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

Austria’s Leopold V captured and imprisoned Richard the Lion-Heart as the English monarch returned from the Third Crusade today (1192). Also, the Louisiana Purchase was formalized at a ceremony in New Orleans (1803), South Carolina voted to secede (1860), the last Australian troops evacuated Gallipoli (1915), the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life was released (1946), the EBR-1 in Arco, Idaho became the first nuclear reactor to generate electricity (1951), Cardiff was proclaimed the capital of Wales (1955), Cliff and Christine Walker and their two young children were murdered in Osprey, Florida, possibly by In Cold Blood killers Perry Smith and Richard Hickock (1959), the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances was signed in Vienna (1988), U.S. forces invaded Panama to overthrow and capture Manuel Noriega (1989), 4000 people died when the passenger ferry Doña Paz struck the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Philippine’s Tablas Strait (1987), NATO began peacekeeping operations in Bosnia (1995), NeXT merged with Apple Computer (1996), Portugal transferred sovereignty of Macau to China (1999), and federal district judge John Jones III ruled that teaching ‘intelligent design’ violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District (2005). And Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria as the oldest monarch in English history, on the same day Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Suzanne Bloch was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art (2007).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::