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

Tradition holds that St. Valentine was martyred today (269). Also, several hundred Jews were murdered and the rest expelled from the city in the Strasbourg Massacre (1349), the French fleet at Quiberon Bay saluted the USS Ranger, the first formal recognition of the U.S. flag by a foreign nation (1778), Karadjordje led the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire (1804), the Latter Day Saints’ first Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was formed in Kirkland, Ohio (1835), James Polk became the first President of the United States to be photographed (1849), Oregon became our 33rd state (1859), both Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray filed patent applications for telephones (1876), Congress approved the use of voting machines in federal elections (1899), Arizona became our 48th state (1912), the Soviet Union adopted the Gregorian Calendar (1918), the League of Women Voters was founded (1920), the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company was renamed International Business Machines (1924), the Bank of England was nationalized (1946), the Asbestos Strike began Québec’s Quiet Revolution (1949), a team led by Albert Ghiorso synthesized Lawrencium (1961), First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy hosted a televised tour of the White House (1962), Australia switched to decimal currency (1966), 48 people died as a fire swept through Dublin’s Stardust nightclub (1981), Union Carbide agreed to pay $470 million in damages for the Bhopal Disaster, on the same day Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Satanic Verses author Salmon Rushdie (1989), 120 people died after a fuel oil train collided with a freight train in Yaoundé, Cameroon (1998), the Budapest Open Access Initiative was released (2002), 28 people died when the roof of Moscow’s Transvaal water park collapsed (2004), former Prime Minister of Lebanon Ravic Hariri and 21 others were killed when a bomb exploded near his motorcade in Beirut, on the same day 7 people were killed by a series of bombings in the Philippines, and the same day Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim launched YouTube (2005), and the Arab Spring spread to Bahrain (2011). And two people were killed when a gunman opened fire first at the Krudttønden cultural centre and later at the Great Synagogue in Copehnagen, Demnark (2015).

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Yesterday on Campus

Things We Did This WeekShare your stories of political activism!
Mixed NutsArrogant Incompetence
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with You Are Not the Boss of Me!
Campus QuestionState Republicans attack women and unions; how many phrases rhyme with “buck stew?”

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsTip of the Iceberg: Michael Flynn Resigns
Tuesday’s TaleSquatchentine’s Day
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Happy Valentine’s Day! ::hugggggs::