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

Stephen founded the state of Hungary today (1000). Also, Stephen became Saint Stephen (1083), Clement V pardoned Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay on charges of heresy (1308), Spanish settlers founded the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in what is now Tucson, Arizona (1775), Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace published their separate but similar theories of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London (1858), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture premiered (1882), 87 people, mostly forest firefighters, died in the Great Fire that swept through Washington, Idaho, and Montana (1910), commercial radio began the premiere of Detroit’s WWJ (1920), Japan’s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai or NHK, was founded (1926), Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd career grand slam (1938), Ramón Mercader stabbed Leon Trotsky, who would die the following day, in Mexico City (1940), Senegal declared independence (1960), Soviet-led troops invaded Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring (1968), NASA launched Viking 1 (1975) and Voyager 2 (1977), 14 people were killed when a disgruntled worker opened fire at a post office in Edmonds, Oklahoma (1986), the Yellowstone Fires reached their peak on “Black Saturday” (1988), 51 people died when the pleasure boat Marchioness after a collision on the Thames in London, on the same day Adelaide’s O-Bahn Busway opened (1989), Estonia restated her pre-World War II declaration of independence (1991), the Oslo Accords were signed in Norway (1993), the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Québec could not secede without the agreement of the federal government (1998), anti-Hussein protesters seized the Iraqi embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering (2002), and 146 people died when Spanair Flight 5022 skidded off the runway during takeoff at Madrid-Barajas Airport (2008). And 25 people including a visitor were killed in a shootout between rival gangs at a prison in Caracas, Venezuela (2012).


Good morning! ::hugggggs::