Tropical Storm Bill hit the Gulf Coast of the United States in the
summer of 2003. The second storm of that Atlantic hurricane season, Bill
developed from a tropical wave on June 29 to the north of the Yucatán
Peninsula. It slowly organized as it moved northward, and reached a peak
of 60 mph (95 km/h) shortly before making landfall in south-central
Louisiana. It produced a moderate storm surge, causing tidal flooding.
In Montegut in the northeastern portion of the state, a levee was
breached, flooding many homes, and in Florida, two swimmers drowned. As
Bill accelerated to the northeast, moisture from the storm, combined
with cold air from an approaching cold front, produced an outbreak of
34 tornadoes. Moderate winds and wet soil combined to topple trees onto
houses and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without electric
power. By the time Bill became extratropical on July 2, it was
responsible for four deaths and around $50 million in damage.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
In their rebellion against the Ottoman Empire, Albanians led by
Skanderbeg routed the Ottoman forces in the Battle of Torvioll.
The original Globe Theatre in London burned to the ground after
a cannon employed for special effects misfired during a performance of
William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII and ignited the theatre’s roof.
During the second day of the anti-Serb riots in Sarajevo,
numerous buildings owned by ethnic Serbs were vandalized and looted.
Actress Jayne Mansfield, her boyfriend Sam Brody, and their
driver were killed in a car accident outside of New Orleans, while her
children Miklós, Zoltán, and Mariska Hargitay escaped with only minor
Apple Inc. released the first generation iPhone, which
revolutionized the smartphone industry and made the company one of the
world’s most valuable publicly traded companies.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(Australia, New Zealand, slang) To throw up, to vomit.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It
is not something discovered: it is something molded. These prison walls
that this age of trade has built up round us, we can break down. We can
still run free, call to our comrades, and marvel to hear once more, in
response to our call, the impassioned chant of the human voice.
–Antoine de Saint Exupéry
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