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

President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act establishing the U.S. Post Office Department today (1792). Also, Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville premiered (1816), an earthquake leveled Concepción, Chile (1835), New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened (1872), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake premiered (1877), King O’Malley drove the first survey peg to mark start of the construction of Australia’s capital city of Canberra (1913), Congress approved construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (1931), Caroline Mikkelsen became the first woman to set foot on Antarctica (1935), movie studio executives agreed to censorship by the U.S. Office of War Information on the same day the Saturday Evening Post published the first of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms illustrations and Mexico’s Parícutin volcano began to form (1943), the Southwestern International League authorized Emmett Ashford as organized baseball’s first black umpire (1952), the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy became a permanent service academy (1956), John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth (1962), the U.S. Emergency Broadcast System was activated for an erroneous nationwide alert (1971), protesters in Tirana, Albania brought down a statute of long-time leader Enver Hoxha (1991), figure skater Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan (1998), and Spain becomes the first country to ratify the proposed Constitution of the European Union by referendum (2005). And 43 people died as heavy rains caused floods and mudslides on Portugal’s Madeira Island (2010).

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