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

Boleslaus the Pious promulgated the Statute of Kalisz, protecting the personal and religious liberties of Polish Jews, today (1264). Also, Michelangelo’s David was unveiled in Florence (1504), VitΓ³ria, Brazil was founded (1551), 78 people, mostly children, died when a fire erupted in a barn during a puppet show in Burwell, England (1727), British King George III married German Duchess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1761), 33 employees of John Jacob Astor’s newly created Pacific Fur Company left New York aboard the Tonquin for the Oregon Territory (1810), 300 people died when the steamship Lady Elgin sank in Lake Michigan (1860), former President Ulysses Grant drove the “golden spike,” completing the Northern Pacific Railway (1883), Isaac Peral launched the first practical submarine, on the same day the first six professional English Football League matches were played, and the same day the body of Annie Chapman, Jack the Ripper’s second victim, was found (1888), the Pledge of Allegiance was recited for the first time (1892), 8000 people died when a Category 4 Hurricane struck Galveston, Texas (1900), 16-year-old Margaret Gorman became the first Miss America (1921), 3M began making Scotch transparent tape (1930), U.S. Senator Huey Long was shot and fatally wounded in the Louisiana State Capitol building (1935), U.S. troops occupied South Korea in response to the Soviet occupation of North Korea a month earlier (1945), the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization was established (1954), as was the Asian Institute of Technology (1959), President Dwight Eisenhower formally dedicated the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama (1960), Algeria adopted her constitution, on the same day the Evening Star made the final run of the Pines Express over the Somerset and Dorset Railway line (1962), Elizabeth II opened the Severn Bridge, on the same day Star Trek premiered on NBC (1967), Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened with the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (1971), President Gerald Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon (1974), decorated Vietnam veteran Leonard Matlovich appeared in his Air Force uniform on the cover of Time with the caption “I Am a Homosexual” (1975), wildfires forced the first-ever closure of Yellowstone National Park (1988), the Republic of Macedonia gained independence (1991), and NASA’s Genesis space probe crash landed in Utah after its parachute failed to open, although many of its solar wind samples were recovered (2004). And two EMERCOM Il-76 jets arrived at a disaster relief staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base, the first time Russian aircraft had flown such a mission to North America (2005).


Good morning! ::hugggggs::