Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
John VI Kantakouzenos and John V Palaiologos agreed to share power, ending a six-year Byzantine Civil War today (1347). Also, Universiteit Leiden was founded (1575), Mary Queen of Scots was executed for suspected involvement in the Babington Plot to assassinate Elizabeth I (1587), English monarchs William III and Mary II chartered the Virginia college that bears their names (1693), Catherine I formed Russia’s Supreme Privy Council (1726), with no candidate winning an Electoral College majority, the Senate elected Richard Johnson as Vice President of the United States under the Twelfth Amendment (1837), the Devil’s Footprints reportedly appeared in the snow in Devon, England (1855), Delaware voters rejected the Thirteenth Amendment, and the state would not ratify the end of slavery for 36 years (1865), Sandford Fleming proposed a Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute (1879), the first U.S. government-approved Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii (1885), President Grover Cleveland signed the Dawes Act, allowing the partitioning of Native American lands into family parcels in a failed attempt at assimilation (1887), William Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America (1910), D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation premiered (1915), President Warren Harding brought the first radio to the White House (1922), Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom (1952), and changed her family name to the House of Windsor, on the same day the first 8 stars were placed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1960), 9 trade unionists were killed by French police while protesting the Organisation de l’armée secrète at Paris’ Charonne metro station (1961), President John Kennedy signed an executive order barring U.S. trade with and travel to or from Cuba (1963), 3 students including a pregnant woman were killed when South Carolina Highway Patrol officers opened fire on an anti-segregation protest in Orangeburg (1968), the Allende Meteorite fell in Chihuahua, Mexico (1969), the NASDAQ stock market index opened (1971), the last Skylab crew returned to Earth after 84 days in space (1974), radio broadcasts of proceedings of the U.S. Senate premiered (1978), 21 soccer fans died in a stampede at Karaiskakis Stadium in Neo Faliro, Greece (1981), day turned to night as the Melbourne Dust Storm enveloped Australia’s second-largest city (1983), General Motors sued NBC over a Dateline story that purported to show GM pickups bursting into flames (1993), President Bill Clinton signed the Communications Decency Act, on the same day internet users around the world staged “24 Hours in Cyberspace” (1996), 172 people died when a freak storm in the Hindukush mountains triggered a series of avalanches in Afghanistan (2010), and hundreds of thousands of people were without electricity as a blizzard struck the Northeastern U.S. and Canada (2013). And 15 Egyptian pilgrims died and 130 others were injured when an electrical short caused a fire at their hotel in Medina, Saudi Arabia (2014).
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