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Back in the Day: the hottest day on record!

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Back in the Day: the hottest day on record!


September 13, 1922. A temperature of 57.8° Celsius (136° Fahrenheit) is recorded in the shade in Al-Aziziyah, Libya. It is the highest shade temperature ever measured on Earth. There is some evidence that the equipment and the conditions for the reading may have given an elevated figure: the thermometer used was less sophisticated than most models present in weather stations at the time, while the reading may also have been influenced by the presence of black tarmac nearby. The second highest temperature on record is 56.7°C (134°F) in Death Valley, California in 1913. Third on the list is the 53.9°C (129°F) recorded in Tirat Tsvi, Israel in 1942.

Also on September 13: Francis Scott Key writes a poem that will provide the lyrics of the United States national anthem (1814), signing of the Oslo accords by Palestinian and Israeli leaders (1993); US rapper Tupac Shakur dies of gunshot wounds inflicted six days earlier (1996); the UN adopts the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007).

Born on September 13: Roald Dahl (1916), Ahmet Necdet Sezer (1941), Michael Johnson (1967), Shane Warne (1969), Stella McCartney (1971), Fabio Cannavaro (1973).

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