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

Peter the Great founded Saint Petersburg today (1703). Also, the Great Hall of London’s Euston Station opened (1849), 255 people died as an F4 tornado struck St. Louis and East St. Louis (1896), the bubonic plague broke out in earthquake-ravaged San Francisco (1907), Ford stopped making the Model T and began retooling to make the Model A (1927), New York City’s Chrysler Building opened (1930), President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Securities Act, on same day the Century of Progress World’s Fair opened in Chicago and Walt Disney released Three Little Pigs with the hit song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” (1933), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the National Industrial Recovery Act in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. U.S. (1935), the Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrian traffic (1937), the Dunkirk evacuation began (1940), President Franklin Roosevelt declared an “unlimited national emergency” on the same day the German battleship Bismark was sunk (1941), a coup d’Γ©tat removed President Celal Bayar and the rest of Turkey’s democratic government (1960), the Centralia Mine Fire was ignited by a landfill burn (1962), Australians approved the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginal People) referendum, authorizing the government to count indigenous peoples in the census and pass laws for their benefit (1967), Major League Baseball awarded MontrΓ©al the first non-U.S. franchise (1968), Chunsoft released Dragon Quest in Japan, setting the template for role-playing video games (1986), Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after falling from his horse in a competition (1995), 20 tornadoes struck central Texas, including an F5 that killed 20 people in Jarrell (1997), and the Islamist separatist group Abu Sayyaf seized 20 hostages from an affluent island resort on Palawan in the Philippines (2001). And almost 5800 people died as a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Java (2006).

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