Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
Francis I commissioned Jean-François Roberval to settle New France, now Canada, today (1541). Also, Elizabeth I was crowned at Westminster Abbey (1559), the British Museum opened (1759), New Connecticut, now Vermont, declared independence from Britain, New York, and New Hampshire (1777), Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris recommended that Congress establish a national mint and decimal currency (1782), the University of Notre Dame was chartered (1844), Thomas Nast symbolized the Democratic “Copperhead” newspapers with a donkey in a Harper’s Weekly cartoon (1870), the Pemberton Medicine Company, now Coca-Cola, was incorporated (1889), James Naismith published the first rules for basketball (1892), Wyoming’s Buffalo Bill Dam, then the tallest in the world, was completed (1910), 21 people died as a 2.3 million gallon tank of molasses collapsed and spread into the streets of Boston (1919), a 12-year-old Belgian girl reported the first sighting of Our Lady of Banneux (1933), the Owens-Corning headquarters in Toledo, Ohio became the first building covered entirely with glass (1936), the Pentagon was dedicated (1943), the body of “Black Dahla” Elizabeth Short was found in Los Angeles (1947), the Derveni Papyrus, dating to the reign of Philip II of Macedon and thus the oldest surviving European manuscript, was found in Greece (1962), the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the first NFL-AFL Championship Game, later renamed Super Bowl I (1967), the Alvor Agreement ended the Angolan War of Independence (1975), Elizabeth II authorized Australia to institute its own Victoria Cross military honor (1991), the international community recognized the independence of Slovenia and Croatia (1992), Wikipedia went online (2001), the European Space Agency’s SMART-1 orbiter found calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the Moon (2005), and pilot Chesley Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after bird strikes crippled the aircraft’s engines on takeoff, with all 155 passengers and crew surviving in the “Miracle on the Hudson” (2009). And 19 people died when an train carrying 1200 Egyptian army recruits derailed near the Badrashin station in Giza (2013).
Janitor Professor of Astrology was unable to research this week’s Bippiescopes because the smog from the WHannabe Whinefest obscured the stars. The Bippiescopes will return next week.
Yesterday on Campus
Mixed Nuts – Nikki Haley vs. The Ragepublicans
Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries!
Campus Chatter – Planned Parenthood sues anti-abortion group, plus a poopyhead potpourri?
Today on Campus
Good morning! ::hugggggs::