Hurricane Dog was the most intense hurricane in the 1950 Atlantic hurricane season. The fourth named storm of the season, Dog developed on August 30 to the east of Antigua, and after passing through the northern Lesser Antilles turned to the north and intensified into a Category 5 hurricane. Dog reached its peak intensity of 185 mph (295 km/h) over the open Atlantic, and after weakening passed within 200 miles (320 km) of Cape Cod before becoming extratropical on September 12. Hurricane Dog caused extensive damage to the Leeward Islands, and was considered the most severe hurricane on record in Antigua. Many buildings were destroyed or severely damaged on the island, with thousands left homeless just weeks after Hurricane Baker had caused serious damage on the island. In the United States, the hurricane caused moderate coastal damage, including damaging several boats and causing 11 offshore drownings. Strong winds caused widespread power outages across southeastern New England. Damage across its path totaled about $3 million (1950 USD, $25.7 million 2007 USD).

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Today's selected anniversaries:


The Rashidun Caliphate effectively ended with the death of Ali, the final Sunni Rashidun and first Shia Imam.


Pope Clement VI issued the papal bull Unigenitus to justify the power of the pope and the use of indulgences.


Two weeks after a group of over thirty explorers and scientists met in Washington, D.C. to organize "a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge," the National Geographic Society, publisher of the National Geographic Magazine, was incorporated.


The Young Liberals of Norway, the youth league of the Norwegian political party Venstre was founded, today advocating a more liberal version of the mother party's social liberalist ideology.


The first hostilities in the Finnish Civil War began when White Guards attacked attacked trains carrying a large shipment of weapons from Bolshevist Russia to the Red Guards.

Wiktionary's word of the day:

circumnavigate (v):
1. To travel completely around somewhere or something, especially by sail.
2. To circumvent or bypass

Wikiquote quote of the day:

"In that direction," the Cat said, waving its right paw round, "lives a Hatter: and in that direction," waving the other paw, "lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad."
 "But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
 "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
 "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
 "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."   --Lewis Carroll