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

Vasco de Gama set sail on the first direct voyage from Europe to India today (1497). Also, Charles II granted John Clarke a charter to Rhode Island (1663), a magnitude 8.7 earthquake triggered a tsunami that flooded lower Valparaíso, Chile (1730), Joseph Bonaparte approved the Bayonne Statute that was to establish him as King of Spain (1808), Matthew Perry arrived in what is now Tokyo Bay seeking a trade treaty with Japan (1853), the Canadian Mounties set out on their March West to Fort Whoop-Up (1874), the Wall Street Journal debuted (1889), a fire left thousands homeless in St. John’s, Newfoundland (1892), crime boss Soapy Smith was killed in the Shootout on Juneau Wharf, freeing Skagway, Alaska from gang rule (1898), the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached the lowest point of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22 (1932), reports of a UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico were broadcast nationwide (1947), the U.S. Air Force accepted its first female recruits (1948), the Soviet Union charged U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers with espionage (1960), President Richard Nixon announced the self-determination policy that later led to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (1970), and 105 people died with the Island Express train from Bangalore to Kanyakumari derailed on the Peruman Bridge and fell into Ashtamudi Lake (1988). And Atlantis was launched on the final mission of the Space Shuttle project (2011).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::