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

A group of friars singing in Rome’s ruined Temple of Jupiter inspired Edward Gibbon to begin The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire today (1764). Also, the Edison Electric Light Company began operations (1878), Alfred Dreyfus was arrested on charges of espionage (1894), the Graf Zeppelin landed at Lakehurst, New Jersey (1928), the New York Municipal Airport, now La Guardia Airport, was inaugurated (1939), Luis E. Miramontes completed the first synthesis of norethisterone on the same day I Love Lucy premiered (1951), the Fortran computer language was published (1956), Wayne Gretzky became the NHL’s all-time leading points scorer (1989), Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1990), NASA’s Cassini probe was launched for Saturn (1997), the Galileo probe passed within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io (2001), and the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 773 points in its second-worst day ever (2008). And Occupy Movement protests spread to 951 cities in 82 countries (2011).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::