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

The Islamic prophet Muhammad died today (632). Also, Vikings raided the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, beginning the Scandinavian invasion of England (793), Iceland’s Laki volcano began an eight-month eruption that would kill 9000 people and trigger a seven-year famine (1783), James Madison introduced twelve constitutional amendments in the House of Representatives, ten of which would be adopted as the Bill of Rights and another, over two centuries later, as the Twenty-seventh Amendment (1789), 194 descendants of the HMS Bounty mutineers on Pitcarin Island began the Third Settlement of Norfolk Island (1856), Herman Hollerith applied for a patent for his punched card calculator (1887), President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act (1906), Carl Laemmle incorporated Universal Pictures (1912), Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald appointed Margaret Bondfield as Minister of Labour, making her the first woman to hold a British cabinet post (1929), Milton Berle hosted the debut of Texaco Star Theater (1948), an FBI report named Helen Keller, Dorothy Parker, Danny Kaye, Fredric March, John Garfield, Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson as Communist Party members, on the same day George Orwell’s 1984 was published (1949), 116 people died as an F5 tornado struck Beecher, Michigan, on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co., Inc. that D.C. restaurants could not refuse to serve black patrons (1953), 16 people died as an F5 tornado struck Topeka, Kansas (1966), AP photographer Nick Ut snapped his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of naked 9-year-old Phan Thα»‹ Kim PhΓΊc running down a road after being burned by napalm (1972), Elizabeth II gave royal assent to the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act (1987), the first World Ocean Day was celebrated (1992), and the first Venus Transit since 1882 occurred (2004). And 9 people died as floods struck Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (2007).


Good morning! ::hugggggs::