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

Spanish forces defeated the French at the Battle of Landriano, during the War of the League of Cognac, today (1529). Also, Kryštof Harant, Jan Jesenius, and 25 other Czech nobles were executed for leading an uprising against the Holy Roman Empire, in Prague’s “Day of Blood” (1621), a slave named Marie-Joseph Angélique was executed on charges of setting the Great Montreal Fire (1734), the British government under Edward Cornwallis founded Halifax, Nova Scotia, prompting Father Le Loutre’s War (1749), New Hampshire ratified the U.S. Constitution and became our 9th state (1788), Louis XVI and his family began the Flight to Varennes, attempting to escape Paris during the French Revolution (1791), 10 Irish labor leaders, known as Molly Maguires, were hanged on charges of murder at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons (1877), the Empress Dowager Cixi issued a declaration of war against the U.S., Britain, Germany, France, and Japan during China’s Boxer Rebellion (1900), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down “grandfather clauses” that barred most blacks in Oklahoma and Maryland from voting, in Guinn v. United States (1915), a Japanese submarine surfaced near Oregon’s Columbia River and fired on Fort Stevens (1942), Japanese resistance collapsed on Okinawa, the last major land battle of World War II (1945), Columbia Records introduced the 33rpm LP album (1948), Ellen Fairclough was sworn in as Canada’s first female cabinet minister (1957), civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Mickey Schwerner were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi (1964), the Penn Central Transportation Company filed for what was then the largest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history (1970), the U.S. Supreme Court declared a three-part test for obscenity in Miller v. California (1973), John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan (1982), the Scottish Parliament repealed Section 28 of the Local Government Act that had prohibited “the promotion of homosexuality” (2000), a federal grand jury indicted 13 Saudis and one Lebanese for their roles in the Khobar Towers Bombing (2001), SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight (2004), Pluto’s newly-discovered moons were named Nix and Hydra (2006), Greenland assumed self-rule (2009), and 87 people died when a boat carrying refugees from Afghanistan capsized between the Indonesian island of Java and Australia’s Christmas Island (2012). And 15 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck a Shi’ite mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan (2013).

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Yesterday on Campus

Things We Did This WeekShare your stories of political activism!
Mixed NutsMeritocracy: Intelligence or Self-Dealing?
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with Random Severe Weather
Campus QuestionDoes Wall Street opposition make you want Hillary Clinton to choose Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsGOP Senators’ Cowardice, plus Anti-Clinton Media Bias
Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: Unsolved Files
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: British Wildlife Centre

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