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

Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River today (1541). Also, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opened (1877), John Pemberton sold the first carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” (1886), the Italian Football Federation played their first tournament (1898), Dublin’s Irish Literary Theatre opened (1899), Paramount Pictures was founded (1912), Mohandas Gandhi began a 21-day fast to protest British rule in India (1933), the Hard Hat Riot broke out on Wall Street (1970), and the World Health Organization endorsed the eradication of smallpox (1980). And the Thames Barrier officially opened (1984).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::