Hurricane Dorian was the strongest hurricane to affect the Bahamas,
causing catastrophic damage in September 2019. Dorian originated from a
tropical wave off the western coast of Africa on August 19 and became a
tropical storm on August 24. It strengthened over the next few days and
on August 27 made landfalls on Barbados and Saint Lucia before entering
the Caribbean Sea, where it became a Category 1 hurricane as it moved
over the United States Virgin Islands. Dorian achieved Category 5
intensity on September 1 and peak intensity with winds of 185 mph
(295 km/h) and a central pressure of 910 mbar (hPa; 26.87 inHg) while
making landfall at Elbow Cay in the Bahamas. Weakening steadily
throughout the next day, the storm's forward momentum slowed drastically
while it was crossing over Grand Bahama. On September 6, Dorian made
landfall at Cape Hatteras as a Category 2 hurricane. It transitioned
into a post-tropical cyclone on September 7 just before passing over
Nova Scotia and was absorbed by a larger extratropical cyclone on
Today's selected anniversaries:
Captive Malagasy on a slave ship began a mutiny that led to the
ship's destruction on Cape Agulhas in present-day South Africa and the
recapture of the instigators.
Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, delivered a
speech calling for a "total war" to motivate the German people as the
tide of World War II turned against Germany.
NASA's first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, made its first test
flight atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (both pictured).
Inter-ethnic violence between the Dayak and the Madurese broke
out in Sampit, Indonesia, ultimately causing more than 500 deaths and
the displacement of 100,000 Madurese from their homes.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. The occupation or work of a husbandman or farmer; the cultivation of
crops and the raising of livestock; agriculture.
2. The prudent management or conservation of resources.
3. (now chiefly nautical) Administration or management of day-to-day
4. (obsolete) Agricultural or cultivated land.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
You know, I have a philosophy there’s good that happens in
everything. It may not reveal itself immediately, and even in the most
dire circumstances, if you just wait, if you just remain open to things,
the good in it will reveal itself. And that has happened to me as well
in countless, countless ways.