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

Spanish settlers led by Sebastián de Belalcázar founded the city of Quito, Ecuador today (1534). Also, the first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was published (1768), Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia (1790), the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified (1865), the Washington Post premiered on the same day Thomas Edison recorded himself reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (1877), the Washington Monument was completed (1884), London became the first city to license taxicabs (1897), President Theodore Roosevelt announced a U.S. policy of intervention to stop “flagrant wrongdoing” in Latin American nations as his Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1904), 362 miners died in an explosion at Monongah, West Virginia (1907), Finland declared independence (1917), British and Irish representatives signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty (1921) and the Irish Free State came into existence (1922), the Colombian military was sent in to suppress a strike by United Fruit Company workers (1928), U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey ruled that James Joyce’s Ulysses was not obscene (1933), Florida’s Everglades National Park was established (1947), Adrian Kantrowitz performed the first human heart transplant in the U.S. (1967), the House voted 387-35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President, following the Senate’s 92-3 vote a week earlier (1973), Spain approved her constitution (1978), Marc Lépine murdered 14 young women at Montréal’s École Polytechnique (1989), and the Canadian province of Newfoundland was renamed Newfoundland and Labrador (2001). And NASA revealed photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars (2006).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::