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

The University of Leipzig opened today (1409). Also, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London was consecrated (1697), a fire destroyed the second Eddystone Lighthouse (1755), Newport, Rhode Island’s Touro Synagogue was dedicated, the first in what is now the U.S. (1763), Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French (1804), in their State of the Union Addresses, President James Monroe announced his doctrine of U.S. neutrality in Europe and European non-intervention in the Americas (1823) and President James Polk declared a need for U.S. expansion to the Pacific (1845), Franz Josef I became Emperor of Austria (1848), French President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte ended the Second Republic (1851) and became Emperor Napoleon III (1852), Charles Dickens gave his first public reading in the U.S. at Boston’s Tremont Temple (1867), two-year-old Puyi became Emperor of China (1908), the Ford Motor Company introduced the Model-A (1917), in his State of the Union Address, President Herbert Hoover proposed a $150 million public works project (1930), New York City’s La Guardia Airport opened (1939), Enrico Fermi and his team triggered the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction (1942), news of the Partition Plan for Palestine approved by the U.N. General Assembly on November 29th sparked rioting in Jerusalem (1947), by a 65-22 vote, the U.S. Senate censured Sen. Joe McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute,” on the same day the U.S. and Taiwan signed the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty (1954), Fidel Castro reached Cuba with Che Guevara and 80 supporters to begin the Cuban Revolution (1956) and declared that he was a Marxist-Leninist and Cuba would adopt a communist government (1961), the Environmental Protection Agency opened (1970), the separate emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain became the United Arab Emirates (1971), Cuba’s new constitution took effect, displacing 17-year President Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado and installing President Fidel Castro (1976), 3 U.S. nuns and a U.S. lay minister were tortured and murdered by a Salvadoran military death squad (1980), Barney Clark received the first permanent artificial human heart (1982), Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, the first female head of government in an Islamic-dominated state (1988), Colombian military police killed drug lord Pablo Escobar in Medellín, on the same day NASA launched the Space Shuttle Endeavor on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope (1993), and 7 passengers were killed when two trains collided near Sydney, Australia, on the same day the Northern Ireland Executive assumed political authority under the Northern Ireland Act (1999). And Enron filed for bankruptcy (2001).

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsAnti-Choicers on Defense, plus Wingnut Glee over University of Chicago Threat
Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: Weather or Not
Campus QuestionWill firing Superintendant Garry McCarthy change the Chicago police “culture of violence?”
Our EarthPulling the Financial Plug on Fossil Fuels

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsJosh Marshall on White Anxiety, or: Why Donald Trump
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with “Whatever Happened to Sin?”
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::