Today in History
Wednesday, September 19

2006The Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.
1997Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria; 53 killed.
1995The ''Washington Post'' and ''The New York Times'' publish the Unabomber's manifesto.
1991Ötzi the Iceman is discovered by German tourists.
1989A terrorist bomb explodes UTA Flight 772 in mid-air above the Tùnùrù Desert, Niger, killing 171.
1985A strong earthquake kills thousands and destroys about 400 buildings in Mexico City.
1985Tipper Gore and other political wives form the Parents Music Resource Center as Frank Zappa and other musicians testify at U.S. Congressional hearings on obscenity in rock music.
1983Saint Kitts and Nevis gains its independence.
1982Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System.
1978The Solomon Islands join the United Nations.
Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

Vincent van Gogh    Factoids
Studies show that mosquitoes prefer biting blondes to brunettes.

Mosquitoes    Factoids
The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived.

Blue Whale    Factoids
Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

Gold    Factoids
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