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

Henry IV of France issued the Edict of Nantes allowing freedom of religion to the Huguenots today (1598). Also, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah premiered (1742), the Roman Catholic Relief Act gave British Catholics the right to vote and hold seats in Parliament (1829), Hungary became a republic (1849), the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded (1870), armed whites protesting an electoral defeat killed at least 62 blacks in Colfax, Louisiana (1873), James C. Penney opened his first store (1902), British troops killed at least 379 unarmed demonstrators in Amritsar, India on the same day Eugene Debs was imprisoned for having spoken against the draft during World War I (1919), the Jefferson Memorial was dedicated (1943), CIA director Allen Dulles launched Project MK-ULTRA (1953), pianist Van Cliburn won the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1958), Sidney Poitier became the first black male to win the Academy Awards’ Best Actor prize, for his role in Lilies of the Field (1964), an oxygen tank exploded aboard Apollo 13, en route to the Moon (1970), Western Union, NASA, and Hughes Aircraft cooperated to launch Westar 1, the first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite (1974), the Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar bill as part of the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration (1976), Portugal and China signed an agreement for the return of Macao at the end of the 20th century (1987), and 250 million gallons of water flooded basements and underground structures throughout the Loop after a damaged utility wall collapsed under the Chicago River (1992). And Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win The Masters (1997).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::