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

Jesuit founders Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier were canonized today (1622). Also, Andrew Watson became the first black international soccer player when he captained Scotland in a match against England (1881), Vicksburg soda fountain operator Joseph Biedenharn sold the first bottle of Coca-Cola (1894), the Girl Guides, now the Girl Scouts USA, were founded (1912), Australia’s future capital was given the name Canberra (1913), Moscow became the capital of Russia (1918), over 600 people died in floods when California’s St. Francis Dam failed (1928), President Franklin Roosevelt gave his first “fireside chat” (1933), President Harry Truman outlined his doctrine of communist containment in a speech to Congress (1947), Mauritius gained independence (1968) and became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations (1992), a blizzard brought thunder snowstorms, tornadoes, high winds, and record low temperatures across the eastern U.S. (1993), the Church of England ordained their first female priests (1994), and South Korea’s National Assembly impeached President Roh Moo-Hyun (2004). And Wall Street financier Bernie Madoff pleaded guilty to scamming investors of over $18 billion (2009).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::