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

Hernando de Soto entered Tulu territory in what is now western Arkansas today (1541). Also, Mozart’s The Magic Flute debuted (1791), Britain’s first tram service began running in Birkenhead (1860), Thomas Edison’s first commercial hydroelectric power plant began operating on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin (1882), Evelyn Wood opened the new Gresham’s School (1903), the Royal Galician Academy was formed in Havana, Cuba (1905), and moved to A Coruña, Spain (1906), the McKinley National Memorial was dedicated in Canton, Ohio (1907), Babe Ruth became the first Major League Baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a single season (1927), South Africa’s Die Voortrekkers youth movement was founded (1931), the Hoover Dam was dedicated (1935), the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers began the first televised World Series (1947), the Berlin Airlift ended (1949), the USS Nautilus was commissioned as the world’s first nuclear reactor powered vessel (1954), James Dean died in a car accident at age 24 (1955), César Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association, now the United Farm Workers, on the same day James Meredith became the first black American to attend the University of Mississippi (1962), the British protectorate of Bechuanaland gained independence and became the Republic of Botswana (1966), BBC Radio 1 was launched and BBC Light Programme, Third Programme and Home Service were replaced with BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4, respectively (1967), the Boeing 747 was shown to the public for the first time (1968), Roberto Clemente recorded his 3000th and final career hit (1972), the Apollo program’s ALSEP experiment packages left on the Moon were shut down due to budget cuts and dwindling power reserves (1977), the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway began operations (1979), Xerox, Intel, and Digital Equipment Corporation published the Ethernet specifications (1980), Mossad agents in Rome kidnapped former technician Mordechai Vanunu, who had revealed details of Israel’s secret nuclear program to the British media (1986), the Dalai Lama unveiled the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Ottawa (1990), 9748 people died as a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Latur, India (1993), the London Underground’s Aldwych Station, originally the Strand Station, closed after 88 years, as did the Ongar Station, the most distant from central London (1994), the first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat were taken 600 miles south of Tokyo (2004), and the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published controversial drawings of Muhammad that sparked outrage across the Islamic world (2005). And at least 1115 people died as a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra (2009).

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