This Day in History

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit Is Published (1937)
The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, a professor of Anglo-Saxon and of English language and literature at Oxford University. Adapted from stories Tolkien told his kids, The Hobbit is recognized as a classic in children's literature but also attracts adult readers. Its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, is one of the 20th century's most popular and influential works of fantasy literature. What changes did Tolkien make to later editions of The Hobbit? Discuss

Saladin Begins Siege of Jerusalem (1187)
Jerusalem was conquered by the Crusaders in 1099 during the First Crusade and served as the capital of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem for most of the 12th century, but it was besieged and captured by Saladin, the Kurdish Muslim warrior and Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt, after his decisive victory at Hattin in 1187. The Crusaders negotiated a surrender, and the two parties agreed to a peaceful handover of the city to Saladin, preventing the sort of massacre that had occurred when?

Bruno Hauptmann Arrested for Murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (1934)
In one of America's most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh was kidnapped in 1932. Although a ransom of $50,000 for his release was paid, the child's body was found murdered. Two years later, Hauptmann was found with part of the ransom. In a sensational trial, he was convicted of murder. Hauptmann maintained his innocence to the last, and although temporarily reprieved, he was executed in 1936. Why do some doubt his guilt?

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Inside bitter split between Epstein and Duke of York
• Accuser gives new details of alleged sexual abuse by Prince Andrew

American drowns after proposing to his girlfriend underwater in Tanzania
A Louisiana man has drowned after proposing to his girlfriend underwater while the couple was vacationing in Tanzania.

She fled North Korea for a better life. She died with her young son in an apartment in Seoul
Hundreds of mourners took to the streets of Seoul Saturday to remember a mother who fled poverty in North Korea, only to die of suspected starvation in her small apartment in South Korea. Mourners, mostly defectors themselves, marched with two symbolic empty caskets to the Blue House, South Korea's presidential office, eventually clashing with the police.

A photographer's never published photos from Obama's campaign trail

He tweeted hate at her. She sued. Then she met him

Harry and Meghan fly among us -- but you'd never know
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have committed to flying commercial for their upcoming visit to southern Africa, having faced criticism for their use of private jets for their summer vacations.

She never experienced puberty and was too scared to tell anyone
Babalwa Mtshawu never experienced puberty. When she was growing up she didn't get her period or grow breasts like the other girls around her.

Trump and Modi are two sides of the same coin
This Sunday, President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi are sharing a stage in my hometown of Houston, Texas, at an event named "Howdy, Modi". This is Modi's first trip to the US since his reelection earlier this year, and it comes at a time when he and Trump are looking to forge stronger ties and trade relations between the US and India.

Paris police use tear gas to prevent yellow vest protests
A large police presence in Paris prevented "gilets jaunes" or yellow vest protesters from gathering on Saturday, the 45th week since protests started on November 17 last year.

2 killed, 8 injured in South Carolina bar shooting
At least one person opened fire inside and outside a crowded South Carolina bar early Saturday, killing two people and injuring eight others before fleeing, authorities said.