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

Five Canterbury monks may have seen the Moon’s Giordano Bruno crater being formed today (1178). Also, the Parliament of Ireland held their first documented meeting at Castledermot in County Kildare (1264), an English court revoked the charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1684), Samuel Wallis saw Tahiti (1767), British and Prussian armies defeated the French at Waterloo, forcing Napoleon Bonaparte’s second and final abdication (1815), Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election (1873), the first 781 Japanese immigrants arrived in Brazil, on the same day the University of the Philippines was founded (1908), Checker Taxi began operations (1923), Winston Churchill gave his “Finest Hour” speech (1940), the overthrow of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty marked the birth of Egypt’s republic (1953), the U.S. and Soviet Union signed the SALT II Treaty (1979), Sally Ride became the first female U.S. astronaut to fly into space, on the same day Mona Mahmudnizhad and nine other Iranian women were executed for practicing the Bahá’í religion (1983), Unabomber Ted Kaczynski was indicted (1996), Kazakhstan’s first satellite, KazSat, was launched (2006), and nine South Carolina firefighters died in the Charleston Sofa Super Store fire (2007). And NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched (2009).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::