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

Northumbrian King Edwin converted to Christianity today (627). Also, English and Scottish ships began flying the Union Jack (1606), the Broughton Suspension Bridge in Manchester, England collapsed as a column of troops marched across, prompting the British army to order troops to break step when crossing a bridge (1831), Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, igniting the Civil War (1861), Chiang Kai-shek ordered the purge of Communist Party leaders in Shanghai, starting the Chinese Civil War (1927), Mount Washington, New Hampshire was buffeted by world-record 231mph wind gusts, on the same day the Toledo Auto-Lite Strike began (1934), President Franklin Roosevelt died and Harry Truman was sworn in as President (1945), Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine was declared safe and effective (1955), cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth, aboard Vostok 1 (1961), Terry Fox began his “Marathon of Hope” at St. John’s, Newfoundland (1980), the Space Shuttle program began operations with the launch of Columbia on STS-1 (1981), Jim Gary’s “Twentieth Century Dinosaurs” exhibit opened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (1990), Euro Disneyland, now Disneyland Paris, opened (1992), Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel sent out the first USENET spam (1994), President Bill Clinton was cited for contempt of court regarding his testimony in a sexual harassment lawsuit (1999), 7 people were killed by a suicide bomber at Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market (2002), and Zimbabwe abandoned her domestic currency (2009). And 9 people died when a landslide derailed a train near Merano, Italy (2010).

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