Hurricane Lenny was the second-strongest November Atlantic hurricane on
record and the record-breaking fifth Category 4 hurricane in the 1999
Atlantic hurricane season. It formed on November 13 in the western
Caribbean Sea and maintained an unprecedented west-to-east track for its
entire duration. It attained hurricane status south of Jamaica and
passed south of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, attaining peak winds of
155 mph (250 km/h) about 21 mi (34 km) south of Saint Croix in the
US Virgin Islands. It gradually weakened while moving through the
Leeward Islands, dissipating on November 23 over the open Atlantic
Ocean. Damage in the US territories totaled about $330 million, with
widespread flooding and erosion in Saint Croix. Lenny killed two people
in northern Colombia, three in Saint Martin and one in Antigua and
Barbuda, where it also contaminated the local water supply. Significant
storm damage occurred as far south as Grenada, where high surf isolated
towns from the capital city.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Act of Toleration became law in England, granting freedom
of worship to Nonconformists under certain circumstances, but
deliberately excluding Catholics.
The nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was first published
as an original poem by Sarah Josepha Hale.
Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia married Prince Ernest
Augustus of Hanover, one of the last great social events of European
royalty before World War I began fourteen months later.
United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy met with
African American author James Baldwin in an unsuccessful attempt to
improve race relations.
On the Kola Peninsula in Russia, drilling began on the Kola
Superdeep Borehole, eventually reaching 12,262 metres (40,230 ft),
making it the deepest hole ever drilled and the deepest artificial point
on the earth.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(intransitive, US) To lend money at exorbitant rates of interest.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
God of grace and God of glory, On Thy people pour Thy power.
Crown Thine ancient church’s story, Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, For the facing of this hour, For the
facing of this hour.
--Harry Emerson Fosdick