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

Five French villages were destroyed and three others badly damaged when the north face of Mont Granier collapsed today (1248). Also, Abel Tasman found the island that now bears his name (1642), the Texas Provincial Government authorized the mounted police now known as the Texas Rangers (1835), Charles Darwin published Origin of the Species (1859), the Massillon Tigers 13-6 victory over their rival Canton Bulldogs for the Ohio League championship would be marred by unproven charges that Canton had thrown the game in a betting scandal (1906), the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory opened (1932), 353 people died as a blizzard dubbed “The Storm of the Century” swept up the Appalachians from South Carolina to New Hampshire (1950), the news satire show That Was The Week That Was premiered on the BBC with host David Frost (1962), Jack Ruby shot accused Kennedy assassin Lee Oswald on national television in the basement of the Dallas Police Department (1963), Joseph Désiré Mobutu seized power in the Congo, now Zaire, where he would rule for 30 years (1967), a hijacker calling himself D.B. Cooper leaped from a Northwest Orient airliner over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom money and was never seen again (1971), in response to the OPEC oil embargo, Germany briefly imposed a speed limit on the Autobahn (1973), Donald Johanson and Tom Gray found a 40% complete skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis in Ethopia’s Awash Valley, and would name her “Lucy” after the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky on Diamonds” (1974), and at least 4000 people died as the magnitude 7.3 Çaldıran-Muradiye Earthquake struck Turkey (1976). And 112 workers died as a fire swept through a garment factory in factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2012).

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