Hurricane Bob was a weak hurricane that affected the southeast United
States in July 1985. The second tropical storm and first hurricane of
the 1985 Atlantic hurricane season, the system developed from a
tropical wave on July 21 in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Bob began
moving east, striking southwestern Florida as a weak tropical storm.
The storm then turned to the north and quickly intensified to hurricane
status on July 24. The next day, it made landfall near Beaufort, South
Carolina, becoming one of a record-tying six hurricanes to hit the
United States during a single season. Bob caused $20 million in damage
and five indirect deaths. In Florida, the storm produced heavy
rainfall, peaking at over 20 inches (500 mm) in Everglades City. In
most areas, the rainfall was beneficial due to dry conditions that had
persisted throughout the year. Damage was minimal in South Carolina,
where the hurricane made its final landfall. In Virginia, the storm
spawned three tornadoes, one of which destroyed two houses.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
German composer Richard Wagner's romantic opera Lohengrin, containing
the Bridal Chorus, was first performed under the direction of Hungarian
composer Franz Liszt in Weimar, present-day Germany.
Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines,
became the first American private school to be founded in the country.
In the first naval battle of World War I, British ships defeated the
German fleet in the Heligoland Bight area of the North Sea.
African-American teenager Emmett Till was murdered near Money,
Mississippi, for flirting with a white woman, energizing the nascent
American Civil Rights Movement.
During a large political rally in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King,
Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the
Lincoln Memorial, describing his desire for a future where blacks and
whites would coexist harmoniously as equals.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (of people) Very high-spirited; extremely energetic or enthusiastic.
2. (of things that grow) Abundant, luxuriant, profuse, superabundant
Wikiquote quote of the day:
What is the use of being wise if we are not sometimes merry? The
merriment of wise men is not the uninformed, gross fun of ignorant men,
but it has more kinship with that than the pinched, frightened fun of
those who are neither learned nor ignorant, gentle nor simple, bound
nor free. The idea that a wise man must be solemn is bred and preserved
among people who have no idea what wisdom is, and can only respect
whatever makes them feel inferior.