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On This Day

  • British forces led by William Howe defeated the American Continental Army under George Washington at the Battle of Long Island, the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War.
  • Napoleonic Wars: The French Navy defeated the Royal Navy, preventing them from taking the harbour of Grand Port on Île de la Passe.
  • Five Canadian women filed a petition to ask the Supreme Court of Canada, "Does the word 'Persons' in Section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, include female persons," to which the court eventually replied that it does not.
  • South Vietnamese junta leader Nguyễn Khánh entered into a triumvirate power-sharing arrangement with rival generals Trần Thiện Khiêm and Dương Văn Minh, who had both been involved in plots to unseat Khánh.
  • The planet Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years: 55,758,006 kilometres (34,646,419 mi).

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

In the News

  • At the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Modern Family wins Outstanding Comedy Series and Breaking Bad wins Outstanding Drama Series.
  • A copy of the 1938 Action Comics #1 is auctioned for US$3.2 million, the highest price paid for a single issue of a comic book.
  • Bank of America agrees to pay more than US$16 billion for the sale of risky mortgage-backed securities before the Great Recession.
  • At least 71 people are killed in a series of landslides (damage pictured) in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
  • The 41st Chess Olympiad concludes with China winning the open section and Russia winning the women's section of the tournament.

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