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

Bridget Bishop became the first alleged witch to be executed in the Salem Witch Trials today (1692). Also, 100,000 people died when a dam on the Dadu River collapsed ten days after an earthquake in China’s Sichuan province (1786), the Jardin des Plantes museum opened in Paris (1793), the universities of Oxford and Cambridge held their first Boat Race (1829), 28 Aboriginal Australians were murdered in the Myall Creek Massacre (1838), the first class graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (1854), the League of Prizren was established to oppose the decisions of the Congress of Berlin and the Treaty of San Stephano partitioning the Balkans (1878), 153 people died and New Zealand’s Pink and White Terraces were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Tarawera (1886), the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire began (1916), the United Church of Canada held their inaugural service in the Toronto Arena (1925), Robert Smith and Bill Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonymous in Akron, Ohio on the same day a truce ended the three-year Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay (1932), 15-year old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds became the youngest player ever to appear in a Major League Baseball game (1944), Saab produced its first automobile (1947), John Diefenbaker led the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada to an upset victory, ending 22 years of Liberal Party rule (1957), a ceasefire between Israel and Syria ended the Six Day War (1967), James Earl Ray escaped from Tennessee’s Brushy Mountain State Prison and would be recaptured three days later (1977), British Airways Flight 5390 made a successful emergency landing with no lives lost after a window blowout sucked Captain Tim Lancaster halfway out of the cockpit (1990), peace talks begin in Northern Ireland without the participation of Sinn FΓ©in (1996), John Paul II canonized Lebanon’s first female saint, Saint Rafqa (2001), and Kevin Warwick tested the first direct electronic link between two human nervous systems (2002). And NASA’s Spirit Rover was launched (2003).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::