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

The Fourth Lateran Council defined the doctrine of transubstantiation today (1215). Also, the Mayflower Compact was signed (1620), Gottfried Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time (1675), the Flat Hat Club was formed (1750), the Virginia Military Institute was founded (1839), the Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act was signed, leading to Australia’s Stolen Generations (1869), construction began on the Manchester Ship Canal (1887), Washington became our 42nd state (1889), cities across the Midwest broke record highs and lows on the same day as The Great Blue Norther swept through (1911), Poland gained independence as the armistice ending World War I took effect at 11:11am (1918), President Warren Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery (1921), Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance was opened (1934), Kuwait’s National Assembly ratified her constitution (1962), the Maldives declared their second republic (1968), Angola gained independence (1975), the General Synod of the Church of England voted to admit women as priests (1992), the Vietnam Women’s Memorial sculpture was dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1993), New Zealand’s Tomb of the Unknown Warrior was dedicated in Wellington (2004), and Queen Elizabeth II dedicated the New Zealand War Memorial in London (2006). And after 806 transatlantic crossings totaling almost six million miles, the liner Queen Elizabeth II left Southampton on her final voyage to become a floating hotel in Dubai (2008).

Happy Veterans Day! ::hugggggs::