Hurricane Fred was the easternmost Atlantic hurricane ever to form in
the tropics, and the first to move through Cape Verde since 1892. The
second hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, Fred became a
Category 1 hurricane on August 31 as it approached Cape Verde, which
was placed under a hurricane warning for the first time ever. The
Barlavento Islands endured gales and flooding rains as the eye of the
hurricane paralleled their shorelines. Structural damage across Boa
Vista and Sal presented as leveled roofs, damaged homes and toppled
utility poles. Farmers on São Nicolau suffered crop and livestock
losses when they saw their lands flood. Fred's rains, though
destructive, alleviated a drought across the Sotavento Islands of Cape
Verde. Elsewhere, violent seas along the West African shoreline
destroyed fishing villages and submerged homes in Senegal. Between the
coasts of West Africa and Cape Verde, nine people died in maritime
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Fred_%282015%29>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The Primera Junta, the first independent government in
Argentina, was established in an open cabildo in Buenos Aires, marking
the end of the May Revolution.
Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opened at
the Opera Comique in London.
The Baltimore Steam Packet Company, the last overnight
steamboat service in the U.S., went out of business.
SpaceX's Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to
rendezvous with the International Space Station.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Open and not concealed or secret.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than
luxury, and refinement rather than fashion: to he worthy, not
respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk
gently, act frankly; to have an oratory in my own heart, and present
spotless sacrifices of dignified kindness in the temple of humanity; to
spread no opinions glaringly out like show-plants, and yet leave the
garden gate ever open for the chosen friend and the chance acquaintance:
to make no pretenses to greatness; to seek no notoriety; to attempt no
wide influence; to have no ambitious projects; to let my writings be
the daily bubbling spring flowing through constancy, swelled by
experiences, into the full, deep river of wisdom; to listen to stars and
buds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do
all bravely, await occasions, hurry never; … in a word, to let the
spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is
to be my symphony.
--William Henry Channing
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