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

Christopher Columbus claimed Jamaica for Spain today (1494). Also, Mary Kies patented a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread (1809), Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of Saint Helena (1821), Mexican troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halted a French invasion, prompting the celebration of Cinco de Mayo (1862), Waterloo, New York celebrated the first Memorial Day (1866), 250 National Guardsmen fired on 14,000 striking workers and killed seven in Milwaukee’s Bay View Massacre (1886), New York’s Carnegie Hall opened (1891), Cy Young pitched the first perfect game in modern baseball (1904), John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee (1925), Alan Shepard traveled into space aboard Mercury-Redstone 3 (1961), and the Iran-Contra Scandal televised hearings began (1987). And Greek citizens began mass protests against austerity policies proposed to resolve the nation’s debt crisis (2010).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::