AUGUST 9TH IS THE INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION OF
THE WORLD'S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.
TODAY IS THE 160TH PUBLISHING ANNIVERSARY OF
HENRY DAVID THOREAU'S WALDEN.
TODAY IS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEN PRESIDENT
RICHARD NIXON RESIGNING FROM OFFICE TO AVOID
PROSECUTION IN THE WATERGATE SCANDAL.
THE LAST "SUPER MOON" CYCLE FOR 2014 IS AUGUST 9-11.
THE ANNUAL PERSEID METEOR SHOW
"PEAKS" BETWEEN AUGUST 11-13.
AUGUST 11TH MARKS THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE (IN)FAMOUS ALCATRAZ PRISON OFFICIALLY OPERATIONAL.
AMONGST EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*Egypt managed to broker a 72 hour cease fire between Israel and Hamas forces, but it didn't last the full 3 days as Hamas resumed their attack, forcing Israel to go back on the defensive.
*A 6.1 earthquake has been reported, with its epicenter in Yunnan, China. Over 580 people have lost their lives with many more injured.
*The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa an International Public Health Emergency, as the death toll has exceeded 900 victims, while Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared a state of emergency in her country over the outbreak.
*President Juan Manuel Santos of Columbia has been sworn in for a second term.
*The Senate of Italy has decided to reduce its size and powers.
*While no known formal charges have been filed, South Korean authorities are looking into a massive water fight that took place in Seoul August
*The European Space Agency's probe Rosetta has reached Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with the intention of an eventual landing upon the comet.
*A dead zone (devoid of all sea life) has been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico reported to be the size of America's state of Connecticut.
*Milly Zantow, the woman who developed the system used today for sorting and recycling plastics, has passed away of natural causes at age 91.
*Noted film director/producer Menaham Golan has taken his final bow.
*Civil unrest continues along the Gaza Strip and in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
BETWEEN THE UKRAINE AND RUSSIA...
*Russia's Dobrolet Airlines has suspended all flights in the wake of current sanctions against the country. In return, Russia has banned a major list of imports from America and the European Union.
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*Hawaii faced Hurricane Iselle, which just passed the island chain without making actual landfall, thus maintaining their recorded history of no hurricane ever actually striking them; while preparing as Tropical Storm Julio draws near.
*The recent death of former President Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide because he died from complications stemming from his 1981 shooting by John Hinckley. There is no word whether or not Hinkley, currently held in a mental institution, will face additional charges.
*In professional basketball, the San Antonio Spurs have hired former WNBA's San Antonio Star's player Becky Hammon to be an assistant coach, making her the first woman coach in any of the predominantly male professional sports.
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