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

Queen Isabella issued the Alhambra Decree forcing Jews and Muslims to convert to Christianity or be expelled from Castille today (1492). Also, Benjamin Hoadly’s sermon “The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ” sparked the Bangorian Controversy on rule by divine right (1717), the British Parliament passed the Boston Port Act, closing the port in response to the Boston Tea Party (1774), Commodore Matthew Perry and Japanese negotiator Hayashi Akira signed the Convention of Kanagawa (1854), the Eiffel Tower opened (1889), the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States, now the National Collegiate Athletic Association, was established (1906), the keel was laid for the RMS Titanic (1909), clocks were turned ahead as the U.S. began the first Daylight Savings Time (1918), the Motion Pictures Production Code began censorship rules for U.S. movies (1930), Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne died in a plane crash on the same day 2000 people were killed when an earthquake struck Managua, Nicaragua (1931), the Civilian Conservation Corps was established (1933), the Dominion of Newfoundland became the 10th Province of Canada (1949), Remington Rand delivered the first UNIVAC I computer to the Census Bureau (1951), Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso crossed into India and was granted political asylum (1959), a coup d’Γ©tat deposed Brazilian President JoΓ£o Goulart and began 21 years of military dictatorship (1964), the Soviet Luna 10 became the first space probe to enter lunar orbit (1966), the last British soldier left Malta (1979), the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operated its last train before closing due to bankruptcy (1980), Madison Square Garden hosted the first WrestleMania (1985), 200,000 people protested in London against Britain’s new per-capita Poll Tax (1990), Georgians approved a referendum of independence from the Soviet Union (1991), Nature reported the discovery of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull (1994), and singer Selena was murdered by a friend and employee who was embezzling money from her boutiques (1995). And four Blackwater private military contractors were ambushed and killed in Iraq (2004).

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