[Daily article] October 9: Russian battleship Potemkin

The Russian battleship Potemkin was a pre-dreadnought battleship built
for the Imperial Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet and launched 9 October
1900. The crew’s rebellion against the officers in June 1905 (during
that year’s revolution) is now viewed as a first step towards the
Russian Revolution of 1917. After the mutineers sought asylum in
Constanța, Romania, and the Russians recovered the ship, her name was
changed to Panteleimon. She accidentally sank a Russian submarine in
1909 and was badly damaged when she ran aground in 1911. During World
War I, Panteleimon participated in the Battle of Cape Sarych in late
1914 and covered several bombardments of the Ottoman Bosphorus
fortifications in early 1915. The ship was relegated to secondary roles
after the first Russian dreadnought battleship entered service in late
1915. Panteleimon was captured when the Germans took Sevastopol in May
1918 and was handed over to the Allies after the Armistice in November
1918. She was abandoned when the White Russians evacuated the Crimea in
1920 and was finally scrapped by the Soviets in 1923. The 1905 mutiny
inspired Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent propaganda film The Battleship
Potemkin.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1446:

Scholars in the court of Sejong the Great promulgated the new
Korean alphabet, now known as Hangul (sample pictured).

1831:

Ioannis Kapodistrias, the Greek head of state and the founder
of Greek independence, was assassinated in Nafplion.

1913:

The ocean liner SS Volturno caught fire in the middle of a
gale in the North Atlantic, burned, and sank, resulting in about 130
deaths.

1986:

The Phantom of the Opera, a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber
currently the longest-running Broadway show in history, opened in
London’s West End.

2006:

North Korea conducted a nuclear test, reportedly near Kilchu,
with an explosive force of less than one kiloton, that was condemned and
denounced by many countries and the United Nations Security Council.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

up sticks:
(Britain, colloquial) To go live in a different place.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The celebrated Mr. K. Performs his feat on Saturday at Bishops
Gate The Hendersons will dance and sing As Mr. Kite flies through the
ring don’t be late Messrs. K and H. assure the public Their production
will be second to none And of course Henry the Horse dances the waltz!
 
–John Lennon

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