Hurricane Grace was a short-lived Category 2 hurricane that contributed
to the formation of the powerful 1991 "Perfect Storm". Forming on
October 26, Grace initially had subtropical origins, meaning it was
partially tropical and partially extratropical in nature. It became a
tropical cyclone on October 27, and ultimately peaked with winds of
100 mph (155 km/h). The storm had minor effects on the island of
Bermuda as it passed to the south. A developing extratropical storm to
the north turned Grace eastward; the hurricane was eventually absorbed
into the large circulation of the larger low pressure system. Fed by
the contrast between cold air to the northwest and warm air from the
remnants of Hurricane Grace, this storm became a large and powerful
nor'easter that caused extremely high waves and resulted in severe
coastal damage along the U.S. East Coast.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
English writer Daniel Defoe was placed in a pillory for seditious libel
after publishing a pamphlet politically satirising the High Church
The Second Continental Congress passed a resolution allowing French
nobleman Marquis de Lafayette to enter the American revolutionary
forces as a Major General.
The Holocaust: Under instructions from Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring
orders SS General Reinhard Heydrich to settle "the final solution of
the Jewish question".
NASA's Lunar Prospector was deliberately crashed into the Shoemaker
crater near the moon's south pole in an unsuccessful attempt to detect
the presence of water.
Following intestinal surgery, Fidel Castro provisionally transferred
the duties of the Cuban presidency to his brother Raúl.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. A period of three months or about three months.
2. One term of an academic year in those learning institutions that
divide their teaching into three roughly equal terms
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I beg the reader not to go in search of messages. It is a term that I
detest because it distresses me greatly, for it forces on me clothes
that are not mine, which in fact belong to a human type that I
distrust; the prophet, the soothsayer, the seer. I am none of these;
I'm a normal man with a good memory who fell into a maelstrom and got
out of it more by luck than by virtue, and who from that time on has
preserved a certain curiosity about maelstroms large and small,
metaphorical and actual.
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