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

The old St. Peter’s Basilica was consecrated today (326). Also, legend holds that William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head (1307), 10,000 people died and 72 villages in the Netherlands were destroyed when a seawall at the Zuiderzee dike broke in the Sint-Elisabethsvloed (1421), Christopher Columbus sighted Puerto Rico (1493), the new St. Peter’s Basilica was consecrated (1626), Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County was published in the New York Saturday Press (1865), U.S. and Canadian railroads implemented five standard time zones (1883), the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty granted the U.S. exclusive control of the Panama Canal Zone (1903), Latvia declared independence (1918), the Disney short film Steamboat Willie was released (1928), the Grand Banks Earthquake broke 12 transatlantic telegraph cables and triggered a tsunami that flooded the Burin Peninsula (1929), members elected John L. Lewis the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (1938), the first push-button phone went into service (1963), Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult in a mass murder-suicide in Guyana (1978), and 12 people died when Texas A&M’s annual ‘Aggie Bonfire’ collapsed during construction (1999). And the United Kingdom’s Local Government Act repealed the anti-LGBT Section 28 (2003).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::