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

A palace coup d’état led by Hồ Quý Ly ended Vietnam’s 175-year Trần Dynasty today (1400). Also, Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries ended with the surrender of Waltham Abbey (1540), the Peace of Longjumeau ended the second phase of the French Wars of Religion (1568), Patrick Henry delivered his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” speech in Richmond, Virginia (1775), Russian Tsar Paul I was stabbed, strangled, and trampled to death in his bedroom (1801), Lewis and Clark began their homeward journey (1806), the first Scottish settlers arrived at Dunedin, New Zealand aboard the John Wickliffe (1848), Elisha Otis installed his first elevator, at 488 Broadway in New York City (1857), the Organic Act established the University of California (1868), the founding club presidents of The Football League met at the Anderson’s Hotel in London (1888), Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Qadian, India (1889), the Theriso Revolt began as Eleftherios Venizelos called for Crete to be united with Greece (1905), former President Theodore Roosevelt left New York for an African safari sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society (1909), Benito Mussolini founded the Fascist Movement in Milan, Italy (1919), the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act that gave Adolf Hitler dictatorial power in Nazi Germany (1933), the first Constitution of the Philippines was signed (1935), Pakistan became the world’s first Islamic republic (1956), Gus Grissom and John Young became the first two-man U.S. crew in space, aboard Gemini 3 (1965), Archbishop Óscar Romero asked the El Salvadoran army to stop killing their countrymen (1980), a military coup d’état led by Efraín Ríos Montt overthrew Guatemalan President Fernando Romeo Lucas García (1982), Ronald Reagan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative, later dubbed “Star Wars” (1983), Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announced their still-disputed discovery of cold fusion (1989), the 11-year Sierra Leone Civil War began with an invasion led by Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (1991), Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was assassinated at a rally in Tijuana, on the same day 75 people died when the pilot’s 15-year-old son accidentally disengaged the autopilot and caused the crash of Aeroflot Flight 593, and the same day 24 U.S. soldiers died when an F-16 collided with a C-130 in midair and then a C-141 parked on the Green Ramp at Pope Air Force Base (1994), Lee Teng-hui won Taiwan’s first direct presidential election (1996), Paraguayan Vice President Luis María Argaña was assassinated (1999), the Mir space station was deorbited and broke up upon reentry before crashing into the Pacific near Fiji (2001), and 15 workers died in a vapor cloud explosion at BP’s Texas City Refinery (2005). And the pilot and copilot died when FedEx Flight 80 crashed at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (2009).


Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsSquirrel Science: Are You Sleepy?
Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: Candidate Fzyzyx
Campus QuestionAfter yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, is our best defense to defeat hatred with love?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsSquirrel Science: Climate Change and Uinta Ground Squirrels
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with On Being Five
Campus Question at 6pm ET


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