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

The Universidad Santo TomΓ‘s de Aquino, the first university in the western hemisphere, was founded in Santo Dominico today (1538). Also, the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony voted to establish Harvard College (1636), the Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot, now the Royal Marines, was created (1664), Spain’s first railroad opened between Barcelona and MatarΓ³ (1848), President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty (1886), Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, PathΓ©tique, premiered (1893), as did Richard Strauss’ tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie (1915), Congress passed the Volstead Act (1919), the Wall Street crash continued with Black Monday (1929), the Alaska Highway was completed through Canada to Fairbanks (1942), Nikita Khrushchev ordered the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba (1962), Pope Paul VI’s Nostra Aetate at the Second Vatican Council absolved Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus, on the same day St. Louis’ Gateway Arch was completed (1965), the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic held multi-party legislative elections for the first time (1990), Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was indicted in the Valerie Plame case (2005), and Cristina FernΓ‘ndez de Kirchner became the first woman elected President of Argentina (2007). And NASA launched the Ares I-X mission, the first in a planned series that was to have been the Constellation Program (2009).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::