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

The Easter rebellion against France, known as the Sicilian Vespers, began today (1282). Also, Joachim Murat issued the Rimini Declaration that inspired Italian Unification (1814), the U.S. created the Florida Territory (1822), Dr. Crawford Long introduced ether anesthesia for surgery (1842), Border Ruffians from Missouri forced the election of a pro-slavery state legislature in Kansas (1855), the Treaty of Paris ended the Crimean War (1856), Secretary of State William Seward purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million or about 2 cents per acre (1867), Texas was readmitted to the Union (1870), New York City’s Queensboro Bridge opened (1909), the University of Southern Mississippi was established (1910), the Treaty of Fez made Morocco a French protectorate (1912), rioting broke out in ReykjavΓ­k’s AusturvΓΆllur Square to protest Iceland joining NATO (1949), Toronto’s Yonge Street subway line opened (1954), the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was signed (1961), the first Land Day Protests were held in Israeli-controlled Palestine (1976), and John Hinckley shot White House Press Secretary James Brady, D.C. police officer Thomas Delahanty, Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy, and finally President Ronald Reagan (1981). And Elizabeth II gave Royal Assent to the Terrorism Act (2006).

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