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On This Day

  • A Dutch expedition led by Abel Tasman reached present-day Tasmania, Australia.
  • On the Origin of Species by British naturalist Charles Darwin was first published, and sold out its initial print run on the first day.
  • A local newspaper accused members of two teams of conspiring to deliberately lose games, the first major scandal in American football.
  • The influential television programme That Was the Week That Was, a significant element of the British satire boom, was first broadcast.
  • A group of paleoanthropologists discovered a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis in the Afar Depression in Ethiopia, nicknaming it "Lucy" (reconstruction pictured).

Audio content relating to events that happened on this day in history, according to Wikipedia.

In the News

  • In motor racing, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins the Formula One championship.
  • Opposition candidate Klaus Iohannis is elected President of Romania.
  • The 9th G-20 summit concludes in Brisbane, following discussions focusing primarily on economic issues.
  • With world leaders from 21 Pacific Rim countries attending, the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting concludes in Beijing.
  • The Philae lander, deployed from the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, reaches the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
  • In Mexico City, thousands protest the disappearance of 43 students after the discovery of mass graves.

Audio content relating to news items featured on the front page of Wikipedia today.