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

China’s Song Dynasty began with the coronation of Emperor Taizu of Song today (960). Also, the Electoral College unanimously elected George Washington as the first President of the United States (1789), the French legislature abolished slavery in all territories of the French Republic (1794), the magnitude 8.3 Riobamba earthquake shook Ecuador (1797), John Marshall was sworn in as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1801), the Ohio legislature authorized the building of the Ohio and Erie and the Miami and Erie Canals (1825), the Philippine-American War began (1899), the United Service Organization or USO was founded (1941), Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, gained independence within the British Commonwealth (1948), the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped Patty Hearst (1974), the Winter Olympics opened in Innsbruk, Austria, on the same day 22,000 people died as a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked Guatemala (1976), Milwaukee tied a record low temperature of -26ยฐF as a snowstorm paralyzed the Midwest (1996), four plainclothes New York City police officers shot unarmed immigrant Amadou Diallo (1999), Cancer Research UK was founded (2002), Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook (2004), and 78 people died in Manilla’s PhilSports Stadium stampede (2006). And the London Low Emission Zone plan began charging daily fees for vehicles in the city that do not meet tailpipe emissions standards (2008).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::