SMS Lützow was the second Derfflinger-class battlecruiser built by the
German Imperial Navy before World War I. Launched on 29 November 1913,
the ship was named in honor of the Prussian general Ludwig Adolf Wilhelm
von Lützow who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. Due to engine damage
during trials, Lützow did not join the I Scouting Group until March
1916. She missed most of the major actions conducted by the German
battlecruiser force, taking part in only one bombardment operation, at
Yarmouth and Lowestoft, on 24–25 April 1916. One month after becoming
Admiral Franz von Hipper’s flagship, Lützow sank the British
battlecruiser HMS Invincible during the Battle of Jutland (31 May –
1 June); she is sometimes given credit for sinking the armored cruiser
HMS Defence as well. Heavily damaged by around 24 heavy-caliber shell
hits that flooded her bow, the ship was unable to make the return voyage
to German ports. Her crew was evacuated and she was sunk by torpedoes
fired by one of her escorts, the torpedo boat G38.
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After the death of Pope Paul III, a papal conclave with an
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American explorer Richard E. Byrd and three others completed
the first flight over the South Pole.
Five minutes after takeoff from Montreal, Trans-Canada Air
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The United Nations General Assembly voted to accord non-member
observer state status to Palestine.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a
merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned
about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to
blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of
childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in
moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to
carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about
being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I
read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been
found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a
man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and
the desire to be very grown up.
–C. S. Lewis
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