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

Francisco Pizarro’s conquistadors arrived in Cajamarca, in what is now Peru, today (1533). Also, James Bruce reached Gish Abay, the source of the Blue Nile (1770), Colombian nationalist Policarpa Salavarrieta was executed for spying during the Spanish Reconquista (1817), Nellie Bly began her quest to travel around the world in 80 days (1889), Arthur Burrows read the BBC’s first news broadcast (1922), the New Musical Express published Britain’s first Top 12 singles’ chart (1952), state and local police raided an organized crime meeting in Apalachin, New York (1957), the Congress of Colombia declared the “Day of the Colombian Woman” on the 150th anniversary of the death of Policarpa Salavarrieta, on the same day Theodore Maiman patented the first laser (1967), Shenouda III became Pope of Alexandria, on the same day Mariner 9 entered orbit around Mars (1971), President Jimmy Carter issued an executive order freezing all Iranian assets in the U.S. ten days after the seizure of U.S. hostages in Tehran (1979), Solidary leader Lech Wałęsa was released after 11 months confinement (1982), the signing of the German-Polish Border Treaty finalized the Oder-Neisse Line established after World War II (1990), the U.S. government shut down in a budget standoff between President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich (1995), Michael Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David Rabinowitz discovered the Trans-Neptunian Object 90377 Sedna (2003), and the first G-20 economic summit opened in Washington, D.C. (2008). And 23-year-old Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver ever to win the Formula One World Driver’s Championship (2010).


Good morning! ::hugggggs::