Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
Jacques Cartier reached Prince Edward Island today (1534). Also, a fire destroyed London’s Globe Theatre (1613), Francisco Palou founded the Mission San Francisco de Asis in what is now San Francisco (1776), Alexander Macdonell and 500 highlanders left Scotland for what is now Canada’s Glengarry County (1778), the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople granted autocephaly to the Church of Greece (1850), 99 people died when a train rolled through a stop signal and off an open swing bridge in St-Hilaire, Canada (1864), France annexed Tahiti (1880), George Gouraud recorded Handel’s Israel in Egypt onto a phonograph cylinder (1888), Chicago annexed Hyde Park and several other townships to become the largest U.S. city in area (1889), the U.S. Army Air Corps’ Bird of Paradise completed the first trans-Pacific flight from San Francisco to Hawaii (1927), Staten Island’s Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge opened (1928), President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act establishing the Interstate Highway System (1956), the U.S. Supreme Court held in Furman v. Georgia that death penalty statutes then in use were arbitrary and inconsistent, and violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments (1972), Isabel Perón was sworn in as the first female President of Argentina, on the same day Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet (1974), the Seychelles gained independence (1976), 501 people died when Seoul’s Sampoong Department Store collapsed, on the same day the Space Shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian Mir space station for the first time (1995), the U.S. Supreme Court held in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that President George W. Bush’s plan to try Guantánamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law (2006), and Apple released the first iPhone (2007). And 28 people died as a derecho swept from Illinois to the mid-Atlantic coast (2012).
Good morning! ::hugggggs::