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

Mount Fuji made her first recorded eruption today (781). Also, John Komnenos the Fat attempted to usurp the throne of Alexios III Angelos (1201), the Alhambra Decree expelled Jews from Spain (1492), Christopher Columbus sighted Trinidad (1498), the English sighted the Spanish Armada (1588), a sympathetic crowd pelted Daniel Defoe with flowers while he was pilloried for seditious libel after publishing a political satirical pamphlet (1703), the Second Continental Congress appointed Gilbert du Motier, better known as Lafayette, to the rank of major general (1777), Samuel Hopkins received the first U.S. patent for his potash process (1790), the city of Christchurch, New Zealand was chartered (1856), the radio mystery The Shadow premiered (1930), New York’s experimental television station W2XAB, now WCBS, began broadcasting (1931), archaeologists discovered engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius the Great in Persepolis, Iran (1938), Ardito Desio led an expedition in the first ascent of K2 (1954), the British Royal Navy issued the last official rum rations (1970), the crew of Apollo 15 rode the lunar rover (1971), and the U.S. and Soviet Union signed the START I treaty to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons (1991). And the British Army ended their 28-year counter-terrorism mission in Northern Ireland, Operation Banner (2007).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::