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

An Lushan rebelled against China’s Tang Dynasty and founded the short-lived state of Yan today (756). Also, Toyotomi Hideyoshi ordered the crucifixion of the Twenty-six Martyrs, declaring their Christianity undermined traditional Japanese culture (1597), Roger Williams and his wife Mary arrived in Boston after emigrating from England (1631), South Carolina ratified the Articles of Confederation (1778), an estimated 25,000 people died as a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the toe of Italy, the first of five earthquakes in Calabria over the next 52 days (1783), the University of Wisconsin-Madison held their first classes at the Madison Female Academy (1849), Saint Petersburg, Russia’s Hermitage Museum opened to the public (1852), John Deason and Richard Oates found the 158-pound “Welcome Stranger,” the largest alluvial gold nugget ever discovered, in Moliagul, Australia (1869), Leo Baekeland announced the creation the first synthetic plastic, named Bakelite in his honor (1909), Mexico adopted her current constitution, on the same day Congress passed the Asiatic Barred Zone Act that forbade immigration from almost all of southern and eastern Asia (1917), Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith founded United Artists (1919), the Royal Greenwich Observatory began broadcasting the hourly time signal known as the “BBC Pips” (1924), in response to a series of decisions overturning New Deal legislation, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill to enlarge the U.S. Supreme Court (1937), Generalísimo Francisco Franco began his 36-year tenure as dictator of Spain (1939), Gamel Abdel Nasser was nominated to be the first president of the United Arab Republic (1958), President Charles de Gaulle called for the French Parliament to grant independence to Algeria (1962), the European Court of Justice held in Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen that European Union laws may take “direct effect,” creating personal rights that member states must recognize and enforce (1963), Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame (1972), the Swine Flu Outbreak began at Fort Dix, New Jersey (1976), Mayor Ugo Vetere of Rome and Mayor Chedli Klibi of Carthage signed a treaty of friendship, formally ending the Third Punic War after 2131 years (1985), former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was convicted of drug smuggling and money laundering (1988), Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers (1994), the Union Bank of Switzerland, Swiss Bank Corporation, and Credit Suisse created a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families (1997), at least 60 Chechnyan civilians were killed by Russian troops in the Novye Aldi suburb of Grozny (2000), and the coup d’état that would depose Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide began in Gonaïves (2004). And 56 people died as the Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak swept across the southern U.S. (2008).

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Yesterday on Campus

Morning Feature – The Squirrel with Rape-ublicans
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with “I Just Had It”
Campus QuestionWill FCC net neutrality rules pass on a party-line vote?

Today on Campus

Morning FeatureHall of Mirrors, Part IV: “They Avoided Another Great Depression”
Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::