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

The Vandals and Alans crossed the Pyrenees into Hispania today (409). Also, hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested (1307), Charles Messier discovered the Whirlpool Galaxy (1773), the Continental Congress established what is now the U.S. Navy (1775), the cornerstone of the White House was laid (1792), Texas voters approved the new constitution that enabled U.S. statehood (1845), Eliezer Ben-Yehuda revived the Hebrew language (1881), Greenwich was adopted as the Universal Time meridian (1884), the Georgia Institute of Technology was founded (1885), Edward Emerson Barnard discovered the comet D/1892 T1 (1892), an estimated 70,000 people witnessed “The Miracle of the Sun” in Fatima, Portugal (1917), the Treaty of Kars established Turkey’s northern borders (1921) and Ankara became her capital (1923), Paddington Bear premiered (1958), Frederick Murphy made the first electron micrograph of the Ebola virus (1976), and Ameritech Mobile Communications, now AT&T, launched the first cellular network in Chicago, Illinois (1983). And all 33 miners were rescued after being trapped for 69 days by the cave-in of a copper and gold mine in CopiapΓ³, Chile (2010).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::