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

Pedro Álvares Cabral landed in Brazil today (1500). Also, Hernán Cortés founded the settlement that is now Veracruz, Mexico (1519), Spain and Portugal agreed to divide Asia and the Pacific Islands in the Treaty of Saragossa (1529), the British East India Company captured Ormuz from Portugal, opening Persia to British traders (1622), Congress passed the Coinage Act mandating the inscription “In God We Trust” on all U.S. coins (1864), the Boston Red Stockings, now the Atlanta Braves, defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 6-5 in the National League’s inaugural game (1876), Oklahoma City and Guthrie were founded within hours after the opening of the Oklahoma Land Run (1889), China’s Tsinghua University was founded (1909), Britain, Japan, and the U.S. attempted to regulate submarine warfare and limit shipbuilding with the London Naval Treaty (1930), live television coverage of the Army-McCarthy Hearings began (1954), the New York World’s Fair opened for its first season (1964), Robin Knox-Johnston won the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, completing the first solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the world by yacht (1969), the first Earth Day was celebrated (1970), GTE opened the first fiber optic line for live telephone communications in Long Beach, California (1977), Der Stern reported the discovery of the “Hitler Diaries,” later discovered to be hoaxed (1983), 252 people died when gasoline exploded in the sewers of Guadalajara, Mexico (1992), Mosaic version 1.0 was released (1993), 71 of 72 hostages were freed and all of the guerrillas killed as Peruvian special forces stormed the Japanese Embassy to end a 126-day siege in Lima, Peru (1997), Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened (1998), federal agents seized 6-year-old Elián González in Miami and returned him to his father in Cuba, on the same day British telephone users made the Big Number Change (2000), and 54 people died as two fuel trains collided in Ryongchon, North Korea (2004). And Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi formally apologized for Japan’s war record (2005).

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