From today's featured article
Saint Vincent Beer was a dark lager brewed by monks at Saint Vincent Archabbey in Unity Township, Pennsylvania, between 1856 and 1918. It was brewed with the permission of Pope Pius IX after a dispute with the local diocese. The brewery was in a log cabin near the gristmill and supplemented by a brick building in 1868. Production peaked at around 1,100 barrels in 1891. Its popularity brought the monastery to the attention of the Catholic temperance movement. In 1895, Francesco Satolli, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, wrote to Archabbot Leander Schnerr asking for brewing to be stopped. A media campaign and criticism in Father George Zurcher's Monks and Their Decline led to the end of external sale by 1900, although the monks brewed for internal use for another 18 years. After the brewery was closed in 1918 by Archabbot Aurelius Stehle, the buildings were used for storage until they burned down in 1926. The recipe may have been lost, sold, or never written down. (Full article...)
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- Ayman al-Zawahiri (pictured), the leader of al-Qaeda, is killed by a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan.
- In association football, UEFA Women's Euro 2022 concludes with England defeating Germany in the final.
- In cycling, Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Tour de France Femmes.
- Flooding in the U.S. state of Kentucky kills at least 37 people and leaves at least 30 others missing.
On this day
August 9: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples; National Women's Day in South Africa (1956)
- 1902 – In a ceremony at Westminster Abbey, Edward VII and Alexandra were crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor and Empress of India.
- 1934 – The Blue Lotus, the fifth volume of The Adventures of Tintin by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé and noted for its emphasis on countering negative misconceptions of Chinese people, began serialisation.
- 1944 – The United States Forest Service authorized the use of Smokey Bear as its mascot to replace Bambi.
- 1960 – Led by Albert Kalonji, South Kasai, a state of the Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville), declared its unrecognised secession.
- 1965 – The state of Singapore (flag pictured) was expelled from the Malaysian federation due to a heated ideological conflict between their respective ruling parties.
Today's featured picture
The black-faced monarch (Monarcha melanopsis) is a passerine bird in the family Monarchidae found along the eastern seaboard of Australia, and also New Guinea where most birds migrate to during the austral winter (May to August). It was originally described by Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot in 1818 from a specimen collected in New South Wales. This black-faced monarch was photographed near Brunkerville.
Photograph credit: John Harrison