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

Constantinople’s Nea Ekklesia was inaugurated today (880). Also, the Act of Union joined the Kingdoms of England and Scotland into Great Britain (1707), Linnaeus published his Species Plantarum (1753), Josiah Wedgwood started his pottery company (1759), Adam Weishaupt founded the Bavarian Illumaniti (1776), Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro premiered (1786), the United Kingdom issued the Penny Black adhesive postage stamp (1840), the Hong Kong Police Force was founded (1844), the Philippine peso began circulation (1852), Paris’ Folies Bergère opened (1869), U.S. workers rallied to demand an eight-hour workday, leading to the Haymarket Affair (1886), the All-China Federation of Trade Unions was formed (1925), the American Federation of Labor founded the Union Labor Life Insurance Company (1927), the Empire State Building was dedicated (1931), Guam became a U.S. commonwealth (1950), Amtrak took over U.S. rail passenger operations (1971), and Rickey Henderson stole his record-setting 939th base on the same evening Nolan Ryan pitched his seventh career no-hitter (1991). And Sweden enacted marriage equality for LGBTs (2009).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::