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

The Gregorian Calendar began in Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain today (1582). Also, Mexico became a federal republic (1824), Belgium became an independent country (1830), the Orient Express made her first run (1883), Gutzon Borglum began sculpting Mount Rushmore (1927), Sputnik I was launched (1957), England’s InterCity 125 high-speed trains began operation (1976), and televangelist Jim Bakker was indicted for fraud (1988). And SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X Prize for the first private space flight (2004).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::