Rainfall 7.25 inches in Marion, McDowell County County in 1901
Greatest Snowfall 0.5 inches in Sparta, Alleghany County in 1946
(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
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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

• Mark Walker joins race for NC governor, setting up competitive GOP primary [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Veterans’ Camp Lejeune claims are being ignored. NC lawmakers demand answers. [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Fourth annual 'Bike for the Blue' ride benefits law enforcement across 8 WNC counties [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Markers for George Masa and Laura Kephart will finally join Horace Kephart's grave in Bryson City [BPR]

• Canton mill workers encouraged to explore health insurance options [Smoky Mountain News]

• Angel Medical Center President's Column for May 2023 [Macon Media]

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

Still no deal in debt ceiling standoff | CBS Evening News

• World watches in disbelief and horror as U.S. nears possible default [Washington Post (via MSN)]

• Debt-Ceiling Talks Devolve Into Finger Pointing and Frustration as Deal Remains Elusive [Wall Street Journal]

• Kissinger: for the safety of Europe, get Ukraine into NATO [The Economist]

• Russian mercenaries behind slaughter of 500 in Mali village, UN report finds [The Guardian]

• Mike Lindell’s $5 million contest winner takes him to federal court [Washington Post]

• Moscow bans ‘500 Americans’ from Russia including CNN journalists [CNN]

Washington Today (5-19-23): Speaker McCarthy announces pause to debt ceiling talks with White House | C-SPAN

Global National: May 20, 2023 | Wildfire situation growing desperate in Fox Creek, Alberta

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 19

PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 20, 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 from May 19 to 26: Deep-sky delights [Astronomy Magazine]

• Supernova in M101 is the closest in a decade [EarthSky]

• CNET Workers Unionize as ‘Automated Technology Threatens Our Jobs’ [Vice News]

• In Years After El Niño, Global Economy Loses Trillions [Dartmouth News]

• How robots could dramatically speed up solar farm construction [Canary Media]

• WWDC 2023: what to expect at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference [The Verge]

• 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 Coming Age of Alien Communications | John Michael Godier

VR Right Under Our Noses - DTNS 4523 | Daily Tech News Show

What?! Betelgeuse Is Doing Something Weird Again and Nobody Knows Why | Antov Petrov

NASA Selects 2nd Artemis Lander | SpaceX's Breaks Raptor Records | Stratolaunch Drop Tests Talon-A | NASASpaceflight

SpaceX Starship Static Fire Prep, NASA Blue Origin Announcement of Lunar Lander, and much more | Marcus House

I Fed My Ant Colony an Adult Mouse | AntsCanada

Anna Frebel: Origin and Evolution of the Universe, Galaxies, and Stars | Lex Fridman Podcast #378

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 20 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 20th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 451 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 451: US to supply F-16 to Ukraine [Euromaiden Press]

• The battle for Ukraine’s Bakhmut: A timeline [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine may receive F-16 as early as autumn [TVP World]

• Ukraine: Bakhmut captured, Russian Defense Ministry claims [DW News]

• Liveblog: Russia's Prigozhin claims capture of Bakhmut; Ukraine says fighting continues [France 24]

• Liveblog LiveLIVEZelensky joins Ukraine talks on final day at G7 [BBC News]

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

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

Russia's Wagner Group says it has captured all of Bakhmut | DW News

Zelenskyy attends G7 summit in Japan as world leaders sanction Russia | World Today | TVP World

F-16 'most significant weapons announcement' since tanks | FRANCE 24 English

Wagner group: Russia’s Prigozhin claims complete control of Ukraine’s Bakhmut | Al Jazeera

Four Americans work to raise millions and bring aid to Ukrainian children | CBS News

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

Odessa and Kharkiv fall under Russian control and authority | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor

• Key Donbass city fully liberated – Moscow [Russia Today]

• Russia bans entry to Barack Obama and 499 other Americans [Pravda]

• Putin congratulates Wagner assault teams with liberation of Artyomovsk — Kremlin [TASS Russian News Agency]

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On This Day

May 21 is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 224 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)

293 – Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appoint Galerius as Caesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as the Tetrarchy.
878 – Syracuse, Sicily, is captured by the Muslim Aghlabids after a nine-month siege.
879 – Pope John VIII gives blessings to Branimir of Croatia and to the Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of the Croatian state.
996 – Sixteen-year-old Otto III is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
1349 – Dušan's Code, the constitution of the Serbian Empire, is enacted by Dušan the Mighty.
1403 – Henry III of Castile sends Ruy González de Clavijo as ambassador to Timur to discuss the possibility of an alliance between Timur and Castile against the Ottoman Empire.
1554 – Queen Mary I grants a royal charter to Derby School, as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England.
1659 – In the Concert of The Hague, the Dutch Republic, the Commonwealth of England and the Kingdom of France set out their views on how the Second Northern War should end.
1660 – The Battle of Long Sault concludes after five days in which French colonial militia, with their Huron and Algonquin allies, are defeated by the Iroquois Confederacy.
1674 – The nobility elect John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.
1703 – Daniel Defoe is imprisoned on charges of seditious libel.
1725 – The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by Empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
1758 – Ten-year-old Mary Campbell is abducted in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War. She is returned six and a half years later.
1792 – A lava dome collapses on Mount Unzen, near the city of Shimbara on the Japanese island of Kyūshū, creating a deadly tsunami that killed nearly 15,000 people.
1809 – The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the French army led by Napoleon I of France sees the French attack across the Danube held.
1851 – Slavery in Colombia is abolished.
1856 – Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.
1863 – American Civil War: The Union Army succeeds in closing off the last escape route from Port Hudson, Louisiana, in preparation for the coming siege.
1864 – Russia declares an end to the Russo-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated the Circassian Day of Mourning.
1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ends.
1864 – The Ionian Islands reunite with Greece.
1871 – French troops invade the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting. By the close of "Bloody Week", some 20,000 communards have been killed and 38,000 arrested.
1871 – Opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi Bahnen on Mount Rigi.
1879 – War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battle two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.
1881 – The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
1894 – The Manchester Ship Canal in the United Kingdom is officially opened by Queen Victoria, who later knights its designer Sir Edward Leader Williams.
1904 – The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris.
1911 – President of Mexico Porfirio Díaz and the revolutionary Francisco Madero sign the Treaty of Ciudad Juárez to put an end to the fighting between the forces of both men, concluding the initial phase of the Mexican Revolution.
1917 – The Imperial War Graves Commission is established through royal charter to mark, record, and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of the British Empire's military forces.
1917 – The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 causes $5.5 million in damages, destroying some 300 acres including 2,000 homes, businesses and churches, displacing about 10,000 people but leading to only one fatality (due to heart attack).
1924 – University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks in a "thrill killing".
1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1934 – Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
1936 – Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her handbag. Her story soon becomes one of Japan's most notorious scandals.
1937 – A Soviet station, North Pole-1, becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.
1939 – The Canadian National War Memorial is unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1946 – Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
1951 – The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition: A gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively known as the New York School.
1961 – American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.
1966 – The Ulster Volunteer Force declares war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
1969 – Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, known as Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
1972 – Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, the mentally disturbed Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth.
1976 – Twenty-nine people are killed in the Yuba City bus disaster in Martinez, California.
1979 – White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.
1981 – The Italian government releases the membership list of Propaganda Due, an illegal pseudo-Masonic lodge that was implicated in numerous Italian crimes and mysteries.
1981 – Transamerica Corporation agrees to sell United Artists to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $380 million after the box office failure of the 1980 film Heaven's Gate.
1982 – Falklands War: A British amphibious assault during Operation Sutton leads to the Battle of San Carlos.
1988 – Margaret Thatcher holds her controversial Sermon on the Mound before the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
1991 – Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras.
1991 – Mengistu Haile Mariam, president of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, flees Ethiopia, effectively bringing the Ethiopian Civil War to an end.
1992 – After 30 seasons Johnny Carson hosted his penultimate episode and last featuring guests (Robin Williams and Bette Midler) of The Tonight Show.
1994 – The Democratic Republic of Yemen unsuccessfully attempts to secede from the Republic of Yemen; a war breaks out.
1996 – The ferry MV Bukoba sinks in Tanzanian waters on Lake Victoria, killing nearly 1,000.
1998 – In Miami, five abortion clinics are attacked by a butyric acid attacker.
1998 – President Suharto of Indonesia resigns following the killing of students from Trisakti University earlier that week by security forces and growing mass protests in Jakarta against his ongoing corrupt rule.
2001 – French Taubira law is enacted, officially recognizing the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
2003 – The 6.8 Mw  Boumerdès earthquake shakes northern Algeria with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). More than 2,200 people were killed and a moderate tsunami sank boats at the Balearic Islands.
2004 - Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault
2005 – The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.
2006 – The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro; 55% of Montenegrins vote for independence.
2010 – JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS aboard an H-IIA rocket. The vessel would make a Venus flyby late in the year.
2011 – Radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on this date.
2012 – A bus accident near Himara, Albania kills 13 people and injures 21 others.
2012 – A suicide bombing kills more than 120 people in Sana'a, Yemen.
2014 – Random killings occurred on the Bannan Line of the Taipei MRT, killing four and injuring 24.
2014 - Russian President Putin signs agreements with China in Beijing in relation to trade and infrastructure
2016 - Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportedly killed by a US drone in Pakistan
2017 – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed their final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
2018 - US Justice Department says it is expanding its internal investigation into whether FBI infiltrated Donald Trump's 2016 campaign
2019 - Washington is the first US state to legalize human composting
2019 - Oldest and most distant gravitational waves detected from collision of two black holes with first intermediate-mass black hole ever discovered, 7 billion light years away
2020 - The U.S. announces it will withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty within six months, alleging continuous violations by Russia.

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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, May 21, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

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