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

The Nika Riots that would destroy half the city and leave over 10,000 dead erupted in Constantinople today (532). Also, Spain’s loan default collapsed the Bank of Genoa (1607), the Great Fire of New Orleans began (1830), the Treaty of Cahuenga ended the Mexicanโ€“American War in California (1847), U.S. Marines landed in Honolulu to enforce the Bayonet Convention (1893), ร‰mile Zola exposed the Dreyfus Affair in his open letter J’accuse (1898), 171 people died when a fire swept through the Rhoads Opera House in Boyertown, Pennsylvania (1908), a New York Metropolitan Opera House performance of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana was transmitted as the first public radio broadcast (1910), 29,800 people died as a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Avezzano, Italy (1915), 71 people died as the Black Friday Bushfires consumed over 7700 square miles in Victoria, Australia (1939), Helmut Schenk became the first pilot to bail out of his aircraft with an ejection seat (1942), 100 people died as anti-Muslim riots erupted in Kolkata, India (1964), President Lyndon Johnson appointed Robert Weaver, the first black American to serve in a cabinet post, as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1966), 78 people including 4 motorists died when Air Florida Flight 90 crashed onto Washington D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge (1982), 428 people died when a passenger train plunged into a ravine in Ethiopia (1985), Virginia’s Douglas Wilder was inaugurated as the nation’s first elected black governor (1990), and 944 people died as a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck El Salvador (2001). And 32 people died while 4200 passengers and crew were rescued after the Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy (2012).

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::