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

Boston, Massachusetts was founded today (1630). Also, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s letter to the Royal Society describing “animalcules” marked the first known description of protozoa (1683), the Presidio of San Francisco was founded (1776), the United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia (1787), Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery (1849), in San Francisco, the eccentric but ultimately beloved Joseph Norton declared himself “Emperor of these United States” (1859), as a passenger aboard the Wright Flyer piloted by Orville Wright, Thomas Selfridge became the first person to die in an airplane crash (1908), Taisto Mäki broke the 30-minute barrier for the 10,000-meter run with a time of 29:52.6 (1939), at least 118 people died as a fire swept through the SS Noronic in Toronto Harbor (1949), Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena opened as the world’s first retractable-dome stadium (1961), NASA unveiled the first Space Shuttle, Enterprise (1976), Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David Accords (1978), Poland’s nationwide independent trade union Solidarity was established (1980), Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America (1983), John Paul II embraced an AIDS-infected boy while visiting San Francisco (1987), the first version of the Linux kernel was released online (1991), Alaska’s Fourpeaked Mountain erupted for the first time in at least 10,000 years (2006), and AOL, once the world’s largest ISP, announced that it would change its focus to advertising (2007). And the Occupy Wall Street movement began in New York City’s Zuccotti Park (2011).


Good morning! ::hugggggs::