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

The Byzantine Empire’s Komnenian Dynasty began with the crowning of Alexios I Komnenos, today (1081). Also, the Russian army of Alexander Nevsky repelled the Teutonic Knights on the ice of Lake Peipus (1242), the last Roman Triumph greeted the arrival of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1536), Japan completed the conquest of Okinawa (1609), Pocahontas married John Rolfe (1614), Anne gave royal assent to the statute that created English copyright law (1710), Jacob Roggeveen discovered Easter Island (1722), President George Washington signed the first veto in U.S. history, rejecting a post-census apportionment bill that he felt placed too many U.S. House seats in northern states (1792), the High Possil Meteorite landed in Scotland (1804), Birkenhead Park opened as Britain’s first publicly-funded park (1847), the War of the Pacific began with Chile’s declaration of war on Bolivia and Peru (1879), a team led by Arthur Evans found the first large cache of Linear B Tablets at Knossos, Crete (1900), the American Birth Control League, a forerunner to Planned Parenthood, was founded (1922), the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began making balloon tires (1923), Prohibition ended in Finland (1932), President Franklin Roosevelt signed the executive orders creating the Civilian Conservation Corps and forbidding the hoarding of gold (1933), at least 454 people died as 12 tornadoes including an F5 struck from Tupelo, Mississippi to Gainesville, Florida (1936), NBC’s Fireside Theater premiered, on the same day 77 people died as a fire swept through St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, Illinois (1949), 1,270 metric tons of explosives were used to destroy Ripple Rock and widen the channel of Canada’s Seymour Narrows (1958), tens of thousands of Chinese flocked to Tienanmen Square to protest the Gang of Four’s limits on mourning deceased Premier Zhou Enlai (1976), 2 U.S. soldiers and a Turkish civilian were killed when a bomb exploded at Berlin’s La Belle discothèque (1986), Texas Sen. John Tower and astronaut Sonny Carter were among 23 passengers and crew killed when Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 crashed on approach at Brunswick, Georgia (1991), Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori used his nation’s military to dissolve its Congress (1992), Japan’s Akashi Kaikyō Bridge opened as the world’s longest suspension bridge, linking Awaji Island with Honshū (1998), Libya turned Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah over to Scotland to be tried for their roles in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing (1999), and North Korea launched the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2, prompting protests from Japan, the U.N. Security Council, and the delegates to the Six-Party Talks (2009). And 29 coal miners died in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia (2010).

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Yesterday on Campus

Morning FeaturePublic Shaming, Part III: Can We Tame Shame? (Non-Cynical Saturday)
Campus QuestionWeird News: Should incredibly lucky con pigs return bags of photos to ice cream trucks?

Today on Campus

Morning FeatureSanctions, Sabotage, and Threats? (Ask Ms. Crissie)
Campus Question at 6pm ET
Our Earth at 8pm ET – Eco News Roundup

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