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

England’s Charles I ordered the arrest of Parliament today (1642). Seven years to the day later, the Rump Parliament put Charles on trial (1649). Also, William McDonald discovered the McDonald Islands (1854), the New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters (1865), William Grant removed Mary Gartside’s appendix (1885), the Scout Association received a royal charter (1912), Burma gained independence (1948), Sputnik 1 fell from orbit (1958), Luna 1 passed within 6000 km of the moon (1959), President Lyndon Johnson proposed the “Great Society” in his State of the Union Address (1965), Rose Heilbron became the first woman judge at London’s Old Bailey (1972), and the NASA rover Spirit landed on Mars (2004). And Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2007).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::