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

Guangwu restored China’s Han Dynasty after the 14-year Xin Dynasty collapsed today (25). Also, John de Menteith turned William Wallace over to English troops near Glasgow, Scotland (1305), attendants of James VI killed brothers John and Alexander Ruthven in a mysterious event known as the Gowrie Conspiracy (1600), the Mayflower left Southampton, England on her first attempt to reach the New World (1620), New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger was acquitted on charges of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that Zenger’s stories were true (1735), a crew led by Cyrus West Field completed the first transatlantic telegraph cable (1858), the U.S. government levied the first tax on income, on the same day the U.S. Army abolished flogging (1861), Japan’s postal savings system was launched (1874), Standard Oil of New Jersey was founded (1882), the cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty was laid (1884), Bertha Benz drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back, the first long distance automobile trip, following a route now marked as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route (1888), Iranian King Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar agreed to convert his government to a constitutional monarchy (1906), the first electric traffic light was installed in Cleveland, Ohio (1914), Wales’ Plaid Cymru party was formed with its original platform to preserve the Welsh language (1925), 6000 people died as a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Ambato, Ecuador, on the same day 13 firefighters died in Montana’s Mann Gulch Fire (1949), ABC’s American Bandstand debuted (1957), Burkina Faso gained independence (1960), Nelson Mandela began a prison term that would last 28 years (1962), Mariner 7 made its closest fly-by of Mars (1969), the first Pacific Islands Forum was held in Wellington, New Zealand (1971), President Ronald Reagan fired over 11,000 striking air traffic controllers (1981), the Sandinista National Liberation Front won the general elections in Nicaragua (1989), and 33 miners were trapped 2300 feet underground in CopiapΓ³, Chile (2010). And six people were killed by a gunman at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin (2012).

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