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

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye reached the western shore of Lake Michigan today (1738). Also, Nicéphore Niépce received a patent for the world’s first internal combustion engine, his Pyréolophore (1807), British Columbia joined the confederation of Canada (1871), the Football Association allowed English soccer clubs to pay professional players (1885), the Ford Motor Company shipped its first car (1903), D.C. police fired tear gas at World War I-era Bonus Army veterans who were marching on the White House (1932), police fired on striking truck drivers, killing two and wounding 67, during the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike, on the same day Seattle police fired tear gas on striking longshoremen and the Oregon governor called up the National Guard to stop the West Coast Waterfront Strike (1934), the DOJ filed an anti-trust suit against the Hollywood ‘studio system’ (1938), California’s Arroyo Seco Parkway opened (1940), Col. Claus von Stauffenberg attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler (1944), Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the world’s first elected head of government (1960), the first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Chicago’s Soldier Field (1968), Apollo 11 touched down and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, on the same day a ceasefire between Honduras and El Salvador ended the six-day “Football War” (1969), Viking 1 landed on Mars (1976), 80 people died when a flash flood swept through Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on the same day the CIA released documents under the Freedom of Information Act that revealed Project MK-ULTRA (1978), Burma’s military junta placed Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest (1989), the fully restored USS Constitution set sail for the first time in 116 years (1997), and China banned the practice of Falun Gong (1999). And 12 people were killed and 58 wounded when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado (2012).

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::