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

Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope today (1497). Also, the Convention Parliament adopted the Bill of Rights (1689), Mount Fuji erupted for the last time to date (1707), the Sons of Liberty staged the protest known as the Boston Tea Party (1773), the first two of a series of four quakes shook the New Madrid Fault (1811), Benjamin Edwards rode into Mexican-controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declared himself the ruler of the Republic of Fredonia (1826), the Charlotte Jane and the Randolph brought the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand (1850), the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel opened (1901), the U.S. Navy’s Great White Fleet began its round-the-world voyage (1907), China’s Haiyuan Earthquake killed an estimated 200,000 people (1920), Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe disappeared after attempting to escape the federal prison on Alcatraz Island (1937), William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain built the first point-contact transistor (1947), Cleveland, Ohio defaulted on $14 million in municipal loans (1978), Kazakhstan gained independence (1991), and the PokΓ©mon episode “Dennō Senshi Porygon” induced seizures in 685 Japanese children (1997). And President George W. Bush signed the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act – commonly known as the CAN-SPAM Act (yes, really) – setting federal standards for commercial email (2003).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::