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

Believing them the cause of the Black Plague, the residents of Basel, Switzerland rounded up and burned the city’s Jewish population today (1349). Also, the judges’ investigations for the trial of Joan of Arc began in Rouen, France (1431), Philip Astley staged the first modern circus in London (1768), Connecticut became our fifth state (1788), Horatio Nelson was buried at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London (1806), Humphry Davy tests his miner’s lamp at the Hebburn Colliery (1816), the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype process (1839), the Great Gale struck Oregon and Washington with heavy wind and snow (1880), the first battery-operated telephone switchboard was installed in Lexington, Massachusetts (1894), Juan de la Cierva made the first autogyro flight (1923), “Black Dahlia” Elizabeth Short was seen alive for the last time (1947), Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser began construction on the Aswan Dam (1960), and Mahmoud Abbas was elected replace Yasser Arafat as President of the Palestinian National Authority (2005). And Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone (2007).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::