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

William the Bastard became William the Conqueror after the Norman victory at Hastings today (1066). Also, Mary Queen of Scots went on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth I (1586), Massachusetts enacted the first punitive legislation against the Quakers, treating them as religious apostates and political subversives (1656), the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth established the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej, the world’s first department of education (1773), work began on London’s Regent’s Canal (1812), the University of the Punjab was founded (1882), George Eastman patented his paper-strip photographic film (1884), Louis Le Prince filmed the world’s first motion picture, Roundhay Garden Scene (1888), the Chicago Cubs won their last World Series to date (1908), Claude Grahame-White landed his Farman Aircraft biplane on Executive Avenue near the White House (1910), former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot and wounded while campaigning for the Progressive Party (1912), 439 miners died in a series of self-fueling explosions at Wales’ Senghenydd Colliery (1913), A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh was published (1926), Chuck Yeager became the first pilot to break the sound barrier in level flight (1947), Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to open an annual session of the Canadian Parliament (1957), the District of Columbia Bar Association voted to admit black members (1958), a U2 reconnaissance flight photographed Soviet missiles in Cuba (1962), the Montréal Metro opened (1966), the Apollo 7 crew offered the first live TV broadcast from space, on the same day Jim Hines broke the 10-second barrier in the 100m sprint at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, and a magnitude 6.8 earthquake rocked Meckering, Australia (1968), the fifty-pence coin marked the first step toward decimalizing British currency (1969), the Thai Student Uprising culminated in mass protests at the Presidential Palace and the dismissal of military dictator Thanom Kittikachorn (1973), the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights marked the first march for LGBT equality in Washington, D.C. (1979), President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the War on Drugs (1982), PLO leader Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on the Oslo Accords (1994), Eric Rudolph was charged with six bombings including the Centennial Olympic Park Bombing in Atlanta (1998), Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman’s attempt to catch a foul ball that was still in play preceded the Cubs’ loss to the Florida Marlins in the National League Championship Series (2003), and an on-field brawl resulted in the suspensions of 31 Florida International University and University of Miami football players (2006). And Felix Baumgartner set records for altitude in a manned balloon, highest altitude parachute jump, and highest free-fall velocity when he leaped from the stratosphere at 128,018 feet (2012).


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