Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada founded Bogotá, Colombia today (1538). Also, the Dutch Republic ceded Brazil back to Portugal in the Treaty of the Hague (1661), 60 proof sheets of the U.S. Constitution were delivered to the Philadelphia Convention (1787), Francis II abdicated, ending the Holy Roman Empire (1806), Vermont’s Norwich University was founded (1819), Bolivia gained independence (1825), the Russian Geographical Society is founded (1845), the Bull Moose Party met at the Chicago Coliseum (1912), Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, on the same day Warner Brothers’ Vitaphone system premiered with Don Juan starring John Barrymore (1926), New York judge Joseph Crater disappeared (1930), the Netherlands’ Wilhelmina became the first reigning queen to address a joint session of Congress (1942), 70,000 people were killed instantly and tens of thousands more would die of radiation poisoning as the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima (1945), Cuba nationalized foreign-owned property and businesses (1960), Jamaica gained independence (1962), Prometheus, the world’s oldest living tree, was cut down (1964), President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (1965), Sydney, Australia set a local record with 13 inches of rain in one day (1986), New York City police used excessive force in trying to enforce a local curfew, sparking the Tompkins Square Park Riot (1988), Tim Berners-Lee released files describing his ideas for the World Wide Web, on the same day Takako Doi became Japan’s first female speaker of the House of Representatives (1991), NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to have originated on Mars, contained evidence of primitive life (1996), at least 255 people died in flash floods across Jammu and Kashmir, India (2010), a peaceful protest of the police shooting of Mark Duggan in London sparked four nights of rioting across England (2011), and NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars (2012). And 15 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Abha, Saudi Arabia (2015).
Yesterday on Campus
Mixed Nuts – Clinton Climbs, Trump Tanks … Maybe
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Thresher: A Horror Short
Campus Question – Does Hillary Clinton now have a durable lead or only a post-convention bump?
Today on Campus
Mixed Nuts – ‘Fact-Checkers’ Make Up Facts about Clinton
Campus Question at 6pm ET
Photo Credit: British Wildlife Centre
Good morning! ::hugggggs::