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

Charles I dissolved England’s Parliament and began his 11-year Personal Rule today (1629). Also, a formal ceremony in St. Louis marked the official transfer of the Louisiana Territory from France to the U.S. (1804), French King Louis-Philippe established the French Foreign Legion (1831), the Senate approved the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War (1848), Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call, saying “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” (1876), Almon Strowger patented the device that led to automatic telephone circuit switching (1891), 1099 French miners died in a dust explosion in CourriΓ¨res (1906), 115 people were killed when an earthquake struck Long Beach, California (1933), 300,000 Tibetans surround the Dalai Lama’s palace to prevent his removal by the Chinese (1959), James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1969), astronomers discovered the Rings of Uranus (1977), the NASDAQ index reached 5132.52, the final peak of the dot-com boom (2000), and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter went into orbit around the red planet (2006). And The New York Times broke the story of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal (2008).

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