Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
Samuel Argall kidnapped Pocahontas, intending to ransom her for English prisoners held by her father, today (1613). Also, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah premiered in Dublin (1742), George IV gave assent to the Roman Catholic Relief Act, allowing Catholics to vote and hold office in Britain (1829), New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded (1870), at least 65 and as many as 150 citizens, all but 3 of them black, were killed by white paramilitary troops in Louisiana’s Colfax Massacre (1873), James C. Penney opened his first store (1902), at least 379 unarmed demonstrators were killed by British troops in India’s Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, on the same day Eugene Debs was sent to federal prison for speaking against the draft during World War I (1919), the Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington D.C. (1943), 80 people including 79 doctors, nurses and med students from Hadassah Hospital and a British soldier were killed when their convoy was ambushed near Jerusalem (1948), CIA Director Allen Dulles approved Project MK-ULTRA (1953), satellite navigation began with the launch of the U.S. Navy’s Transit 1-B satellite (1960), Sidney Poitier became the first black Best Actor Academy Award winner for his role in Lilies of the Field (1964), an oxygen tank explosion crippled Apollo 13 (1970), NASA and Western Union launched Westar 1, the first geosynchronous communication satellite (1974), 26 PLO militia troops were killed as Phalangist militia troops opened fire on a bus in Beirut, the start of the 15-year Lebanese Civil War (1975), the Treasury Department reintroduced the $2 bill as part of the Bicentennial celebration (1976), Portugal agreed to return Macau to China at the turn of the century (1987), and a utility tunnel breach spilled 250 million gallons of water into the Loop in the Great Chicago Flood (1992). And Tiger Woods became the youngest ever winner of The Masters (1997).
Good morning! ::hugggggs::