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

Tradition holds that Emperor Jimmu founded Japan today (660 BCE). Also, Henry VIII was recognized as supreme head of the Church of England (1531), Benjamin Franklin opened the Pennsylvania Hospital (1752), the Religious Society of Friends petitioned Congress to abolish slavery (1790), the U.S. Senate opened its proceedings to the public (1794), Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry tarred redistricting with his namesake gerrymandering (1812), University College London was founded (1826), Gaetano Donizetti’s La Fille du RΓ©giment regiment premiered (1840), as did Giuseppe Verdi’s I Lombardi (1843), Japan adopted the Meiji Constitution and convened her first Diet (1889), Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony premiered (1903), Emma Goldman was arrested for lecturing on birth control (1916), General Motors ended a sit-down strike by recognizing the United Auto Workers (1937), BBC Television broadcast the first science-fiction TV program, Karel Capek’s R.U.R., which coined the term “robot” (1938), Glenn Miller was presented the first gold record for “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (1943), the Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, now South Yemen, was created as a British protectorate (1959), the Islamic Revolution of Iran established a theocracy under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (1979), the Constitution of the Philippines took effect (1987), and Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years as a political prisoner (1990). And Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned amidst the Arab Spring protests (2011).

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