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

Octavian entered Alexandria, bringing Egypt into the Roman Republic today (30 BCE). Also, the Old Swiss Confederacy was formed (1291), Christopher Columbus reached Venezuela (1498), Joseph Priestley confirmed Carl Wilhelm Scheele’s discovery of oxygen (1774), the “New” London Bridge opened (1831), the Slavery Abolition Act took effect, ending slavery throughout the British Empire (1834), non-laborer slaves in most of the British Empire were emancipated (1838), as were laborer slaves (1840), whites in Philadelphia attacked blacks celebrating emancipation in the British West Indies, sparking the Lombard Street Riots (1842), John Birkbeck and seven other climbers completed the first ascent of Monte Rosa (1855), Colorado became our 38th state (1876), the U.S. and Canada formed the North American Air Defense Command, better known as NORAD (1957), Dahomey, now Benin, declared independence, on the same day Islamabad became the capital of Pakistan (1960), the Belgian Congo became the Democratic Republic of Congo (1964), a purge of intellectuals and dissidents began China’s Cultural Revolution (1966), the United Nations Security Council authorized the division of Cyprus (1974), Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was elected President of Iceland, making her the world’s first democratically elected head of state (1980), MTV premiered by planing the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1981), commercial peat cutters in Cheshire, England discovered the body of Lindow Man (1984), the Great Mississippi and Missouri Flood reached its peak (1993), and 394 people died in the Ycuá Bolaños supermarket fire in Asunción, Paraguay (2004). And 13 people died when Minneapolis’ I35-W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River (2007).

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