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

Francis Drake raided St. Augustine in Spanish Florida today (1586). Also, Christina abdicated the Swedish throne to become Catholic, and was succeeded by her cousin Charles X Gustav (1654), Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum opened as the world’s first university museum (1683), Sweden’s new constitution restored political power to the Rikstag and Charles XIII was elected to succeed Gustav IV Adolf as king (1809), Alexis St. Martin was accidentally shot in the stomach, enabling William Beaumont’s studies on digestion (1822), Andrew Jackson became the first sitting U.S. President to ride on a train (1833), the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in London (1844), Queensland became a separate Australian colony from New South Wales (1859), 100,000 people died as a cyclone drove a massive storm surge into Mumbai, India (1882), the Great Seattle Fire destroyed the city’s entire downtown area (1889), Chicago’s elevated commuter trains, the L, began operations (1892), Gov. Davis Waite ordered the Colorado state militia to protect and support miners in the Cripple Creek Strike (1894), Alaska’s Novarupta began the 20th century’s second-largest volcanic eruption (1912), London’s Southwark Bridge opened (1921), President Herbert Hoover signed the Revenue Act that established the first federal gasoline tax (1932), the first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey (1933), President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Securities Act that established the Securities and Exchange Commission (1934), Judge Joseph Crater, for 9 years “The Missingest Man in New York,” was declared legally dead (1939), U.S., British, and Canadian troops landed in Normandy (1944), the National Basketball Association was founded (1946), the Instrument of Govermnent addition to her constitution made Sweden a parliamentary monarchy (1974), three days after the Iraqi-ordered shooting of Ambassador Schlomo Argov in London Abu Nidal agents, Israel invaded Lebanon (1982), Tetris was released (1984), the grave of “Wolfgang Gerhard” was exhumed in Embu, Brazil and the remains would later be identified as those of Auschwitz “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele (1985), Mongolia held her first direct presidential elections (1993), a 10-meter wide near-Earth asteroid exploded over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya (2002), President Abdul Kalam and the Indian Parliament established Tamil as a classical language (2004), and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich (2005). And Philadelphia’s Comcast Center opened (2008).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::