While the 1970 Bhola cyclone was not the strongest tropical cyclone to hit East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), it was the deadliest, claiming approximately half a million lives. It ranks among the most deadly natural disasters of modern times. The low-lying islands of the Ganges Delta were particularly susceptible to the storm surge's floodwaters, which reached 33 ft (10 m) when the cyclone made landfall. How did this tragic event help to bring about the establishment of Bangladesh?
Back in the day
The Homestead Act was a federal law that sought to shape the American West by populating it with farmers. The act provided for the transfer of 160 acres of unoccupied public land to each homesteader at $1.25 an acre after 6 months of residence or for a nominal fee after 5 years of residence. Unfortunately, speculators took advantage of the generous law, securing much of the land. Of the trillion acres made available through the act, how many are estimated to have served their intended purpose?
Born on a day like today
In a career spanning more than 40 years, Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre, better known as Cher, has established herself as an enduring pop culture icon and one of the most popular female artists in music history. Cher first rose to prominence in the 1960s as one half of the pop/rock duo Sonny and Cher. Their first hit, â€œI Got You Babeâ€ (1965), topped US and UK charts. Cher went on to become an accomplished solo artist as well as a TV and film actress. As of 2002, what was her estimated net worth?