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Thursday, May 25, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, May 25, 2023

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A mainly dry backdoor cold front will move through the area today with dry high pressure building into the region from the Great Lakes and New England. Isolated to scattered showers and perhaps a thunderstorm will be possible across the mountains today into early this evening. Thereafter, the forecast turns much wetter and cooler as an upper low interacts with a coastal cyclone that will move inland into the Carolinas. The upper low will linger into early next week keeping a chance for showers and storms around, but temperatures will gradually return to near normal values for late May.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night

Franklin Area


Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.


A 20 percent chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 1pm and 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph decreasing to light winds after midnight.


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.
Highlands Plateau


Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph.


A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the east 10 to 15 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northeast 15 to 20 mph.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph before midmorning.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm.


A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Nantahala Area


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast around 5 mph before midmorning.


A slight chance of showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 20%.


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the east around 5 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly 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

Goodbye Solar Snooze Big Flares are Back | Space Weather News 18 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 Thu May 25 2023

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

1. Southwestern Atlantic:
A non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to form along a frontal boundary offshore of the southeastern United States coast during the next day or two. The system appears unlikely to become a subtropical or tropical cyclone since it is forecast to remain frontal while moving generally northward and inland over the Carolinas this weekend.

Regardless, the system is likely to produce gusty winds and dangerous surf and rip current conditions along portions of the southeastern United States coast late this week and into the weekend. Heavy rainfall is expected in portions of the Carolinas with hazardous marine conditions expected over the coastal and offshore waters where gale watches and warnings are in effect. For more information, see products from your local National Weather Service office and high seas forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...low...10 percent.

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PM2.5 AQI is 55 (MODERATE/CODE YELLOW) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 55 (MODERATE/CODE YELLOW)

Fire and Smoke Map
Today's Air Quality Conditions

Fine particulate readings will remain in the Moderate/Yellow Zone in the west and central section of the state today and will be dropping in the Moderate/Green in the east.

General Forecast Discussion

Partly cloudy, breezy and cool weather is expected to continue tomorrow. The generally clean fetch of the upwind air mass is starting to marginalize any smoke from Canadian wildfires which resulted in Code Yellow readings earlier this week, and this trend should continue tomorrow with Code Green conditions over the northern Coastal Plain with Code Yellow conditions possible further inland. Ozone readings should also remain Code Green statewide except for localized Code Yellow readings in or near Charlotte.


Increasing clouds and breezy conditions Friday will give way to areas of rain -- heavy at times -- Saturday as a coastal low develops off the Southeast and moves northward toward the Carolina coast. Code Yellow fine particulate readings over the interior Friday will give way to Code Green statewide Saturday, and ozone will remain Code Green statewide both days.

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (6.8 out of 12) today with Hicory, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (7.3 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for May 25th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1953
Lowest Temperature 34°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1951
Greatest One-Day Rain 3.39 inches in Highlands in 1948
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 25th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 100°F in Lumberton, Robeson County in 1926
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Carthage, Moore County in 2007
Greatest Rainfall 4.53 inches in New Bern, Craven County in 1969
Greatest Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872) 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

• Macon County Commissioners Meeting 05-23-2023

Macon County Proposed Budget for FY 2023-2024 [Download PDF]

Retired Police Officer Larry "Moose" Moses Passes Away

Smoky Mountain News Webcast of Final Whistle of the Paper Mill and Bell Tolling in Canton

• Following mistrial, settlement reached in Knibbs case [Smoky Mountain News]

• Pandemic, floods, mill closure and an earthquake - Canton knows how to adapt, mayor says [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Progressives, conservatives both say NC budget plans have wrong priorities [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• 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

U-Haul driver charged, accused of deliberately crashing near White House | LiveNOW from FOX

• Fitch puts US credit rating on negative watch as debt ceiling deadline looms [Reuters]

• Florida school limits access to Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem and other books after parent's complaint [NBC News]

• Russia’s Frighteningly Fascist Youth [Foreighn Policy]

Ron DeSantis Joins 2024 Presidential Race, Challenging Trump | WSJ

• Ron DeSantis Announces 2024 Run for President on Twitter Spaces [Twitter]

• Fox News trolls Elon Musk, DeSantis with banner ‘amateur hour’ headline [The Hill]

• Jan. 6 defendant who put foot on desk in Pelosi's office sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison [CBS News]

Washington Today (5-24-23): Debt limit talks move to White House; no deal yet | C-SPAN

Global National: May 24, 2023 | Tina Turner, "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll," dies at 83

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 24

PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 24, 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]

• Walking naturally after spinal cord injury using a brain–spine interface [Nature]

• Emails Show SpaceX Bungled Elon Musk's Private Jet Privacy [Vice News]

• Microsoft warns that China hackers attacked U.S. infrastructure [CNBC]

• European Commission Calls for Pirate Site Blocking Around the Globe [Torrent Freak]

• Public Agenda: NASA Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena Independent Study Team Public Meeting [NASA (PDF)]

• 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

How Did The Universe Begin? | History of the Universe

The Level1 Show May 24 2023: PvEvaporated | Level1 Techs

Dial Up Still Exists - DTNS 4527 | Daily Tech News Show

Another New Spinosaur Has Been Discovered | 7 Days of Science

The Mistake That Got So Many CIA Agents Killed in China🎙Darknet Diaries Ep. 75: Compromised Comms

Supernova of the Decade Is Here! Star Just Exploded in Pinwheel Galaxy | Antov Petrov

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 24 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 24th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 456 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 455: Russian authorities ended the “counterterrorism” operation in Belgorod Oblast [Euromaiden Press]

• Wagner chief says 20,000 of its troops killed in Bakhmut battle [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine shoots down 36 drones in overnight Russian attacks [TVP World]

• Ukraine updates: F-16 training begins in Poland, EU says [DW News]

• 🔴Liveblog: Wagner group begins transferring Bakhmut positions to Russian army [France 24]

• Belgorod: Russian paramilitary group vows more incursions [BBC News]

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

Video Footage of Drone Boat Attacking Russian Naval Ship Ivan Khurs North of the Bosphorus Strait | Suchomimus

Russian border attack: Belgorod fighters say no losses | Al Jazeera

Boris Johnson goes on a trip to Texas to convince Republicans to help Ukraine | Frank Umbach | TVP World

The other war: Ukraine's enduring battle against corruption | DW News

Russia will react 'extremely harshly' to further attacks, defence minister says | FRANCE 24

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

Douglas Macgregor - A Real Battle in Bakhmut | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor

• EU wants to send profits from frozen Russian assets to Ukraine – FT [Russia Today]

• S-350 Vityaz vs. USA's Patriot: Superiority is obvious [Pravda]

• NATO uses crisis in Ukraine to build up combat capabilities in Europe — Shoigu [TASS Russian News Agency]

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On This Day

May 25 is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 220 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)

567 BC – Servius Tullius, the king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victory over the Etruscans.
240 BC – First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1085 – Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo, Spain, back from the Moors.
1420 – Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ.
1521 – The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw.
1644 – Ming general Wu Sangui forms an alliance with the invading Manchus and opens the gates of the Great Wall of China at Shanhaiguan pass, letting the Manchus through towards the capital Beijing.
1659 – Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, beginning a second brief period of the republican government called the Commonwealth of England.
1660 – Charles II lands at Dover at the invitation of the Convention Parliament, which marks the end of the Cromwell-proclaimed Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland and begins the Restoration of the British monarchy.
1720 - The Ship "Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, bringing Europe's last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000
1738 – A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
1787 – After a delay of 11 days, the United States Constitutional Convention formally convenes in Philadelphia after a quorum of seven states is secured.
1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Battle of Carlow begins; executions of suspected rebels at Carnew and at Dunlavin Green take place.
1809 – Chuquisaca Revolution: Patriot revolt in Chuquisaca (modern-day Sucre) against the Spanish Empire, sparking the Latin American wars of independence.
1810 – May Revolution: Citizens of Buenos Aires expel Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros during the "May Week", starting the Argentine War of Independence.
1819 – The Argentine Constitution of 1819 is promulgated.
1833 – The Chilean Constitution of 1833 is promulgated.
1865 – In Mobile, Alabama, around 300 people are killed when an ordnance depot explodes.
1878 – Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London.
1895 – Playwright, poet and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison.
1895 – The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Jingsong as its president.
1914 – The House of Commons of the United Kingdom passes the Home Rule Bill for devolution in Ireland.
1925 – Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching human evolution in Tennessee.
1926 – Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the government of the Ukrainian People's Republic, which is in government-in-exile in Paris.
1935 – Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1938 – Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante kills 313 people.
1940 – World War II: The German 2nd Panzer Division captures the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer; the surrender of the last French and British troops marks the end of the Battle of Boulogne.
1946 – The parliament of Transjordan makes Abdullah I of Jordan their Emir.
1953 – Nuclear weapons testing: At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conducts its first and only nuclear artillery test.
1953 – The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston.
1955 – In the United States, a night-time F5 tornado strikes the small city of Udall, Kansas, killing 80 and injuring 273. It is the deadliest tornado to ever occur in the state and the 23rd deadliest in the U.S.
1955 – First ascent of Mount Kangchenjunga: On the British Kangchenjunga expedition led by Charles Evans, Joe Brown and George Band reach the summit of the third-highest mountain in the world (8,586 meters); Norman Hardie and Tony Streather join them the following day.
1961 – Apollo program: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces, before a special joint session of the U.S. Congress, his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the Moon" before the end of the decade.
1963 – The Organisation of African Unity is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1966 – Explorer program: Explorer 32 launches.
1968 – The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is dedicated.
1973 – In protest against the dictatorship in Greece, the captain and crew on Greek naval destroyer Velos mutiny and refuse to return to Greece, instead anchoring at Fiumicino, Italy.
1977 – Star Wars (retroactively titled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) is released in theaters.
1977 – The Chinese government removes a decade-old ban on William Shakespeare's work, effectively ending the Cultural Revolution started in 1966.
1978 – The first of a series of bombings orchestrated by the Unabomber detonates at Northwestern University resulting in minor injuries.
1979 – John Spenkelink, a convicted murderer, is executed in Florida; he is the first person to be executed in the state after the reintroduction of capital punishment in 1976.
1979 – American Airlines Flight 191: A McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashes during takeoff at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, killing all 271 on board and two people on the ground.
1981 – In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
1982 – Falklands War: HMS Coventry is sunk by Argentine Air Force A-4 Skyhawks.
1985 – Bangladesh is hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge, which kills approximately 10,000 people.
1986 – The Hands Across America event takes place.
1997 – A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koroma.
1999 – The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.
2000 – Liberation Day of Lebanon: Israel withdraws its army from Lebanese territory (with the exception of the disputed Shebaa farms zone) 18 years after the invasion of 1982.
2001 – Erik Weihenmayer becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in the Himalayas, with Dr. Sherman Bull.
2002 – China Airlines Flight 611 disintegrates in mid-air and crashes into the Taiwan Strait, with the loss of all 225 people on board.
2008 – NASA's Phoenix lander touches down in the Green Valley region of Mars to search for environments suitable for water and microbial life.
2009 – North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device, after which Pyongyang also conducts several missile tests, building tensions in the international community.
2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her 25-year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
2012 – The SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous and berth with the International Space Station.
2013 – Suspected Maoist rebels kill at least 28 people and injure 32 others in an attack on a convoy of Indian National Congress politicians in Chhattisgarh, India.
2013 – A gas cylinder explodes on a school bus in the Pakistani city of Gujrat, killing at least 18 people.
2014 - Petro Poroshenko is elected President of Ukraine
2018 – The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable in the European Union.
2018 – Ireland votes to repeal the Eighth Amendment of their constitution that prohibits abortion in all but a few cases, choosing to replace it with the Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland.
2019 - Tornado tears through El Reno, Oklahoma. killing two and injuring dozens
2020 - Video of African American George Floyd's arrest and murder while restrained in Minneapolis police custody shows he was pinned to the ground by police officer Derek Chauvin's knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, ignites widespread condemnation and nationwide protests
2021 - US CDC says half of all US adults are now fully vaccinated, with 61% having had their first shot

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Published at 6:00am on Thursday, May 25, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

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