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

Hakīm Abu’l-Qāsim Firdawsī Tūsī, better known as Ferdowsi, finished his Persian epic Shāhnāmeh today (1010). Also, Johannes Kepler discovered the Third Law of Planetary Motion (1618), a Virginia colonial court declared John Casor a slave for life, the first such ruling that was not a criminal sentence (1655), an anonymous writer thought to be Thomas Paine published “African Slavery in America,” the first call for emancipation and abolition (1775), the New York Stock Exchange was founded (1817), 11 French sailors were murdered at the Japanese port of Sakai (1868), Raymonde de Laroche received her aviation pilot’s license, the first woman to do so (1910), Clara Zetkin launched International Women’s Day in Copenhagen (1911), the U.S. Senate adopted the first cloture rule to limit filibusters (1917), Spanish Prime Minister Eduardo Dato Iradier was assassinated outside the parliament building in Madrid (1921), 172 miners died in a series of explosions near Castle Gate, Utah (1924), the Suez Crisis ended as Egypt reopened the canal, on the same day Gov. Marvin Griffin signed the Georgia Memorial petitioning Congress to nullify the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments (1957), Charles de Gaulle Airport opened in Paris (1974), Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy premiered on BBC Radio 4 (1978), President Ronald Reagan gave his “Evil Empire” speech (1983), and 45 people were killed in a failed assassination attempt, allegedly by the CIA, on Lebanese Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadl-Allāh (1985). And the Governing Council approved the Interim Constitution of Iraq (2004).

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