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

The city of Bucaramanga, Colombia was founded today (1622). Also, Congress passed the disastrous Embargo Act (1807), Ludwig van Beethoven conducted and performed at the premiere of his Fifth Symphony, Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto, and Choral Fantasy (1808), Itō Hirobumi became Japan’s first Prime Minister (1885), the Cornwallis Valley Railway began running between Kentville and Kingsport, Nova Scotia (1890), Max Wolf discovered the Asteroid 323 Brucia, the first to be found by photography (1891), Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of treason (1894), New York City’s Lincoln Tunnel opened (1937), 128 passengers and crew died when a fire swept through liner Lakonia 180 miles off the coast of Madeira, Portugal (1963), Britain introduced a 70mph speed limit on all rural roads including motorways (1965), Grande Comore, Anjouan, and Mohéli voted to become the independent nation of Comoros (1974), Deng Xiaoping began the post-Mao Chinese economic reform at the Third Plenum of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (1978), Bernhard Goetz shot four would-be muggers on a New York City express train (1984), Brazilian union and environmental activist Chico Mendes was assassinated (1988), Communist Romanian President Nicolae Ceaușescu was overthrown, on the same day Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate reopened after thirty years (1989), the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia gained full independence, on the same day Croatia adopted her constitution (1990), human rights activist Martín Almada and judge José Agustín Fernández found the Archives of Terror in Asunción, Paraguay (1992), a Mexican paramilitary group massacred 45 men, women, and children at a pacifist prayer meeting in Acteal, on the same day Hussein Farrah Aidid signed the Cairo Declaration and relinquished his disputed presidency in Somalia (1997), the then-interim government of President Hamid Karzai was handed political authority by Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance (2001), and 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash slurry spilled out of the Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tennessee (2008). And President Barack Obama signed the repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” policy (2010).

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsThe Squirrel’s Holiday Tradition…
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with Save the Boundary Waters
Campus QuestionHow are your holiday plans coming along?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsOur New Reality TV Show: ‘Government’
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: British Wildlife Centre

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::