The ship that became the Yugoslav monitor Sava began as SMS Bodrog, a
river monitor built for the Austro-Hungarian Navy. She and two other
monitors fired the first shots of World War I on the night of 28 July
1914, when they shelled Serbian defences near Belgrade. She fought the
Serbian and Romanian armies during the war, and was captured in its
closing stages. She was transferred to the newly created Kingdom of
Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia), and renamed Sava. During
the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, she fought off several
air attacks, but was scuttled on 11 April. Sava was later raised by the
Independent State of Croatia, an Axis puppet state, and continued to
serve under that name until 1944 when she was again scuttled. Following
World War II, Sava was raised again, and was refurbished to serve in the
Yugoslav Navy from 1952 to 1962. After that she became a commercial
gravel barge. In 2005, the government of Serbia granted her limited
heritage protection after citizens demanded that she be preserved as a
Today’s selected anniversaries:
French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre and Louis Antoine de
Saint-Just, architects of the Reign of Terror, were executed after
having been arrested the previous day.
Peruvian War of Independence: Argentine general José de San
Martín declared the independence of Peru from Spain.
During an excavation of a ship burial at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk,
England, archæologists discovered a helmet likely belonging to King
Rædwald of East Anglia.
Two followers of Rajneesh were convicted for the attempted
assassination of the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.
In the deadliest air accident in Pakistan’s history, Airblue
Flight 202 crashed into the Margalla Hills north of Islamabad, killing
all 152 aboard.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(computing, sciences) In computer simulation or in virtual reality.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall Frightful, sheer,
no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap May who ne’er hung there. Nor does
long our small Durance deal with that steep or deep. Here! creep,
Wretch, under a comfort serves in a whirlwind: all Life death does end
and each day dies with sleep.
–Gerard Manley Hopkins
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