Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
The 15-year Byzantine indiction cycle, used to date medieval documents, began today (462). Also, Hungary’s Steven V wrote his walk to the antiquum castellum near Miholjanec, where the Sword of Attila was recently discovered (1270), Bosnia’s Tvrtko I wrote In castro nostro Vizoka vocatum (1355), England’s Henry VIII made his fiancée Anne Boleyn the Marquess of Pembroke (1532), the Sikh scripture Adi Granth, now known as the Guru Granth Sahib, was installed at the Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib (1604), France’s Louis XIV died after a reign of 72 years, the longest of any major European monarch (1715), Russia’s Catherine II endorsed Ivan Betskoy’s plans for the Foundling Home in Moscow (1763), the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded in what is now San Luis Obispo, California (1772), Karl Ludwig Harding discovered Juno, one of the four largest asteroids in the Main Belt (1804), Gregory XVI established the Order of St. Gregory the Great to honor men or women for exceptional support of the Papacy or the Vatican (1831), Narcissa Whitman, one of the first white female settlers west of the Rockies, arrived in Walla Walla, Washington (1836), Cetshwayo became king Zulu nation following the death of his father Mpande (1873), Emma Nutt became the world’s first female telephone operator at the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company (1878), over 400 people died in a forest fire near Hinkley, Minnesota (1894), the Boston subway opened as the first rapid underground mass transit system in North America (1897), Georges Méliès’ Voyage dans la Lune, one of the first science fiction films, opened in Paris (1902), Alberta and Saskatchewan joined the Canadian confederation (1905), the last Passenger Pigeon, a female named Martha, died in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo (1914), the Fountain of Time opened in Chicago’s Washington Park to commemorate 100 years of peace between the U.S. and Britain following the Treaty of Ghent (1920), 142,800 people died when the magnitude 7.9 Great Kantō Earthquake devastated Tokyo and Yokohama (1923), Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea was published (1952), attacks on Ethiopian police posts by Hamid Idris Awate began the Eritrean War of Independence (1961), Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi seized power in a coup d’état (1969), Palestinian guerrillas attempted to assassinate Jordan’s King Hussein (1970), Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion (1972), an SR-71 Blackbird flew from New York to London in a record 1 hour 54 minutes (1974), Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn, passing at a distance of 13,000 miles (1979), Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope ended near Thunder Bay, Ontario (1980), the U.S. Air Force Space Command was founded (1982), 269 people including Rep. Larry McDonald (D-GA) were killed when a Soviet fighter mistook Korean Air Lines Flight 007 for a military reconnaissance jet and shot it down over Soviet airspace (1983), a joint American–French expedition locates the wreckage of the RMS Titanic (1985), and Uzbekistan declared independence (1991). And Ingush and Chechen militants seized a school in Beslan, South Ossetia, beginning a 3-day hostage crisis that would leave at least 385 people dead, including 156 schoolchildren (2004).
Yesterday on Campus
Things We Did This Week – Share your stories of political activism!
Morning Feature – Yawn? (Meta Monday)
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with The Borgias
Campus Question – Will President Obama restoring the name of Denali, formerly Mount McKinley, boost Karl Rove’s book sales?
Today on Campus
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