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

Caliph Al-Mansur founded Baghdad today (762). Also, an angry crowd killed seven city council members in the First Defenestration of Prague (1419), the House of Burgesses convened in Jamestown, Virginia (1619), 10,000 people died as an earthquake struck Naples, Italy (1629), the city of Baltimore, Maryland was founded (1729), the first Masonic Grand Lodge in what would be the U.S. was founded in Massachusetts (1733), George Byron discovered Malden Island (1825), Charles Sainte-Claire Deville led a team of four other climbers in the first complete ascent of Switzerland’s Grand Combin (1859), 225 passengers died when the steamboat Brother Jonathan sank off the coast of Crescent City, California (1865), 40 people were killed in a police raid on a racially-integrated political meeting in New Orleans (1866), 85 people died when the Staten Island Ferry Westfield’s boiler exploded (1871), Uruguay won the first FIFA World Cup (1930), Walt Disney’s Flowers and Trees premiered as the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first that would win an Academy Award (1932), 883 sailors died when a Japanese submarine torpedoed the USS Indianapolis, a tragedy memorialized in Steven Spielberg’s film Jaws (1945), President Dwight Eisenhower signed the joint resolution of Congress establishing “In God We Trust” as the official U.S. motto (1956), the Trans-Canada Highway opened (1962), President Richard Nixon released subpoenaed White House tapes under a U.S. Supreme Court order (1974), Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared outside a restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (1975), Okinawan drivers returned to the left side of the road, marking the island’s full return to Japanese law (1978), Vanuatu gained independence (1980), Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent forced New York Yankees principal partner George Steinbrenner to resign for having hired a Mafia-connected gambler to “get some dirt” on Yankees star Dave Winfield (1990), and Top of the Pops concluded a 42-year run on BBC Two (2006). And 360 million people lost power for 15 hours – and over 600 million would again the next day – as northern India’s aging electrical grid failed (2012).

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsSecretary Palin?!? Plus Clown Car Chaos
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with Squirrels in the Outhouse
Campus QuestionHillary Clinton’s salon visit, and will Planned Parenthood survive the current smear campaign?

Today on Campus

Morning FeatureThe 7th Annual Bippies, Part I: The Ads
Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::