[Daily article] January 23: December 1969 nor’easter

The December 1969 nor’easter was an intense winter storm that most
notably impacted the Northeastern United States and southern Quebec on
December 25–28. The multi-faceted storm system was blamed for at least
20 deaths in the United States and 15 in Canada. After developing over
Texas and spawning several damaging tornadoes in the Deep South, the
cyclone advanced to the Eastern Seaboard, dropping more than 1 ft
(30 cm) of snow as far south as Washington, D.C. The nor’easter
intensified and slowed as it moved into New England, delivering 40
inches (100 cm) of snowfall in some places, with heavy rain near the
coast and a severe ice storm in Vermont and New Hampshire. In Canada,
Montreal received 27.5 in (70 cm) of snow over a period of 60 hours.
Equipment failures and drifts up to 30 ft (9 m) left roadways blocked
for many days throughout the affected region, and some communities
became inaccessible except by snowmobile. The weight of the snow and
ice, combined with gale-force winds, collapsed roofs and brought down
power lines. Ice jams and excessive rainfall created widespread flooding
in eastern New England.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


King Louis IX of France issued the Mise of Amiens, a settlement
between King Henry III of England and barons led by Simon de Montfort
heavily favouring the former, which later led to the Second Barons’ War.


War of the First Coalition: In a rare battle between cavalry
and naval ships, a French Hussar regiment captured a Dutch fleet frozen
at anchor between the port of Den Helder and the island of Texel.


Elizabeth Blackwell received her M.D. from Geneva Medical
College in New York, making her the first female physician in the United
States and the first openly identified woman to graduate from medical


The English new town of Milton Keynes was formed in
Buckinghamshire as an amalgamation of several towns and villages.


Five people attempted to set themselves on fire in Beijing’s
Tiananmen Square, an act that many people later claimed was staged by
the Communist Party of China to frame Falun Gong and thus escalate their

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(religion) A spirit, deity, person, etc., who guides the souls of the
dead to the afterlife.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  I see but one rule: to be clear. If I am not clear, all my world
crumbles to nothing.  

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