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

Odoacer deposed Romulus Augustulus and proclaimed himself “King of Italy,” ending the Western Roman Empire, today (476). James Cook sighted New Caledonia today (1774), 44 Spanish settlers founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula, now Los Angeles, California (1781), France’s Napoleon III was deposed and the Third Republic began (1870), Britain ended her policy of penal transportation to New South Wales, Australia (1884), George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak and patented his camera using roll film (1888), Germany’s U-652 fired a torpedo at the USS Greer, prompting President Franklin Roosevelt’s “shoot on sight” order for U.S. Navy vessels encountering German submarines (1941), the Netherlands’ Queen Wilhelmina abdicated due to ill health (1948), riots erupted after a Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill, New York (1949), the Darlington Raceway hosted the first 500-mile NASCAR race (1950), Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent black students from enrolling at Little Rock’s Central High School, on the same day the Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel (1957), Edinburgh’s Forth Road Bridge opened (1964), swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven gold medals at a single Olympics (1972), 5 people were killed in a shootout between rival Chinatown gangs in San Francisco’s Golden Dragon restaurant (1977), Harold Kroto, James Heath, Sean O’Brien, Robert Curl, and Richard Smalley created the first spherical carbon molecule Buckminsterfullerene (1985), Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google (1998), and German police arrested three Al Qaeda operatives who were planning attacks at the Frankfurt International Airport and U.S. military bases (2007). And building codes helped prevent any loss of life, although thousands were left without power, when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Canterbury, New Zealand (2010).


Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsThe 8th Annual Bippies, Part III: Political Columns
Campus QuestionWeird News: Umm … corncobs?

Today on Campus

Ask Ms. CrissieJosh Marshall: “They Were Just Suckered?”
Campus Question at 6pm ET
Our Earth at 8pm ET – Eco News Roundup


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