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

Thomas Becket was assassinated today (1170). Also, the Treaty of New Echota ceded all Cherokee lands east of the Mississippi to the U.S. (1835), Texas became the 28th state (1845), the first American YMCA opened in Boston (1851), U.S. soldiers killed over 200 Lakota and 25 of each other near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota (1890), Mongolia gained independence from China (1911), Muhammad Iqbal’s address in Allahabad introduced the Two-Nation Theory and outlined his vision for an independent Pakistan (1930), the Irish Free State became Ireland upon adopting her constitution (1937), Bridgeport, Connecticut’s KC2XAK became the first UHF television station to offer daily programming (1949), Richard Feynman’s “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” speech introduced the concept of nanotechnology on the same day the Lisbon Metro began operation (1959), a peace treaty ended the 36-year Guatemalan Civil War (1996), Hong Kong began slaughtering all of the nation’s 1.5 million chickens to halt the spread of a deadly avian flu (1997), and Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the 1970s Cambodian genocide (1998). And Marja Sergina, the last known fluent speaker of Akkala Sami, died, leaving the language almost extinct (2003).

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::