From today's featured article
Hurricane Juan was a large and erratic tropical cyclone that looped twice near the Louisiana coast, causing widespread flooding. It was the tenth named storm of the 1985 Atlantic hurricane season, forming in the central Gulf of Mexico in late October. Juan made landfall near Morgan City. Weakening to tropical storm status over land, it turned back to the southeast over open waters, crossing the Mississippi River Delta. Turning to the northeast, it made its final landfall just west of Pensacola, Florida. Juan was the last of three hurricanes to move over Louisiana during the season, after Danny in August and Elena in early September. Twelve people died in the storm, including nine in maritime accidents off Louisiana. Rainfall and a high storm surge flooded 50,000 houses and many communities in southern Louisiana, causing extensive agriculture losses. Juan directly inflicted about $1.5 billion in damage, making it among the costliest United States hurricanes. (Full article...)
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- ... that in 1871, Beaver Hall (pictured) was demolished so that the neighbours could have a "private green belt"?
- ... that Jennie Jackson, an original member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, performed with the ensemble before US President Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain, and Queen Victoria?
- ... that the British submarine HMS P222 was ordered to escort an Allied convoy to Malta on the surface, with the intent that it would be spotted by enemy aircraft?
- ... that Joseph Jenckes Sr., a 17th-century blacksmith in Massachusetts, was granted the first machine patent in America?
- ... that the historical card game of Briscan has been described as a "Gothic extravaganza", squeezing "a truly phenomenal range of scores and melds" from a 32-card pack?
- ... that Louis Dreller was decorated by both the United States and Brazil for designing and building World War II warships?
- ... that in 543 a Byzantine army was unexpectedly defeated by a force less than one-seventh their size, during their invasion of Sasanian Armenia?
- ... that Twitter satirist Coldwar Steve creates most of his works on a phone while travelling to work by bus?
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