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

James Cook claimed eastern Australia for Great Britain today (1770). Also, the crew of the Eliza Frances found Jarvis Island (1821), William Burroughs patented the first successful adding machine (1888), Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa (1911), the Dumbarton Oaks Conference began (1944), physicist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. was fatally irradiated in a criticality accident at Los Alamos (1945), President Dwight Eisenhower signed the executive order proclaiming Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state (1959), The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” became Motown’s first #1 hit song (1961), James Anderson, Jr. became the first black U.S. Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor (1968), Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defected to the U.S. (1979), opposition leader Benigno Aquino was assassinated at the Manilla airport upon his return to the Philippines (1983), and Latvia renewed her independence (1991). And Hurricane Dean struck Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165mph, the first storm to reach land as a Category 5 since Hurricane Andrew (2007).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::