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

Captain James Cook sighted Australia and Marie Antoinette married Louis XVI today (1770). Also, the Netherlands recognized the independent United States and John Adams’ house in The Hague became the first U.S. embassy (1782), Venezuela achieved home rule (1810), the Treaty of London established the Kingdom of Belgium (1839), Charles Duryea claimed to drive the first automobile in the U.S. (1892), Mae West was jailed for obscenity over her play Sex (1927), Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco (1956), Sierra Leone became a republic (1971), The Simpsons premiered as a cartoon short on The Tracy Ullman Show (1987), and the Bundestag returned to Berlin after the reunification of Germany (1999). And Fidel Castro resigned after 45 years as head of Cuba’s Communist Party (2011).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::