Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
Athens was “saved by her wooden walls” as the Greek fleet decisively turned back the Second Persian Invasion at Salamis, today (480 BCE). Also, the Great Prussian Uprising against the Teutonic Knights began today (1260), the election Avignon Pope Clement VII began the Papal Schism (1378), at least 26,000 people died as a magnitude 8.6 earthquake off the coast of Nankai, Japan, triggered a tsunami that also destroyed the building housing the statue of the Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in (1498), Diego de Montemayor founded the city of Monterrey, Mexico (1596), the Walking Purchase ceded 1.2 million acres of Delaware-Lenape land to the Pennsylvania colony (1737), the American Association for the Advancement of Science was founded (1848), the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, visited the U.S. (1860), the Bersaglieri corps’ entry into Rome completed the Italian Unification (1870), President Chester Arthur was inaugurated following the death of President James Garfield (1881), Charles and Frank Duryea road-tested the first American-made, gasoline-powered automobile (1893), the RMS Mauretania was launched (1906), as were the SS France, later known as the “Versailles of the Atlantic” (1910), and the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (1967), the British Parliament passed the act creating the Union of South Africa (1909), the Spanish Legion was founded (1920), having weakened over Nicaragua, Hurricane Irene regained enough strength to become Hurricane Olivia, the first hurricane known to pass from the Atlantic to the Pacific (1971), Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome (1973), National Football League players began a 57-day strike (1982), Australia introduced a capital gains tax (1985), South Ossetia declared independence (1990), an unidentified attacker launched a Soviet-made RPG-22 anti-tank missile at Britain’s MI6 Secret Intelligence Service Building (2000), President George W. Bush declared “war on terror” in an address to a joint session of Congress (2001), an estimated 15,000 marchers rallied in Jena, Louisiana in support of six black teenagers convicted of battery after a fight with a white classmate (2007), and 54 people were killed when a truck bomb exploded at the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan (2008). And the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military (2011).
Good morning! ::hugggggs::