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

Manila’s San Agustin Church, the Philippine capital’s oldest, was completed today (1607). Also, the British House of Commons expelled John Wilkes for seditious libel (1764), Britain occupied the Cape of Good Hope (1806), Goethe’s Faust Part 1 premiered (1829), as did Verdi’s Il Trovatore (1853), and Ibsen’s The Master Builder (1893), 20 people were killed when German zeppelins bombed the English towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn, the first aerial bombardments of civilian targets (1915), the U.S. Senate voted not to join the League of Nations (1920), Coopers Inc. sold the world’s first men’s briefs, dubbed “Jockeys” (1935), 72% of all American televisions tuned to CBS for the “Lucy Goes to the Hospital” birthing episode of I Love Lucy (1953), 47 people died when a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Kinnaur district of India’s Himachal Pradesh state (1975), President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D’Aquino, better known as “Tokyo Rose,” on the same day the only recorded snow fell in Miami, Florida (1977), the last German-made Volkswagen Beetle left the assembly plant in Emden (1978), Basit Farooq Alvi and Amjad Farooq Alvi released the first IBM-PC virus, dubbed Brain, developed to copy-protect their software (1986), 828,000 gallons of home heating oil spilled into Block Island Sound when the tanker North Cape ran aground near South Kingstown, Rhode Island (1996), NASA launched the New Horizons probe on the first mission to Pluto (2006), and the Department of Justice shut down the MegaUpload file-sharing website (2012). And a pistol-wielding assailant attacked chairman Ahmed Dogan, who resigned his post later that day, at a televised congress of Bulgaria’s Movement for Rights and Freedoms Party (2013).

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