[Daily article] April 26: Yugoslav destroyer Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik was a flotilla leader built for the Royal Yugoslav Navy by
Yarrow Shipbuilders in Glasgow in 1930 and 1931. One of the largest
destroyers of the time, she was a fast ship with a main armament of four
Czechoslovak-built Škoda 140 mm (5.5 in) guns in single mounts.
During the German-led Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941,
Dubrovnik was captured by the Italians. After a refit, she was
commissioned into the Royal Italian Navy as Premuda. In June 1942, she
joined the Italian force that attacked the Allied Operation Harpoon
convoy attempting to relieve the island of Malta. Premuda was the most
important and effective Italian war prize ship of World War II. After
the Italian surrender to the Allies in September 1943, the destroyer was
seized by Germany and commissioned into the German Navy as TA32. In
March 1945, the ship took part in the Battle of the Ligurian Sea against
two Royal Navy destroyers. She was scuttled the following month as the
Germans retreated from Genoa.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


In a conspiracy to replace the Medici family as rulers of the
Florentine Republic, the Pazzi family attacked Lorenzo de’ Medici and
killed his brother Giuliano during High Mass.


U.S. Army soldiers cornered and fatally shot John Wilkes Booth,
the assassin of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, in rural northern
Virginia, ending a twelve-day manhunt.


The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Royal Blue, one of the first
major railway electrification systems in the U.S., made its final run.


The World Intellectual Property Organization came into being
when its convention entered into force.


Just prior to landing at Nagoya International Airport, the
copilot of China Airlines Flight 140 inadvertently pushed the wrong
button, causing the plane to crash and killing 264 of the 271 people on

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. (obsolete) Sight, view; specifically a distant view at sea.
2. (obsolete) The range or extent of vision, especially at sea; (by
extension) a marine measure of approximately twenty miles.
3. As little as one can discriminate or recognize; a small portion, a
little. […]
4. (zoology, obsolete, rare) A chalaza or tread of an egg (a spiral band
attaching the yolk of the egg to the eggshell); a cicatricula. […]
5. (poetry) A metaphorical phrase used in Germanic poetry (especially Old
English or Old Norse) whereby a simple thing is described in an allusive
way. […]
6. (Northern England) A dry measure equivalent to half a bushel; a
container with that capacity.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts.
Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical
work consists essentially of elucidations. Philosophy does not result in
“philosophical propositions”, but rather in the clarification of
propositions. Without philosophy thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and
indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp
–Ludwig Wittgenstein

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