Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
The Great Storm killed 9000 people and brought record wind gusts up to 120mph in southern Britain, today (1703). Also, James Cook became the first European to visit Maui (1778), the first national Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. was observed (1789), Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct opened in Wales (1805), students at Union College in Schenectady, New York formed the first college social fraternity in the U.S., the Kappa Alpha Society (1825), the University of Notre Dame was founded (1842), President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as an annual celebration (1863), the National Hockey League was formed (1917), Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, the first people in over 3000 years to do so, on the same day Toll of the Sea premiered as the first general release, two-tone Technicolor film (1922), the Indian Constituent Assembly adopted the nation’s constitution as drafted by a committee chaired by Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1949), Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe saw rain of 1.5 inches per minute, the heaviest rainfall ever recorded (1970), Britain’s Southern Television was hijacked by an unknown man calling himself ‘Vrillon’ and claiming to represent the ‘Ashtar Galactic Command’ (1977), six robbers stole 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million from the Brinks-MAT vault at London’s Heathrow Airport (1983), President Ronald Reagan appointed the Tower Commission to investigate the Iran-Contra Scandal (1986), Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke at a joint session of the Oireachtas, making him the first British leader to address the Irish parliament (1998), Florida Secretary of State and Bush state campaign co-chair Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush as winning the state and thus the presidential election (2000), 9 students were killed when a knife-wielding man attacked the Number Two High School in Ruzhou, China (2004), and 166 people were killed in 12 coordinated shootings and bombings in Mumbai, India (2008). And 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed when U.S. and NATO air units mistakenly attacked a border checkpoint in Salala (2011).
Yesterday on Campus
Morning Feature – Bob McCollouch’s Riot
Midday Matinee – Tuesday’s Tale: Turkey Day
Campus Question – Do cops get too much legal protection, or do the rest of us get too little?
Today on Campus
Good morning! ::hugggggs::