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On This Day

  • Ottoman wars in Europe: Ottoman forces under Bayezid I defeated a Christian alliance led by Sigismund of Hungary in the Battle of Nicopolis near present-day Nikopol, Bulgaria.
  • Ethan Allen and a small force of American and Quebec militia failed in their attempt to capture Montreal from British forces.
  • An explosion of badly degraded propellant charges on board the French battleship Liberté detonated the forward ammunition magazines and destroyed the ship.
  • The North Yemen Civil War began when Abdullah as-Sallal dethroned the newly crowned Imam al-Badr and declared Yemen a republic under his presidency.
  • The last Magdalene asylum, an Irish institution to rehabilitate so-called "fallen women", was closed.

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

In the News

  • Yahoo! confirms that hackers infiltrated its network in late 2014 and stole information associated with at least 500 million user accounts – the largest data breach reported to date.
  • In rugby union, the Rugby Championship is won by New Zealand (captain Kieran Read pictured).
  • Typhoon Meranti affects China, Taiwan and the Philippines, causing at least 30 deaths.
  • The Chess Olympiad concludes with the United States winning the open event and China the women's event.
  • The wreck of HMS Terror, last seen in 1845 while on Franklin's lost expedition, is found off the southwest coast of King William Island, in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

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