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

Mercurius began the tradition of papal names in becoming Pope John II today (533). Also, the British Institution of Civil Engineers was founded (1818), Secretary of State John Hay announced the “Open Door” policy to promote trade with China (1900), 6000 suspected communists and anarchists were arrested and held without trial in the second Palmer Raid (1920), Bruno Hauptmann went on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s son (1935), 33 members of the Duquesne Spy Ring were sentenced to prison (1942), Luis Muñoz Marín became the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico (1949), President Richard Nixon signed the 55mph speed limit law during the OPEC embargo (1974), and Sila María Calderón became the first female Governor of Puerto Rico (2001). And the spacecraft Stardust began collecting samples from the comet Wild 2 (2004).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::