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Friday, May 26, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, May 26, 2023

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Expect an increase in moisture going into the weekend along with much cooler temperatures as an upper low interacts with a coastal cyclone that will move inland over the Carolinas. The upper low will linger over our region into early next week keeping our weather wet along with breezy conditions. The low is forecast to gradually move off the Carolina coast toward mid week with temperatures warming to near normal for this time of year.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night

Franklin Area


Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 10 mph. New rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.


Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.
Highlands Plateau


Mostly sunny, with highs near 69. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northeast 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rain amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.


Showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of rain is 60%.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable before midnight.


A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph. New rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.


Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.

Nantahala Area


Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the west. Chance of rain is 20%.


Isolated showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 20%.


A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 5 mph. New rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.


Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.

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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 Fri May 26 2023

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

1. Southwestern Atlantic:
A frontal boundary and trough of low pressure are producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms off the coast of the southeastern United States. A non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to form along the frontal boundary by tonight. 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 late Saturday or Sunday.

Regardless of subtropical development, the system is likely to produce gusty winds, dangerous surf, and rip current conditions along portions of the southeastern United States through the weekend. Heavy rainfall is expected in portions of the Carolinas and Virginia during the next few days. Hazardous marine conditions are also expected over the coastal and offshore waters where gale and storm 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...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...low...10 percent.

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PM2.5 AQI is 51 (MODERATE/CODE YELLOW) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 51 (MODERATE/CODE YELLOW)

Fire and Smoke Map
Today's Air Quality Conditions

Fine particulate readings in the Code Yellow range are being observed over the western half of the state with Code Green readings over the eastern half. Ozone readings in the Code Yellow range are being observed over Fayetteville, in/around Charlotte, and over the Mountains.

General Forecast Discussion

Partly sunny and cool weather is expected to continue tomorrow with increasing clouds developing late owing to an approaching surface low from the Florida coast. Ozone readings should remain generally muted and in the Code Green range statewide tomorrow. Fine particulates may remain stubbornly elevated in the Code Yellow range over the western half of the state with Code Green conditions to the east.


Widespread clouds and rain -- heavy at times -- are expected to build from the coast westward towards the Mountains Saturday into Sunday. This unsettled, windy and cold weather will keep ozone and fine particulates in the low/mid-Code Green range statewide this weekend.

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (6.8 out of 12) today with Grasses, Mulberry, and Poplar being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (4.6 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for May 26th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2019
Lowest Temperature 30°F in Highlands in 1988
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.28 inches in Highlands in 1986
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 26th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 107°F in Aurora, Beaufort County in 2011
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1925
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.02 inches in Tryon, Polk County in 1959
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.3 inches on Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1979

(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

Second Minor Earthquake in 48 Hours Strikes Haywood County [Macon Media]

Surgeon General Issues New Advisory About Effects Social Media Use Has on Youth Mental Health [Macon Media]

After controversial comments, two GOP lawmakers no longer have leadership roles [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

2 NC cities have among the highest STD rates in the country. See the full list [Raleigh News and Observer]

EBCI Tribal Council to consider ballot question to legalize cannabis plus forensic audit [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

The Light FM Prayed at the Last Whistle Blow in Canton
• 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

Biden, McCarthy appear close to a debt deal | Reuters

• Social Security benefits for oldest and poorest could be first at risk in debt default, expert says [CNBC]

• Oath Keepers founder sentenced to 18 years in Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy case [NBC News]

• Man arrested after car crashes into Downing Street gates [BBC News]

• Ukrainian President Zelenskyy surprises Johns Hopkins grads as commencement speaker [Ba;timore Banner]

• A Texas high school had to move its graduation because only 5 students were reportedly eligible to graduate [CBS News]

2024 Election Mini-Section
The view expressed in any of these articles are not endorsements. They are presented for informational purposes. “...wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.” --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, an excerpt from a letter written in Paris on January 8, 1789. [SOURCE]

• Twitter Will Keep Using Spaces as a Forum for Politics After DeSantis Campaign Launch [Bloomberg]

• DeSantis Smacks Back At Trump Covid Attacks on Glenn Beck Show: ‘He Turned Over The Country to Fauci’ [MEDIAITE]

• DeSantis dismisses climate change, calling it ‘politicisation of weather’ [Independent (United Kingdom)]

• Trump workers moved Mar-a-Lago boxes a day before FBI came for documents [Washington Post]

• RFK, Jr. says he 'can't wait' to join Elon Musk on Twitter after offer that all candidates are 'most welcome' [Fox News]

Washington Today (5-25-23): Debt limit talks continue as House adjourns for holiday weekend | C-SPAN

Global National: May 25, 2023 | Uncertainty predicted for Atlantic hurricane season

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 25

PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 25, 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]

• New superbug-killing antibiotic discovered using AI [BBC News]

• Ancient humans may have paused in Arabia for 30,000 years on their way out of Africa [The Conversation]

• Whistleblower Drops 100 Gigabytes Of Tesla Secrets To German News Site: Report [Jalopnik]

• The Slaughter of the Bison and Reversal of Fortunes on the Great Plains [The Review of Economic Studies]

• Ford EVs will use Tesla charging tech in surprise partnership between rival automakers [CNBC]

• Estimates of Bivalent mRNA Vaccine Durability in Preventing COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization and Critical Illness Among Adults with and Without Immunocompromising Conditions — VISION Network, September 2022–April 2023 [Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)]

• Twitter Will Keep Using Spaces as a Forum for Politics After DeSantis Campaign Launch [Bloomberg]

• China is supersizing its rocket industry – and it’s coming for Starlink [South China Morning post]

• 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

Protecting Your Kids On Social Media | TWiT TV

The Level1 Show May 26 2023: Forbidden Sauces | Level1 Techs

Keeping the “Human” in HR - DTNS 4528 | Daily Tech News Show

SpaceX Aces Booster Landing, Virgin Orbit Bankrupt & ESA's Commercial Plan -This Week In Spaceflight

The Fastest Maze-Solving Competition On Earth | Veritasium

🌎 SIMULATED Journey from EARTH to the END of the UNIVERSE ✨ | MetaBallStudios

Europe’s Semiconductor Policies in the 1970s and 1980s | Asianometry

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 25 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 23rd]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 457 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 456: US approves NASAMS system sale to Ukraine [Euromaiden Press]

• Wagner Group financier offers Russia to follow North Korea's path in order to not lose the country [Yahoo News]

• US says Russia cannot win in Ukraine, Moscow sees long war ahead [Al Jazeera]

• Dutch prosecutors seize property linked to Putin’s son-in-law [TVP World]

• President Steinmeier's Romania visit signals closening ties [DW News]

• Russia has begun moving tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus, Lukashenko says [France 24]

• Putin's nuclear doom for Ukraine? First deployment outside Russia since fall of the USSR [WION News]

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

Where will the next great battle of Ukraine be fought? | DW News

Russian SU-34 Jets Conduct Low Level Airstrikes On Russia Volunteer Corps In Belgorod | Warleaks

Ukrainians are moving to encircle Bakhmut | Military Mind | TVP World

Ukraine war: Wagner says Bakhmut transfer to Russian army under way | BBC News

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

• Kiev regime must cease to exist – ex-Russian president [Russia Today]

• Kyiv may explode spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Kharkiv [Pravda]

• Japan expands its anti-Russian sanctions, adding 24 individuals and 78 organizations [TASS Russian News Agency]

On This Day

May 26 is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 219 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)

17 – Germanicus celebrates a triumph in Rome for his victories over the Cherusci, Chatti, and other German tribes west of the Elbe.
451 – Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sasanian Empire takes place. The Sasanids defeat the Armenians militarily but guarantee them freedom to openly practice Christianity.
946 – King Edmund I of England is murdered by a thief whom he personally attacks while celebrating St Augustine's Mass Day.
961 – King Otto I elects his six-year-old son Otto II as heir apparent and co-ruler of the East Frankish Kingdom. He is crowned at Aachen, and placed under the tutelage of his grandmother Matilda.
1135 – Alfonso VII of León and Castile is crowned in León Cathedral as Imperator totius Hispaniae (Emperor of all of Spain).
1293 – An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 23,000.
1328 – William of Ockham, the Franciscan Minister-General Michael of Cesena, and two other Franciscan leaders secretly leave Avignon, fearing a death sentence from Pope John XXII.
1538 – Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
1573 – The Battle of Haarlemmermeer, a naval engagement in the Dutch War of Independence.
1637 – Pequot War: A combined English and Mohegan force under John Mason attacks a village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Pequots.
1644 – Portuguese Restoration War: Portuguese and Spanish forces both claim victory in the Battle of Montijo.
1736 – The Battle of Ackia is fought near the present site of Tupelo, Mississippi. British and Chickasaw soldiers repel a French and Choctaw attack on the then-Chickasaw village of Ackia.
1783 – A Great Jubilee Day held at North Stratford, Connecticut, celebrates the end of fighting in the American Revolution.
1805 – Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in Milan Cathedral, the gothic cathedral in Milan.
1821 – Establishment of the Peloponnesian Senate by the Greek rebels.
1822 – At least 113 people die in the Grue Church fire, the biggest fire disaster in Norway's history.
1857 – Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners.
1864 – Montana is organized as a United States territory.
1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last full general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
1868 – The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson ends with his acquittal by one vote.
1869 – Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1879 – Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.
1896 – Nicholas II is crowned as the last Tsar of Imperial Russia.
1896 – Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
1897 – Dracula, a Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, is published.
1897 – The original manuscript of William Bradford's history, Of Plymouth Plantation, is returned to the Governor of Massachusetts by the Bishop of London after being taken during the American Revolutionary War.
1900 – Thousand Days' War: The Colombian Conservative Party turns the tide of war in their favor with victory against the Colombian Liberal Party in the Battle of Palonegro.
1908 – The first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made at Masjed Soleyman in southwest Persia. The rights to the resource were quickly acquired by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
1917 – Several powerful tornadoes rip through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon.
1918 – The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.
1923 – The first 24 Hours of Le Mans is held and has since been run annually in June.
1927 – The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.
1936 – In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson begins speaking on the Appropriation bill. By the time he sits down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for ten hours.
1937 – Walter Reuther and members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) clash with Ford Motor Company security guards at the River Rouge Complex complex in Dearborn, Michigan, during the Battle of the Overpass.
1938 – In the United States, the House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.
1940 – World War II: Operation Dynamo: In northern France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.
1940 – World War II: The Siege of Calais ends with the surrender of the British and French garrison.
1942 – World War II: The Battle of Gazala takes place.
1948 – The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 80-557, which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
1966 – British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana.
1967 – The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.
1968 – H-dagurinn in Iceland: Traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight.
1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first crewed moon landing.
1970 – The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
1971 – Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army slaughters at least 71 Hindus in Burunga, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
1972 – The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
1981 – Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
1981 – An EA-6B Prowler crashes on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, killing 14 crewmen and injuring 45 others.
1983 – The 7.8 Mw  Sea of Japan earthquake shakes northern Honshu with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). A destructive tsunami is generated that leaves about 100 people dead.
1986 – The European Community adopts the European flag.
1991 – Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
1991 – Lauda Air Flight 004 breaks apart in mid-air and crashes in the Phu Toei National Park in the Suphan Buri Province of Thailand, killing all 223 people on board.
1998 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in New Jersey v. New York that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
1998 – The first "National Sorry Day" is held in Australia. Reconciliation events are held nationally, and attended by over a million people.
1998 – A MIAT Mongolian Airlines Harbin Y-12 crashes near Erdenet, Orkhon Province, Mongolia, resulting in 28 deaths.
2002 – The tugboat Robert Y. Love collides with a support pier of Interstate 40 on the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, resulting in 14 deaths and 11 others injured.
2004 – United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
2008 – Severe flooding begins in eastern and southern China that will ultimately cause 148 deaths and force the evacuation of 1.3 million.
2020 – Protests triggered by the murder of George Floyd erupt in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, before becoming widespread across the United States and around the world.
2021 – Ten people are killed in a shooting at a VTA rail yard in San Jose, California, United States.

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Published at 5:00am on Friday, May 26, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

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