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On This Day

  • Muslim conquest of Transoxiana: Turgesh tribes attacked the exposed Umayyad baggage train, which had been sent ahead of the main force, and captured it.
  • The Vulcan Street Plant, the first hydroelectric central station to serve a system of private and commercial customers in North America, went on line in Appleton, Wisconsin, US.
  • World War II: General Władysław Sikorski became Prime Minister of the Polish government-in-exile.
  • Construction of the Kwun Tong Line, the first line of Hong Kong's MTR rapid transit system, was completed.
  • Japanese researchers took the first photographs of a live giant squid in its natural habitat.

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

In the News

  • In golf, Europe wins the Ryder Cup.
  • At the Berlin Marathon, Dennis Kimetto of Kenya sets a new marathon world record with a time of 2:02:57.
  • In Japan, Mount Ontake erupts, and the bodies of at least 31 hikers are found.
  • The NASA probe MAVEN and the ISRO probe Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first interplanetary craft, both enter orbit around Mars.
  • The National Party, led by John Key, wins a majority in the New Zealand general election.
  • Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group raises US$25 billion on the New York Stock Exchange, in the largest ever initial public offering.

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