[Daily article] December 15: Yugoslav torpedo boat T1

The Yugoslav torpedo boat T1 was a sea-going vessel operated by the
Royal Yugoslav Navy between 1921 and 1941. Launched on 15 December 1913
as a 250t-class torpedo boat for the Austro-Hungarian Navy under the
name 76 T, she was armed with two 66 mm (2.6 in) guns and four 450 mm
(17.7 in) torpedo tubes, and could carry 10–12 naval mines. The
vessel performed anti-submarine operations and convoy, escort and
minesweeping tasks during World War I. She was escorting the dreadnought
SMS Szent István when that ship was sunk by Italian torpedo boats in
June 1918. Following Austria-Hungary’s defeat, the torpedo boat was
allocated to what became the Royal Yugoslav Navy. During the German-led
Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, the vessel was captured by
the Italians. She served with the Royal Italian Navy, but was returned
to the Royal Yugoslav Navy-in-exile following the Italian capitulation
in September 1943. She was commissioned by the Yugoslav Navy after World
War II and, after a refit, served as Golešnica until 1959.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1161:

Emperor Hailing (bust pictured) of the Jin dynasty was
assassinated in a military camp near the Yangtze River front following
Jin losses in the Battle of Caishi.

1791:

The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution,
collectively known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified.

1906:

The Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway, a
14.17-kilometre (8.80 mi) long deep-level underground tube railway
connecting Hammersmith and Finsbury Park, London, opened.

1946:

US-backed Iranian troops brought an end to the Iran crisis when
they marched upon the breakaway Republic of Mahabad and recaptured the
territory.

1961:

Former Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death after
being found guilty on fifteen criminal charges, including war crimes and
crimes against humanity.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

stroopwafel:
A Dutch waffle made from two thin wafers with syrup in between.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  In this moment when we face horizons and conflicts wider than ever
before, we want our resources, the ways of strength. We look again to
the human wish, its faiths, the means by which the imagination leads us
to surpass ourselves. If there is a feeling that something has been
lost, it may be because much has not yet been used, much is still to be
found and begun. Everywhere we are told that our human resources are all
to be used, that our civilization itself means the uses of everything it
has — the inventions, the histories, every scrap of fact. But there is
one kind of knowledge — infinitely precious, time-resistant more than
monuments, here to be passed between the generations in any way it may
be: never to be used. And that is poetry.  
–Muriel Rukeyser

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