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

A popular myth holds that Dom Perignon invented Champagne today (1693). Also, 1400 people died when Japan’s Mount Asama erupted and another 20,000 would die in the resulting famine (1783), a U.S. tariff act created the Revenue Cutter Service, now the Coast Guard (1790), The Saturday Evening Post premiered (1821), the Hinomaru became the official flag for Japanese vessels (1854), the Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the River Thames opened (1902), as did Sydney, Australia’s Central Railway Station (1906), 100 people died as a magnitude 8.0 earthquake rocked the Dominican Republic (1946), the Supreme Court of Japan was established (1947), the first Billboard Hot 100 list was published (1958), the bodies of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney were found in an earthen dam in Mississippi (1964), the Constitution of Cook Islands took effect, giving the islands self-governing status within New Zealand (1965), President Jimmy Carter signed the law creating the Department of Energy (1977), the Federal Communications Commission rescinded the Fairness Doctrine (1987), Prime Minister Paul Martin announced that MichaΓ«lle Jean would be Canada’s 27th Governor General (2005), and Sri Lankan government forces murdered 17 employees of the French group Action Against Hunger (2006). And the Phoenix Mars probe was launched (2007).

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