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

The Mayflower left Southampton, England on her first attempt to reach North America today (1620). Also, New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger was acquitted of seditious libel on the grounds that his statements about the colonial governor were true (1735), the First Partition of Poland began (1772), the U.S. Army abolished flogging (1861), Japan launched her postal savings system (1874), the cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty was laid (1884), the first electric traffic light was installed in Cleveland, Ohio (1914), thirteen firefighters died in Montana’s Mann Gulch Fire (1947), ABC’s American Bandstand premiered (1957), Burkina Faso gained independence (1960), Nelson Mandela was imprisoned (1962), the U.S., U.K, and U.S.S.R. signed the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963), Wellington, New Zealand hosted the first Pacific Islands Forum (1971), President Ronald Reagan fired striking air traffic controllers (1981), and the Sandinista National Liberation Front won a majority in Nicaragua’s general elections (1989). And a cave-in trapped 33 miners 2300 feet underground in CopiapΓ³, Chile (2010).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::