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

The Islamic calendar began today (622). Also, Sweden’s Stockholms Banco issued Europe’s first bank notes (1661), Junípero Serra founded the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, now the city of San Diego, California (1769), Mozart’s opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail premiered (1782), President George Washington signed the Residence Act establishing the District of Columbia as the nation’s capital (1790), Antonio María Claret y Clará founded Barcelona’s Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, better known as the Claretians in Vic (1849), David Farragut became the U.S. Navy’s first admiral (1862), John Duigan flew Australia’s first home-built airplane (1910), American novelist Henry James became a British citizen to show his support for Britain in World War I (1915), Haile Selassie I signed Ethiopia’s first constitution (1931), Oklahoma City installed the world’s first parking meter (1935), Joe DiMaggio recorded a hit in an Major League Baseball record 56th consecutive game (1941), the Trinity Nuclear Test in Alamogordo, New Mexico began the era of nuclear weapons on the same day the USS Indianapolis left San Francisco for Tinian carrying the “Little Boy” bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima (1945), J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye was published (1951), the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed their last “big tent” show (1956), the Mont Blanc Tunnel opened linking France and Italy (1965), Apollo 11 was launched (1969), Saddam Hussein became President of Iraq upon the resignation of Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr (1979), Mahathir Mohamad began his 22-year tenure as Prime Minister of Malaysia, Asia’s longest-serving political leader after China’s Mao Zedong (1981), 1621 people died as a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Luzon, on the same day the Ukrainian Parliament declared state sovereignty (1990), the Slackware operating system was released (1993), the first fragments of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 collided with Jupiter (1994), John Kennedy, Jr., his wife Caroline, and her sister Lauren Bessette were killed when their private plane crashed off Martha’s Vineyard (1999), Chicago’s Millennium Park opened (2004), and 800 people died as a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan near Niigata (2007). And 16 infants in Gansu Province, China were diagnosed with kidney stones the first of an estimated 300,000 who would be affected by milk powder and infant formula tainted with melamine (2008).

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::