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

Mercurius became the first pontiff to assume a papal name, John II, today (533). Also, Georgia ratified the U.S. Constitution (1788), the British Institution of Civil Engineers was founded (1818), Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier hypothesized that planet Vulcan accounted for the eccentricities of Mercury’s orbit (1860), Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China (1900), 6000 suspected communists and anarchists were arrested and held without trial in the second Palmer Raid (1920), the 33 members of the Duquesne Spy Ring were sentenced to a total of over 300 years in prison (1942), Luis Muñoz Marín became the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico (1949), President Richard Nixon signed a bill lowering the speed limit to 55mph to save gasoline during the OPEC embargo (1974), “Yorkshire Ripper” Peter Sutcliffe was arrested (1981), the North American Blizzard dumped 14″ of snow on Milwaukee and 19″ on Chicago en route to Michigan, Ohio, Ontario, and Quebec (1999), and the Stardust probe gathered samples near Comet Wild 2 (2004). And 12 miners died in an explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia (2006).

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