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

A stone found in Ireland is believed to portray the earliest recorded solar eclipse, today (3034 BCE). Also, the British abandoned the Siege of Pensacola (1707), Spanish representatives officially transferred the Louisiana Territory to the French (1803), the Senate began the impeachment trial of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase (1804), construction began on the first Welland Canal in Allanburg, Ontario (1824), and the canal opened exactly five years later (1829), a statue of Sweden’s Charles XII was dedicated in Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården (1868), Scotland and England played the first international soccer match at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow (1872), 154 miners died in an explosion in Marianna, Pennsylvania (1908), the Flying Scotsman became the first locomotive to reach 100mph (1934), a fire destroyed London’s Crystal Palace (1936), Lucille Ball married Desi Arnaz (1940), Ann Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house in Sylacauga, Alabama (1954), Barbados gained independence (1966), as did South Yemen (1967), Michael Jackson’s Thriller was released and would become the best-selling album in history (1982), President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993), Exxon and Mobil signed the $73.7 billion merger that made ExxonMobil the largest company in the world at that time (1998), protests forced the delay of the opening session of the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, on the same day British Aerospace merged with Marconi Electronic Systems to form BAE Systems, Europe’s largest defense firm (1999), “Green River Killer” Gary Ridgway was arrested in Renton, Washington (2001), Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings’ record 74-game winning streak ended, leaving him with a record $2,520,700 in winnings (2004), and John Sentamu was enthroned as the Archbishop of York, making him the Church of England’s first black archbishop (2005). And 32 people died when an Armenian Aéro-Services jet crashed on approach in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo (2012). And the 21st annual Conference of Parties climate change summit began in Paris (2015).

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsAP Guidelines for “Alt-Right” plus Stuff
Tuesday’s TaleWelcome to Weirden
Campus QuestionDoes conservatives’ growing rejection of facts spell doom for democracy itself?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsBeyond Rove’s “We Create Our Own Reality”
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with Long Underwear
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: British Wildlife Centre

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::