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

Illinois became our 21st state today (1818). Also, the Zollverein began Germany’s first regular census (1834), 20 protesting Australian miners were killed by state police in the Battle of the Eureka Stockade (1854), in his State of the Union Address, President Theodore Roosevelt called on Congress to curb the power of business trusts (1901), Charles Perrine observed Jupiter’s moon Himalia (1904), Georges Claude demonstrated neon lighting at the Paris Motor Show (1910), the Quebec Bridge opened (1919), Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made their film debut as a comedy duo in Putting Pants on Philip (1927), Singapore adopted her current flag (1959), Camelot debuted on Broadway (1960), police arrested 800 Berkeley students protesting the university’s ban on protests (1964), Pioneer 10 sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter (1973), a soil sample from Times Beach, Missouri was found to have 300 times the safe level of dioxin (1982), President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev issued statements that the Cold War was nearing its end after their meeting off the coast of Malta (1989), a Sema Group engineer sent a text message from his computer via the Vodaphone network (1992), representatives from 121 countries signed the Ottawa Treaty prohibiting the manufacture and use of anti-personnel land mines (1997), and NASA lost contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the craft entered Mars’ atmosphere (1999). And XCOR Aerospace made the first manned rocket aircraft delivery of U.S. Mail in Mojave, California (2005).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::