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

Christopher Columbus received his commission of exploration today (1492). Also, George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States (1789), negotiating in Paris for the sale of New Orleans, Robert Livingston accepted the French offer to sell the entire Louisiana Territory to the U.S. for $15 million (1803), the Territory of Orleans became the 18th state, Louisiana (1812), Nicaragua declared independence (1838), Governor David Hill signed the law creating the Niagara Reservation, New York’s first state park (1885), Coxey’s Army reached Washington, D.C. to protest the unemployment caused by the Panic of 1893 (1894), engineer Casey Jones died while saving all of his passengers aboard the Cannonball Express after a collision with a freight train near Vaughn, Mississippi (1900), Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford left the first celebrity footprints in concrete outside the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood (1927), Porky’s Hare Hunt debuted and introduced Happy Rabbit, a prototype of Bugs Bunny, on the same day Huddersfield Town and Preston North End played in the first televised FA Cup Final (1938), NBC began regularly scheduled television service in New York City with the broadcast of President Franklin Roosevelt’s opening day ceremonial address at the New York World’s Fair (1939), Adolf Hitler and his bride Eva Braun committed suicide as Soviet troops raised a victory banner over the Reichstag in Berlin (1945), 18 people died as an F4 tornado struck Warner Robins, Georgia (1953), the Bristol Bus Boycott was held to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company’s refusal to hire black or Asian bus crews (1963), President Richard Nixon announced the resignations of White House aides H.R. Haldeman, John Erlichman, and several others associated with the Watergate Scandal (1974), South Vietnamese President Duong Van Minh offered the unconditional surrender that formally ended the Vietnam War (1975), Beatrix became Queen of the Netherlands upon the abdication of her mother Juliana (1980), CERN announced that World Wide Web protocols would be free (1980), President Bill Clinton visited Northern Ireland (1995), the U.S. media released photographs of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib (2004), skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia were confirmed to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters (2008), and Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on the same day 7 people were killed and 17 injured when a man drove his car into the Queen’s Day Parade in the Netherlands, and the same day 12 people were killed and 13 wounded by a spree shooter at the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy (2009). And Willem-Alexander will be the Netherlands’ first king in 123 years upon the abdication of his mother Beatrix, today (2013).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::