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

The Dutch East India Company was established today (1602). Also, Sir Walter Raleigh was freed after 13 years’ imprisonment in the Tower of London (1616), the Great Fire destroyed 349 buildings in Boston (1760), populist protests across Germany drove Bavarian King Ludwig I to abdicate (1848), Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published (1852), the Republican Party was formed (1854), the first 11 nations signed the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (1883), Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity (1916), the Senate ratified the peace treaty that ended World War II with Japan (1952), Tunisia gained independence (1956), the European Space Research Organization, now the European Space Agency, was established (1964), Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (1985), the Food and Drug Administration approves the anti-AIDS drug, AZT (1987), 12 people died and over 1300 were injured in the Tokyo subway sarin gas attack (1995), and Legoland California opened in Carlsbad (1999). And the United States and three allies invaded Iraq (2003).


Good morning! ::hugggggs::