Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
Two years after his death, Oliver Cromwell was ritually executed today (1661). Also, the first specialized lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne (1790), the original Lower Trenton Bridge opened (1806), the Menai Suspension Bridge connecting the Isle of Anglesey with Wales opened (1826), fire destroyed two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico (1841), Yerba Buena, California was renamed San Francisco (1847), the Hallé Orchestra gave their first professional concert in Manchester, England (1858), the USS Monitor was launched (1862), the Canadian Naval Service became the Royal Canadian Navy (1911), the seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church moved to Greece when Turkey expelled Patriarch Constantine VI from Istanbul (1925), Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated (1948), the home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was bombed in retaliation for his involvement in the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1956), the MS Hans Hedtoft, said to be “unsinkable,” hit an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage (1959), Carole King’s Tapestry album was released (1971), the USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was established (1975), Richard Skrenta wrote the first personal computer virus code, the “Elk Cloner” (1982), and 14-year-old Péter Lékó became the then-youngest chess grand master (1994). And the National Institutes of Health announced the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease (1995).
Good morning! ::hugggggs::