Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)

The Hashshashin attempted to murder Saladin near Aleppo today (1176). Also, John of England and Phillip II of France signed the Treaty of Le Goulet (1200), a grand jury indicted former Vice President Aaron Burr for treason (1807), the SS Savannah left Georgia en route to England as the first steamship to cross the Atlantic (1819), slavery was abolished in Martinique (1848), Rep. Preston Brooks (SC) attacked Sen. Charles Sumner (MA) with a cane after Sen. Sumner’s speech against slavery (1856), President Ulysses Grant signed the Amnesty Act, restoring the civil rights of most Confederate sympathizers (1872), London’s Blackwall Tunnel opened (1897), the Wright brothers patented their flying machine (1906), the United Steelworkers was formed (1942), President Lyndon Johnson announced the goals of his Great Society as “an end to poverty and racial injustice” (1964), Ceylon adopted her constitution and the name Sri Lanka (1972), Namco released Pac-Man (1980), Johnny Carson hosted his last episode of The Tonight Show (1992), a Birmingham jury convicted former KKK member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 bombing that killed four black girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church (2002), and Annika Sörenstam became the first woman to play a PGA tournament in 58 years (2003). And the Tokyo Skytree opens to the public (2012).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::