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

Fatahillah recaptured Sunda Kelapa harbor from a Portuguese fleet and changed the name of the settlement to Jakarta, now the capital of Indonesia, today (1527). Also, the Holy Office in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe (1633), the British Parliament passed the Quebec Act, which continued French civil law and guaranteed freedom of religion for Catholic QuΓ©bΓ©cois (1744), a poisonous cloud from the eruption of Iceland’s Laki volcano reached Le Havre, France (1783), Parliament abolished feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America (1825), Cherokee leaders Major Ridge, John Ridge, and Elias Boudinot were assassinated for having signed the Treaty of New Echota that caused the Trail of Tears (1839), President Ulysses Grant signed the act that established the Department of Justice (1870), 358 British sailors died when the HMS Camperdown collided with the HMS Victoria during maneuvers off the coast of Lebanon (1893), Sweden adopted her current flag (1906), the London Underground’s Charing Cross, Euston, and Hampstead Railway opened (1907), 104 people died when a passenger train struck a circus train near Hammond, Indiana (1918), 21 people were killed as union miners clashed with strikebreakers in Herrin, Illinois (1922), President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, better known as the G.I. Bill (1944), James Christy discovered Pluto’s moon Charon (1978), Virgin Atlantic Airways began operations (1984), Argentine forward Diego Maradona scored the “Hand of God Goal” and the “Goal of the Century” against England in the World Cup quarterfinals (1986), Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled (1990), 261 people died as a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Bou’in-Zahra, Iran (2002), and the Eastman Kodak Company announced they would no longer sell Kodachrome, ending the film’s 74-year run (2009). And Federico Franco became President of Paraguay upon the impeachment and removal of Fernando Lugo (2012).


Good morning! ::hugggggs::