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

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés founded St. Augustine, Florida, today (1565). Also, Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay (1609), William Herschel discovered Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons (1789), the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Tom Thumb raced a horse-drawn carriage (1830), William IV assented to the Slavery Abolition Act (1833), Scientific American premiered (1845), the U.S. took possession of the unoccupied Midway Atoll (1867), Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi-Cola (1898), Wilhelmina opened the Peace Palace in The Hague (1913), ten suffragettes were arrested while picketing at the White House (1917), Toyota Motors separated from the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works (1937), Nippon Television broadcast Japan’s first TV show (1953), Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi, galvanizing the civil rights movement (1955), Strom Thurmond set a Senate record with his 24-hour individual filibuster of the Civil Rights Act (1957), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C., on the same day Seattle’s Evergreen Point Bridge opened (1963), the arrest of a black woman whose car was stalled sparked three days of rioting in Philadelphia (1964), Chicago police rioted against demonstrators at the Democratic National Convention (1968), 70 people died when aircraft of Italy’s Frecce Tricolori aerobatic squadron collided in midair at the Ramstein Air Show (1988), 29 people died when an F5 tornado struck the cities of Plainfield and Joliet, Illinois (1990), Prince Charles and Lady Diana divorced (1996), Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a constitutional amendment to make the Qur’an and Sunnah the nation’s supreme law, although the bill was later defeated in the Senate (1998), and poor maintenance triggered a blackout that left 500,000 Londoners without power (2003). And 49 Americans and one Canadian died as Hurricane Irene swept up the East Coast, bringing the storm’s total death toll to 56 (2011).


Good morning! ::hugggggs::