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

Visigoth king Alaric II issued the collection of Roman law known as the Breviarium Alaricianum or Breviary of Alaric today (506). Also, Pope John XII crowned Holy Roman Emperor Otto I, beloved of palindromists as I Otto I (962), Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires, Argentina (1536), the city of New Amsterdam, now New York City, was incorporated (1653), Alexander Selkirk was rescued four years after his shipwreck on a desert island, inspiring Daniel Dafoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1709), the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican-American War, on the same day the first Chinese immigrants arrived in San Francisco (1848), Major League Baseball’s National League was founded (1876), the first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (1887), snow began to fall as the white-clad body of Victoria, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, was buried (1901), New York City’s Grand Central Terminal opened (1913), James Joyce’s Ulysses was published (1922), dog sleds reached Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod (1925), the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. was incorporated (1934), Leonarde Keeler tested the first polygraph machine (1935), Pakistani President Iskander Mirza laid the foundation stone of the Guddu Barrage (1957), the Groundhog Day Gale struck the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada (1976), the first reports of the FBI’s ABSCAM investigation surfaced (1980), the Syrian Army began the 27-day siege of Hama that would kill at least 10,000 and as many as 40,000 civilians (1982), the new Constitution of the Philippines was enacted in the wake of the People Power Revolution (1987), “Auntie” Anne Beiler and her husband Jonas founded her famous pretzel chain in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1988), the last Soviet armored column left Kabul in the withdrawal from Afghanistan (1989), South African President F.W. de Klerk lifted the ban on the African National Congress and pledged to release Nelson Mandela from prison (1990), Roger Federer became the #1-ranked player in men’s singles tennis, a position he would hold for a record 237 weeks (2004), and intense rains set off the 11-day flood that would kill 54 people in and around Jakarta, Indonesia (2007). And 6 people were confirmed dead and 321 presumed lost after the ferry MV Rabaul Queen sank off the coast of Papua New Guinea (2012).

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsNeil Gorsuch: Best SCOTUS Nominee We Can Get?
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with Affordable Child Care
Campus QuestionEven knowing they cannot stop Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, should Senate Democrats force Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to nuke the filibuster?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsGod-King Erupts at Australia, Mexico, and LGBTs
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Anna Akana: How I Feel About Dick Pics
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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