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

The death of Alī ibn Abī Tālib ended the Rashidun Caliphate today (661). Also, Clement VI issued Unigenitus justifying papal power and the granting of indulgences (1343), the Vatican trial of scholar Giordano Bruno began (1593), as did the trial of Guy Fawkes and others involved in the Gunpowder Plot (1606), the University of Georgia was founded as the first public university in the U.S. (1785), Congress approved the Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma, setting the stage for the Trail of Tears (1825), the National Geographic Society was founded (1888), as was Norway’s Unge Venstre, the youth extension of the liberal Venstre Party (1909), Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee died in a fire during a test of Apollo 1, on the same day the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union signed the Outer Space Treaty (1967), 14 people died as the Brisbane River breached its banks and flooded the Australian city that bears its name (1974), 6 U.S. diplomats escaped Tehran in what the press dubbed the “Canadian Caper,” later dramatized in the Oscar-winning film Argo (1980), Michael Jackson suffered burns to his scalp while filming a Pepsi commercial (1984), U.S.-born Akebono Tarō became the first non-Japanese sumo wrestler to attain the highest rank of yokozuna (1993), Germany observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day for the first time (1996), 1100 people died in the explosion and subsequent fires after an accidental detonation at the Lagos, Nigeria military armory (2002), the Library of Congress announced the first selections for the National Recording Registry (2003), Western Union ended 151 years of commercial telegraph service (2006), Porfirio Lobo Sosa became President of Honduras, ending a seven-month constitutional crisis (2010), and the Arab Spring spread to Yemen (2011). And 242 people died as a fire swept through the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil (2013).

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Yesterday on Campus

Things We Did This WeekShare your stories of offline political activism!
Morning FeatureFunhouse Mirror (Meta Monday)
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with A Six-Year-Old on Sharing
Campus QuestionWith Michael Strain saying it’s okay if people die without Obamacare, are conservatives finally declaring open class warfare?
Our EarthWolves and Dogs: A Study in Habituation vs. Domestication

Today on Campus

Morning Feature – The Squirrel with “This Snowstorm Will Be Measured In Feet!”
Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: Snowmageddalypse
Campus Question at 6pm ET
Our Earth at 8pm ET – Scientists: Climate Change Is Worsening Storms

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::