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

The Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England today (1284). Also, Andrea Palladio’s Olympic Theatre was inaugurated in Vicenza (1585), Congress passed the Missouri Compromise (1820), Florida became our 27th state (1845), Alexander II signed the Emancipation Manifesto freeing Russia’s serfs (1861), the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation opened (1865), Congress enacts the Comstock Law making it illegal to send “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” materials by mail (1873), Georges Bizet’s Carmen premiered in Paris on the same day organized indoor ice hockey premiered in Montrรฉal (1875), J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announced he would retire from business to devote all his time to philanthropy (1910), thousands marched in Washington D.C.’s Women’s Suffrage Parade (1913), the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, now NASA, was established (1915), TIME magazine debuted (1923), the Ottoman Empire’s Abdul Mejid II was deposed, ending the 1400 year caliphate and inaugurating modern Turkey (1924), Congress adopted The Star Spangled Banner as our national anthem (1931), oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia (1938), Jackie Brenston recorded “Rocket 88,” widely regarded as the first rock-and-roll record, with the Ike Turner band (1951), the USS Nautilus was decommissioned after over 25 years in service (1980), 177 people were killed and over a million left homeless by a magnitude 8.3 earthquake in Chile’s Valparaรญso Region (1985), an amateur video recorded the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers on the same day voters in Estonia and Latvia approved referendums of independence (1991), Auckland, New Zealand’s Sky Tower opened (1997), and Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev merged into InBev, the world’s largest brewer (2004). And the Historical Archive of the City of Cologne collapsed, burying records dating back to the Middle Ages and whose fate is still unknown (2009).

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