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

The Catholic University of Leuven was founded today (1425). Also, Juan Diego reported his first vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe (1531), Noah Webster began publishing New York City’s first daily newspaper, American Minerva (1793), North America’s first YMCA was founded in MontrΓ©al (1851), P.B.S. Pinchback became Governor of Louisiana for 35 days until the special election to replace resigned Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth, making Pinchback the first black governor of a U.S. state (1872), Marguerite Durand founded Paris’ feminist daily newspaper La Fronde (1897), the Chamber of Deputies passed France’s Law on the Separation of Churches and the State (1905), 84 miners died in an explosion at the Cross Mountain Mine near Briceville, Tennessee (1911), Gabriel Narutowicz was elected the first President of Poland (1922), journalist Walter Liggett was murdered in Minneapolis after writing an exposΓ© on organized crime connections in the state’s government (1935), the Nuremberg “Doctor’s Trial” began (1946), General Electric announced that all communists would be fired from the company (1953), Robert Welch, Fred Koch, and 10 others founded the John Birch Society (1958), Coronation Street premiered on Britain’s Granada TV and would become the world’s longest-running soap opera (1960), Tanganyika gained independence (1961), Congress established Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park (1962), witnesses in six states reported a fireball that crashed near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania (1965), Douglas Englebart presented the computer mouse, hypertext, and the bit-mapped graphical user interface in what is known as “The Mother of all Demos” (1968), the World Health Organization certified the eradication of smallpox (1979), the First Intifada began in the Gaza Strip and West Bank (1987), the Michael Hughes Bridge opened in Sligo, Ireland (1988), and 7 people including the suicide bomber were killed in Moscow’s Red Square (2003). And Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested for attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by President-elect Barack Obama (2008).

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