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

The first traveler’s cheques went on sale in London today (1772). Also, the lyrics for “Amazing Grace” debuted (1773), The Times of London published its first edition (1788), the Dutch East India Company was dissolved (1800), Giuseppe Piazzi discovered the dwarf planet Ceres (1801), Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill Tunnel was completed (1845), the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in Confederate territory (1863), twenty-five nations adopted Sandford Fleming’s proposal of Standard Time (1885), the Tournament of Roses Parade premiered (1890), Ellis Island began processing immigrants (1892), New York City began annexing the outer boroughs (1898), Australia was federated (1901), the Rose Bowl game debuted (1902), William Hewlett and David Packard founded Hewlett-Packard (1939), the Constitution of Italy took effect (1948), NBC broadcast the Tournament of Roses Parade coast-to-coast in NTSC color (1954), the European Community was established (1958), the U.S. formally established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (1979), ARPANET officially became the Internet (1983), and the World Trade Organization came into effect (1995). And three years after introduction, the Euro became legal tender in 12 European Union countries (2002).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::