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On This Day

  • The Dutch sailing ship Eendracht reached Shark Bay on the western coastline of Australia, as documented on the Hartog Plate etched by explorer Dirk Hartog.
  • Crimean War: Lord Cardigan led his cavalry to disaster in the Battle of Balaclava.
  • The Zinoviev letter, later found to be a forgery, was published in the Daily Mail, helping to ensure the British Labour Party's defeat in the UK general election four days later.
  • Heinrich Himmler ordered a crackdown on the Edelweiss Pirates, a nonconformist youth group that assisted army deserters and others hiding from the Nazis.
  • Windows XP, one of the most popular and widely used versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, was released.

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

In the News

  • A soldier is shot dead at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, and shots are fired in the Centre Block Parliament building.
  • Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege is awarded the Sakharov Prize for helping victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Comet Siding Spring makes a very close approach to Mars and is observed by means of surface rovers and satellites.
  • At least 43 people are killed in Nepal's worst snowstorm disaster around the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
  • Jean Tirole is awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of market power and regulation.
  • Cyclone Hudhud strikes India and Nepal, killing at least 96 people.

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