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

The U.S. and France signed the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce today (1778). Also, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the Constitution (1788), New Jersey granted John Stevens the first railroad charter in the U.S. (1815), Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore (1819), the first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society left New York for what is now Liberia (1820), the Treaty of Waitangi made New Zealand a British colony (1840), the Virginia Minstrels opened in New York City (1843), the Senate ratified the Treaty of Paris ending the Spanish-American War (1899), British women over the age of 30 were guaranteed the right to vote (1918), the Twentieth Amendment took effect (1933), Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms upon the death of her father, George VI (1952), Jack Kilby filed the first patent for an integrated circuit (1959), Lockheed president Carl Kotchian admitted his company paid $3 million in bribes to Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka (1976), a blizzard brought 65mph winds and spilled 4″ of snow per hour on New England (1978), Mary Gaudron became the first female Justice appointed to the High Court of Australia (1987), the Round Table Talks that would ultimately end communism in Eastern Europe began in Poland (1889), and flooding in Oregon’s Willamette Valley caused over $500 million in property damage (1996). And Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport (1998).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::