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

At the urging of his wife Aelia Eudocia, Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II founded the University of Constantinople today (425). Also, the Treaty of Berwick expelled the French from Scotland (1560), William Dampier sighted New Britain (1700), the District of Columbia Organic Act placed D.C. under the jurisdiction of Congress (1801), Lord Byron defended Luddite resistance to industrialization in his first address to the House of Lords (1812), the Dominican Republic gained independence (1844), Abraham Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address gained him national attention (1860), Japanese merchant ships began flying her current flag (1870), the British Labour Party was founded (1900), the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment in Leser v. Garnett (1922), the Reichstag Fire paved the way for Nazi dominance in Germany (1933), the U.S. Supreme Court held that sit-down strikes violate business owners’ property rights in National Labor Relations Board v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corp. (1939), Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discovered carbon-14 (1940), 74 miners died when the Smith Mine #3 exploded near Bearcreek, Montana (1943), the Twenty-second Amendment was ratified (1951), Juan Bosch became the Dominican Republic’s first fairly-elected president (1963), the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee, South Dakota (1973), television coverage of U.S. Senate debates began on a trial basis (1986), the Caracazo riots erupted in Caracas, Venezuela (1989), the bombing of Superferry 14 killed 116 people in Manila Bay on the same day the John Jay Report detailed the scope of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the U.S. (2004), and the Chinese stock bubble burst with a 9% drop on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (2007). And over 500 people died when a magnitude 8.8 earthquake triggered a tsunami off the coast of central Chile (2010).

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