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

Edward Teach, the pirate known as Blackbeard, was killed in battle today (1718). Also, the city of Denver was founded (1858), the clipper Cutty Sark was launched (1869), Ravel’s Bolero premiered in Paris (1928), Lebanon gained independence from France (1943), the Humane Society of the United States was founded (1954), President John Kennedy was assassinated (1963), Juan Carlos became King of Spain (1975), and Ukraine’s Orange Revolution protested the fraudulent presidential election of Viktor Yanukovych (2004). And Angela Merkel became Germany’s first female Chancellor (2005).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::