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

The University of Leipzig opened today (1409). Also, St. Paul’s Cathedral was dedicated in London (1697), as was the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island (1763), the USS Alfred hoisted the Grand Union Flag (1775), Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of France in Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral (1803), in State of the Union Addresses, President James Monroe introduced his famous foreign policy doctrine (1823), and President James Polk urged Congress to support westward expansion (1845), Charles Dickens gave his first public reading in the U.S. at Boston’s Tremont Temple (1867), the Ford Motor Company introduced the Model A (1927), President Herbert Hoover asked Congress for $150 million in public works projects (1930), New York City’s La Guardia Airport opened (1939), a team led by Enrico Fermi began the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction (1942), riots erupted in Jerusalem after the United Nations approved the Partition Plan (1947), a 65-22 vote censured Sen. Joseph McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute” (1954), Fidel Castro led 80 members of the 26th of July Movement ashore in Cuba (1956), and declared that Cuba would adopt communism (1961), the Environmental Protection Agency began operations (1970), a Salvadoran death squad murdered three U.S. nuns and a lay Catholic missionary (1980), Barney Clarke became the first human to receive a permanent artificial heart (1982), Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto became the first woman to head the government of a predominantly Muslim nation (1988), drug boss Pablo Escobar was killed in MedellΓ­n, Columbia (1993), and the Northern Ireland Executive assumed devolved authority like that held by national bodies in Scotland and Wales (1999). And Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (2001).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::