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

Either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall, as Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello, became the first woman to act on an English stage today (1660). Also, Pius IX proclaimed the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (1854), two research organizations and a graduate school, all founded by Robert Brookings, merged into the Brookings Institute (1927), President Dwight Eisenhower delivered his “Atoms for Peace” speech (1953), the New York City Newspaper Workers’ Strike began (1962), a plebiscite abolished Greece’s monarchy (1974), the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed (1987), the leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine signed an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States, on the same day Romania adopted her constitution by referendum (1991), President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (1993), Malcolm Conn of The Australian broke the story of the Australian Cricket Board’s cover-up of the John the Bookmaker scandal (1998), and heads of government from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met with the government of Cuba to reestablish diplomatic relations (2002). And the signing of the Cuzco Declaration established the South American Community of Nations (2004).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::