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

Francis Drake claimed a land he called Nova Albion, now California, for England today (1579). Also, Mumtaz Mahal died in childbirth, prompting her husband, Mughal Shah Jahan I, to build her mausoleum: the Taj Majal (1631), Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reached the Mississippi River (1673), Juana Rangel de Cuรฉllar founded Cรบcuta, Colombia (1773), France’s Third Estate declared itself the National Assembly (1789), Kamehameha III issued the edict of toleration which gave Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands (1839), the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor (1885), the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps was established (1898), the College Board introduced the forerunner to the SAT (1901), President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act (1930), the Bonus Army of World War I veterans arrived in D.C. as the Senate began to debate their benefits (1932), Iceland declared independence and became a republic (1944), the Soviet Union ordered troops into Berlin to quell the East Germany Workers Uprising (1953), 19 workers died in the partial collapse of what is now Vancouver’s Ironworkers Memorial Bridge (1958), the U.S. Supreme Court barred mandatory public school prayer and Bible recitation in Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), President Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs (1971), five White House operatives were arrested for burgling and attempting to install listening devices in the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel (1972), and the South African Parliament repealed the Population Registration Act which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth, on the same day President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the arms control agreement later codified as START II (1991). And O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman (1994).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::