Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
The Immortal Seven issued the Invitation to William that would culminate in the Glorious Revolution today (1688). Also, Congress organized the Michigan Territory (1805), Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope (1859), biologist Thomas Huxley, Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, and others debated evolution at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (1860), President Abraham Lincoln granted Yosemite Valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation” (1864), Canada’s first transcontinental train left Montréal for Port Moody, British Columbia (1886), the Homestead Strike began near Pittsburgh (1892), Albert Einstein introduced special relativity in his paper On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies (1905), Congress passed the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906), an asteroid or comet estimated at 100m diameter exploded over the Podkamennaya Tunguska River (1908), 28 people died when an F4 tornado struck Regina, Saskatchewan (1912), President Warren Harding appointed former President William Taft to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1922), Secretary of State Charles Hughes and Ambassador Francisco Peynado signed the agreement formally ending the U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic (1922), German Chancellor Adolf Hitler ordered the murders of former supporter Ernst Röhm and at least 85 other Brownshirt leaders in the Night of the Long Knives (1934), London introduced the world’s first emergency phone number, 999 (1939), Chevrolet produced the first Corvette (1953), 128 people died when United Airlines Flight 718 and TWA Flight 2 collided over the Grand Canyon (1956), 17 people died when a U.S. Air Force jet crashed into a school in Okinawa (1959), Congo gained independence (1960), 7 police and military bomb disposal officers were killed when a bomb intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco exploded in the Palermo suburb of Ciaculli (1963), the National Organization for Women was founded (1966), Paul VI issued the Credo of the People of God (1968), the crew of Soyuz 11 died in orbit after an air leak, on the same day Ohio became the 37th state to ratify the Twenty-sixth Amendment, lowering the voting age to 18 (1971), the first leap second was added to the UTC time system (1972), the Baltimore Municipal Strike began (1974), the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbanded (1977), 39 U.S. hostages held for 17 days aboard TWA Flight 487 were freed in Beirut (1985), the U.S. Supreme Court held in Bowers v. Hardwick that states could outlaws homosexual activity, a decision overturned 17 years later in Lawrence v. Texas (1986), the Royal Canadian Mint introduced the $1 coin, known as the Loonie (1987), East and West Germany merged their economies (1990), 32 miners died in a coal fire in the Donbass region of Ukraine (1991), Britain transferred sovereignty of Hong Kong to China (1997), 19 firefighters died in Arizona’s Yarnell Hill wildfire (2013), and 143 people died when a C-130 crashed shortly after takeoff at the Soewondo Air Force Base in Medan, Indonesia (2015). And Rodrigo Roa Duterte was inaugurated as the 16th President of the Philippines, and the first to hail from the island of Mindanao (2016).
Yesterday on Campus
Mixed Nuts – Marine La Pen and Bernie Sanders Praise Brexit
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with 1963 No Abortion
Campus Question – Should we freak out over a Quinnipiac Poll that shows Clinton with only a 1-point lead over Trump?
Today on Campus
Photo Credit: British Wildlife Centre
Good morning! ::hugggggs::