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

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake on Crete triggered a tsunami that killed 50,000 people in and around Alexandria, Egypt today (365). Also, Qing Dynasty regent Dorgon ordered all Han Chinese men to shave their foreheads and braid their hair in the Manchu style (1645), Leopold I became Belgium’s first king (1831), workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania began a sympathy strike in support of the Great Railroad Strike (1877), 12 people died as the Wingfoot Air Express dirigible crashed into the Illinois Trust and Savings Building in Chicago (1919), Tennessee teacher John Scopes was convicted and fined $100 for teaching evolution (1925), the U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty (1949), Elijah “Pumpsie” Green became the first African-American to play for the Boston Red Sox, the last Major League Baseball team to integrate (1959), Egypt’s Aswan High Dam was completed (1970), Israeli Mossad agents killed a waiter in Lillehammer, Norway whom they falsely believed was involved in the Munich Olympics Massacre (1973), Vostok Station, Antarctica recorded a record low temperature of -128.6Β°F (1983), 11 people died in falls from an overcrowded walkway after a fireworks display on Okura Beach in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan (2001). And British closed-circuit TV cameras recorded four failed suicide bombers attempting to attack the London transportation system (2005). And the Space Shuttle Program ended with the landing of Atlantis after mission STS-135 (2011).

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