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

Twenty-five years after her execution, a retrial acquitted Joan of Arc of heresy today (1456). Also, Congress rescinded treaties with France, sparking the Quasi-War (1798), the four-night Anti-Abolitionist Riots began in New York City (1834), the U.S. acquisition of California began with the occupations of Monterey and Yerba Buena, during the Mexican-American War (1846), the first U.S. military draft began, with exemptions costing $300 (1863), President William McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a U.S. territory (1898), Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. staged his first Follies in New York City (1907), the U.S., Britain, Japan, and Russia signed the North Pacific Fur Seal Convention, the first international wildlife preservation treaty (1911), the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri began selling sliced bread (1928), Henry Kaiser began construction of the Boulder Dam, now the Hoover Dam (1930), Mother Francesca Cabrini became the first American saint, on the same day Howard Hughes nearly died when his XF11 reconnaissance prototype crashed in Beverly Hills (1946), the liner SS United States won the Blue Riband, setting the record for the fastest transatlantic crossing (1952), Elvis Presley’s first recording, “That’s All Right,” debuted on WHBQ Memphis (1954), Fritz Moravec, Josef Larch, and Hans Willenpart completed the first assent of Gasherbrum II, on the border of Pakistan and China (1956), President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act (1958), Venus occulted the star Regulus (1959), the Solomon Islands gained independence (1978), Iran adopted Sharia law, on the same day 83 people were killed in the Safra Massacre during the Lebanese Civil War (1980), President Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first female Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1981), 11-year-old Samantha Smith and her family visited Russia at the invitation of Soviet leader Yuri Andropov (1983), 17-year-old Boris Becker became the youngest Wimbledon champion in history (1985), Tim Berners-Lee finished the first version of the HyperText Markup Language, HTML, a date marked as the birth of the World Wide Web (1990), NASA’s Opportunity rover was launched (2003), 56 people were killed in four suicide bombings targeting London’s transport system (2005), and 171 people died in a flash flood in Russia’s Krasnodar Krai region (2012). And 10 people died when a Rediske Air taxi crashed on landing at Soldotna, Alaska (2013).

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Yesterday on Campus

Things We Did This WeekShare your stories of political activism!
Morning FeatureFwap-Rolla-Rolla-Fwap-Ahhh! (Meta Monday)
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with Tales from the Laundromat
Campus QuestionWill GOP primary voters force the WHannabes into untenable positions?

Today on Campus

Morning Feature – Lake Toba with The Confederate Flag and Our History of Political Violence
Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: Tennish
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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