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

The world’s oldest continuous republic, San Marino, was founded today (301). Also, the Mamluks halted the expansion of the Mongol Empire at Ain Jalut (1260), the U.S. flag was held aloft at the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge (1777), the Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolutionary War (1783), William Wordsworth wrote Composed upon Westminster Bridge (1802), John Dalton began using symbols to represent atoms of different elements (1803), Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery (1838), Argentina’s first polo match was held (1875), Malcolm Campbell reached a speed of 304mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats (1935), Nino Farina won the first Formula One World Drivers’ Championship (1950), television soap operas debuted with CBS’ Search for Tomorrow (1951), Swedish traffic switched from the left to the right side of the road (1967), Qatar gained independence (1971), Viking 2 landed at Utopia Planitia on Mars (1976), and heavy fog off Lake St. Clair caused an 87-car collision on Windsor, Ontario’s Highway 401 (1999). And at least 385 people including 186 children died in South Ossetia’s Beslan School Hostage Crisis (2004).

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