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Monday, September 18, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, September 18, 2023

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night

Franklin Area


Widespread fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 8 mph by midmorning.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


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

Tuesday Night

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


Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.

`Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph by midmorning.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the south around 5 mph shifting to come out of the northeast after midnight.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Widespread fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


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.

Tuesday Night

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


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.

Nantahala Area


Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

The fog may become dense in some locations, especially in the mountain river valleys and near bodies of water. Visibility could be reduced to less than one-quarter mile at times through daybreak and a Dense Fog Advisory may be needed. The fog will lift quickly through mid-morning.

Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather

Massive Filament Launch Brings Earth-directed Solar Storm | Informal Forecast 16 September 2023

Back to Top • The Atlantic hurricane season has begun: What we know and what we don’t [ARS TECHNICA]

• August 17, 2023) NOAA doubles the chances for a nasty Atlantic hurricane season due to hot ocean, tardy El Nino [AP News]


• 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 Mon Sep 18 2023

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

Active Systems:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Nigel, located over the central subtropical Atlantic.

1. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa by Wednesday. Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for gradual development of the wave thereafter, and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week or this weekend while the system moves westward across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...high...70 percent.

2. Western Atlantic:
A non-tropical area of low pressure is forecast to form near the southeastern coast of the United States late this week. This system could acquire some subtropical characteristics this weekend if it remains offshore while it moves slowly northward or northwestward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...low...30 percent.

Atlantic Remains Very Busy with Lee, Margo and TD 15 (September 15th, 2023) | hurricanetrack

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PM2.5 AQI is 40 (GOOD/CODE GREEN) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 40 (GOOD/CODE GREEN)

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.0 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Grasses, and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (7.6 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 18th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlandsin 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.83 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1975
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)

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

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on 09-04-1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on 09-30-1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on09-29-1964
Greatest Snowfall snowfall has not been recorded during August in Macon County)

Record Weather Events for September 18th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 106°F in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1931
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Marion, Mcdowell County in 2000
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.82 inches in Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County in 1928
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872)

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of September Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 108°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County on 09-25-1921
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 21.00 inches in Wilmington, New Hanover County on 09-17-2018
Greatest Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded during August in the state)

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Macon Calendar
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Saturdays in August from 11am to 1pm

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

8/26/23—Zip Robertson—A Singer/Songwriter who’s journeyed from Ky to FL & up to Western NC bringing us lucky listeners acoustic music to touch our hearts. Welcome Zip!

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!

Monday, Sept 11th 8:30am to 9:30am

9/11 Remembrance

Join us for "9/11Remembrance" Monday September 11th (Franklin, NC Town Square 8:30am) as we honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We will remember those who gave their lives to save others or lost their lives from this terrorist attack.

Chief Devin Holland of Franklin Police Department & Chief Ben Ormond of Franklin Fire & Rescue and other special guests will read the time frame of the attacks of Tuesday September 11, 2001.

Various special guests will join the event in remembering and reminding the guests of the event to "Never Forget." We will have a moment of silent at the end of the program to honor those lives lost on September 11, 2001 and celebrate their lives on "Patriot Day" through music and prayer.

Mountain Findings
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.

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Local and State News

Macon County Board of Commissioners (September 2023) | Macon Media

• NC Republicans unveil legislation authorizing 4 new casinos. Read the bill here. [Raleigh News and Observer ]

• How they voted: NC congressional votes for the week ending Sept. 14 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Final weekend of 2023 NC Mountain State Fair pushes overall attendance to near-record crowds [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC) ]

• Coming Soon: The broad-winged hawk migration [Smoky Mountain News]

---Recent News Recap--- North Carolina Budget Talks Fall Apart Over Casinos | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)

• Republican state lawmakers want greater public access to confidential voting records [BPR]

• Constitutional sheriffs event brings few sheriffs [Smoky Mountain News]

• She’s 25, idealistic, and believes she has the formula to win North Carolina for Joe Biden [Politico]

• Cherokee's budding medical marijuana operation sparks legal concerns, doctor hesitation [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• NC Republicans talk Mark Robinson, electability, in first gubernatorial debate [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]


• 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

UAW president Shawn Fain says 21% pay hike offered by Chrysler parent Stellantis is a “no-go” | Face the Nation

Why Top Investors Are Betting Against The USA | Economics Explained

• Rural hospitals are closing maternity wards. People are seeking options to give birth closer to home [East Idaho News]

• How UAW Tossed Its Old Playbook and Pursued a Surprise-Attack Strike Strategy [Wall Street Journal]

• ‘A real big deal’: Biden backs economic corridor as shifting geopolitical alliances fragment the global economy [CNBC]

• Tens of thousands march to kick off climate summit, demanding end to warming-causing fossil fuels [AP News]

• Trump says it was his decision to describe the 2020 election as ‘rigged’ “You know who I listen to? Myself,” Trump said during an interview on NBC [Politico]

International News Headlines

How the Rich Ate Moldova | Asianometry

Rearmament: How Japan Plans to Become a Military Superpower | Warographics

• Libya flooding: Landmines pose new threat, death toll rises [DW News]

• Taiwan aims to launch small satellite into space by 2030 [Taiwan News]

• Mahsa Amini: Protesters mark one year since death of Iranian student [BBC News]

• White House adviser Jake Sullivan holds ‘candid’ talks with top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi [South China Morning Post]

• Taiwan detects 103 Chinese warplanes near island in ‘recent high’ [Hindustan Times]

Meet the Press full broadcast – Sept. 17 | NBC News

Face The Nation: Turner, Warner, Penn | Face the Nation

Global National: Sept. 17, 2023 | Political instability creates difficulties for aid crews in Libya

Nightly News Full Broadcast - Sept. 17th NBC News

PBS NewsHour full episode, (September 17, 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 12:20pm CEST, 30 August 2023, there have been 103,436,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,127,152 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 June 2023, a total of 668,882,018 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 12:20pm CEST, 30 August 2023, there have been 770,085,713 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,956,173 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 27 August 2023, a total of 13,499,983,736 vaccine doses have been administered.

COVID TWiV 1045: Less Lassa, CRISPR RNA viruses | Microbe TV

• Bashing covid boosters, DeSantis contrasts with Trump and worries experts [Washington Post]

• WHO chief pushes China for ‘full access’ to determine COVID’s origins, Financial Times reports [Reuters]

• Genetic tracing of market wildlife and viruses at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic [BioRxiv (PDF)]

• TWiV 1044: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 1045: Less Lassa, CRISPR RNA viruses [Microbe TV]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• The Sky This Week from September 15 to 22: Neptune reaches opposition [Astronomy Magazine]

• Scientists call fraud on supposed extraterrestrials presented to Mexican Congress [AP News]

Clouds Of Copper, The Moon and Balloons: The Pre-History Of Communications Satellites | Scott Manley

Astrobotany and the Search for Alien Plants | John Michael Godier

• Intellectual disability more common in families with substance use disorder [Karolinska Institutet ]

• Actor Stephen Fry says his voice was stolen from the Harry Potter audiobooks and replicated by AI—and warns this is just the beginning [Fortune]

• Amazon demands 30% share of ad revenue from TV networks’ apps [BroadbandTV News]

• Google extends Chromebook lifespan to ten years [ZDNET]

• DeepMind’s cofounder: Generative AI is just a phase. What’s next is interactive AI. [Technology Review]

• 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: Addendum EP26 Dig This! | 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 Fermi Paradox: Fallen Empires (9th Anniversary Episode) | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur

Walter Isaacson: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Einstein, Da Vinci & Ben Franklin | Lex Fridman Podcast #395

Close-up Ignition of a Rocket Engine in Slow Mo | The Slow Mo Guys

Ship 25 Waits for the Green Light | SpaceX Boca Chica | NASASpaceflight

Orange Pi 3B: Low-cost M.2 ARM SBC | Explaining Computers

SpaceX Starship 25 is gone, but why!? Plus New FAA Flight 2 Target Revealed! | Marcus House

ROBOFORMING: The Future of Metalworking? (I Had NO IDEA This Was Possible) | Smarter Every Day 290

Strange Dark Matter Discoveries: Weird Blobs, Failed Galaxies and Haloes | 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 Defence Production 2023 - Can Russia keep up with equipment attrition in Ukraine? | Perun

Volodymyr Zelenskyy's full 2023 60 Minutes interview in Ukrainian (click "CC" for English translation or see link below) | CBS News 60 Minutes

• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy: The 2023 60 Minutes Interview transcript [CBS News 60 Minutes]

• Ukraine liveblog updates: Russia repels drone attack on Crimea [DW News]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 572 [Al Jazeera]

• War in Ukraine: Is the counter-offensive making progress? [BBC News]

• AS IT HAPPENED: First two cargo ships arrive in Ukrainian port since Moscow’s exit from grain deal [FrNCE 24]

Storm shadow missiles wreak havoc and interview with John Kirby | Ukraine: The Latest Podcast

🔴 (redacted) Combat Footage Show: Boats and Subs, Forking Drones, Captured Towns| Funker530 Combate Footage Show

Born on the day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine | Focus on Europe | DW News

A pivotal moment in Putin’s war | Ukraine: The Latest Video Special from Washington DC | The Telegraph (UK)

Helmet camera video shows Ukrainian forces liberating village | CNN

News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or articles/video about those who support Russia

Col Douglas Macgregor: We Don't Want War With Russia | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor

• Ukraine could have avoided conflict – Trump [Russia Today]

• Germany to transfer 500-km Taurus missiles to Ukraine. US to supply ATACMS [Pravda]

• Support for Ukraine in US Congress 'remains very strong,' John Kirby claims Only a "small group of very vocal, very right-wing Republicans" continue to resist additional support for Ukraine, the US official says [TASS Russian News Agency]


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On This Day

September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 104 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)

96 – Domitian, who has been conducting a reign of terror for the past three years, is assassinated as a result of a plot by his wife Domitia and two Praetorian prefects.

96 – Nerva is proclaimed Roman emperor after Domitian is assassinated.

324 – Constantine the Great decisively defeats Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantine's sole control over the Roman Empire.

1048 – Battle of Kapetron between a combined Byzantine-Georgian army and a Seljuq army.

1066 – Norwegian king Harald Hardrada lands with Tostig Godwinson at the mouth of the Humber River and begins his invasion of England.

1180 – Philip Augustus becomes king of France at the age of fifteen.

1454 – Thirteen Years' War: In the Battle of Chojnice, the Polish army is defeated by the Teutonic knights.

1544 – The expedition of Juan Bautista Pastene makes landfall in San Pedro Bay, southern Chile, claiming the territory for Spain.

1618 – The twelfth baktun in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar begins.

1714 – George I arrives in Great Britain after becoming king on August 1.

1739 – The Treaty of Belgrade is signed, whereby Austria cedes lands south of the Sava and Danube rivers to the Ottoman Empire.

1759 – French and Indian War: The Articles of Capitulation of Quebec are signed.

1793 – The first cornerstone of the United States Capitol is laid by George Washington.

1809 – The Royal Opera House in London opens.

1810 – First Government Junta in Chile. Though supposed to rule only during the Peninsular War in Spain, it is in fact the first step towards independence from Spain, and is commemorated as such.

1812 – The 1812 Fire of Moscow dies down after destroying more than three-quarters of the city. Napoleon returns from the Petrovsky Palace to the Moscow Kremlin, spared from the fire.

1837 – Tiffany & Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The store is called a "stationery and fancy goods emporium".

1838 – The Anti-Corn Law League is established by Richard Cobden.

1850 – The U.S. Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.

1851 – First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becomes The New York Times.

1862 – The Confederate States celebrate for the first and only time a Thanksgiving Day.

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chickamauga begins between Confederate and Union forces. It involves the second highest amount of casualties for any American Civil War battle apart from Gettysburg.

1864 – American Civil War: John Bell Hood begins the Franklin–Nashville Campaign in an unsuccessful attempt to draw William Tecumseh Sherman back out of Georgia.

1870 – Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn.

1872 – King Oscar II accedes to the throne of Sweden–Norway.

1873 – The bank Jay Cooke & Company declares bankruptcy, contributing to the Panic of 1873.

1879 – The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time.

1882 – The Pacific Stock Exchange opens.

1895 – The Atlanta Exposition Speech on race relations is delivered by Booker T. Washington.

1898 – The Fashoda Incident, a territorial dispute between Britain and France, triggers a war scare.

1906 – The 1906 Hong Kong typhoon kills an estimated 10,000 people.

1914 – The Irish Home Rule Act becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I.

1919 – Fritz Pollard becomes the first African American to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Pros.

1922 – The Kingdom of Hungary is admitted to the League of Nations.

1927 – The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air.

1928 – Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel.

1931 – Imperial Japan instigates the Mukden Incident as a pretext to invade and occupy Manchuria.

1934 – The Soviet Union is admitted to the League of Nations.

1939 – World War II: The Polish government of Ignacy Mościcki flees to Romania.

1939 – World War II: The radio show Germany Calling begins transmitting Nazi propaganda.

1940 – World War II: The British liner SS City of Benares is sunk by German submarine U-48; those killed include 77 child refugees.

1943 – World War II: Adolf Hitler orders the deportation of Danish Jews.

1944 – World War II: The British submarine HMS Tradewind torpedoes Jun'yō Maru, killing 5,600, mostly slave labourers and POWs.

1944 – World War II: The Battle of Arracourt begins.

1945 – General Douglas MacArthur moves his general headquarters from Manila to Tokyo.

1947 – The National Security Act reorganizes the United States government's military and intelligence services.

1948 – Operation Polo is terminated after the Indian Army accepts the surrender of the army of Hyderabad.

1948 – Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate without completing another senator's term.

1954 – Finnish president J. K. Paasikivi becomes the first Western Head of State to be awarded the highest honor of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin.

1960 – Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations.

1961 – U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in an air crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

1962 – Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Trinidad and Tobago are admitted to the United Nations.

1973 – The Bahamas, East Germany and West Germany are admitted to the United Nations.

1974 – Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, killing 5,000 people.

1977 – Voyager I takes the first distant photograph of the Earth and the Moon together.

1980 – Soyuz 38 carries two cosmonauts (including one Cuban) to the Salyut 6 space station.

1981 – The Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.

1982 – The Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon comes to an end.

1984 – Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic.

1988 – The 8888 Uprising in Myanmar comes to an end.

1990 – Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations.

1992 – An explosion rocks Giant Mine at the height of a labor dispute, killing nine replacement workers in Yellowknife, Canada.

1997 – United States media magnate Ted Turner donates US$1 billion to the United Nations.

1997 – The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention is adopted.

2001 – First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

2007 – Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some call the Saffron Revolution.

2011 – The 2011 Sikkim earthquake is felt across northeastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and southern Tibet.

2012 – Greater Manchester Police officers PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone are murdered in a gun and grenade ambush attack in Greater Manchester, England.

2014 – Scotland votes against independence from the United Kingdom, by 55% to 45%.

2015 – Two security personnel, 17 worshippers in a mosque, and 13 militants are killed during a Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan attack on a Pakistan Air Force base on the outskirts of Peshawar.

2016 – The 2016 Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir, India by terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed results in the deaths of nineteen Indian Army soldiers and all four attackers.

2021 – A ferry capsized in China's southern Guizhou province due to bad weather killing ten people and five missing.
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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, September 14, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

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