Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
The Sixth Ecumenical Council began today (680). Also, the first issue of the London Gazette was published (1665), the Stoughton Musical Society was founded as the first such group in the U.S. (1786), Alton, Illinois abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy was murdered by a mob who then destroyed his print shop for the third and final time (1837), a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly introduced the elephant as the symbol for the GOP (1874), the Last Spike ceremony at Craigellachie, British Columbia completed Canada’s first transcontinental railway (1885), Colorado became the second state, after Wyoming, to guarantee women the right to vote (1893), Jesús García saved Nacozari de Garcia, Mexico by driving burning train loaded with dynamite four miles out of town before it exploded (1907), Robert “Butch Cassidy” Parker and Harry “Sundance Kid” Longabaugh died in a shootout with police in San Vicente, Bolivia (1908), the Wright Brothers carried the first air freight shipment from Dayton to Columbus for Ohio department store owner Max Moorehouse (1910), the Deutsche Opernhaus, now Deutsche Oper Berlin, opened with a performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio (1912), The New Republic premiered (1914), Montana’s Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. House (1916), the worldwide influenza epidemic reached Western Samoa, where it would kill over 7500 people by the year’s end (1918), J. Edgar Hoover directed the arrests of over 10,000 dissidents in 23 U.S. cities in the first Palmer Raid (1919), New York City’s Museum of Modern Art opened (1929), the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, remembered as Galloping Gertie, collapsed during a windstorm (1940), President Franklin Roosevelt was reelected to his fourth term (1944), the U.N. General Assembly called for Britain, France, and Israel to withdraw their troops from Egypt to resolve the Suez Crisis (1956), President Dwight Eisenhower’s Science Advisory Committee presented the Gaither Report, Deterrence & Survival in the Nuclear Age, calling for improved fallout shelters and more nuclear missiles (1957), 11 German miners were rescued two weeks after a cave-in, in what became known as the Wunder von Lengede (1963), Cleveland’s Carl Stokes was elected the first black mayor of a major U.S. City, on the same day President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act that established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (1967), Congress overrode President Richard Nixon’s veto of the War Powers Resolution (1973), the Armed Resistance Unit set off a bomb in Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol Building (1983), Singapore’s first Mass Rapid Transit line opened (1987), Virginia’s Douglas Wilder was elected the first black governor of a U.S. state, on the same day David Dinkins was elected the first black mayor of New York City (1989), Mary Robinson was elected the first female President of Ireland (1990), Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV positive and retired from the NBA (1991), the University of North Carolina’s WXYC launched the first internet radio broadcast (1994), NASA launched the Mars Global Surveyor (1996), Hillary Clinton became the first First Lady to be elected to public office, on the same day Texas Gov. George W. Bush claimed victory over Vice President Al Gore in the presidential election, and the same day the DEA found one of the country’s largest LSD labs in an abandoned missile silo in Wamego, Kansas (1980), Belgium’s national airline, SABENA, filed for bankruptcy (2001), and 9 people died as a gunman opened fire at the Jokela High School in Tuusula, Finland (2007). And 52 people died as a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala (2012).
Good morning! ::hugggggs::