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

The first Parliament of Friuli convened today (1077). Also, the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis ended the Italian Wars (1559), the generals of the Greek War of Independence were put on trial for treason (1834), the Pony Express began its first run, from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California (1860), Gottlieb Daimler patented his engine design in Germany (1885), Oscar Wilde’s lawsuit for libel went to trial and would result in his imprisonment for homosexuality (1895), Douglas Douglas-Hamilton made the first flight over Mt. Everest (1933), Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s infant son (1936), the Japanese army led by Masaharu Homma began their assault on Bataan (1942), and Gen. Homma was executed for having led the Bataan Death March (1946), President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan, on the same day the Jeju Uprising began in South Korea (1948), 40 people died as 49 tornadoes including an F5 swept across Michigan (1956), the Leadbeater’s Possum, thought extinct for 72 years, was rediscovered in Australia (1961), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech (1968), Motorola’s Martin Cooper made the first handheld mobile call to Bell Labs’ Joel Engel (1973), 319 people died as 148 tornadoes including 30 F4-F5s swept across the Midwest and South in the Super Outbreak (1974), Bobby Fischer forfeited his world chess championship to Anatoly Karpov (1975), the first successful portable computer, the Osborne 1, premiered at San Francisco’s West Coast Computer Faire (1981), 35 people including Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown died when a U.S. Air Force transport crashed in Croatia, on the same day “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski was captured at his cabin in Montana (1996), 52 of the 53 villagers of Thalit, Algeria were massacred by guerrillas (1997), a federal court held that Microsoft had violated anti-trust laws (2000), the terrorists responsible for the Madrid Train Bombings committed suicide when they were trapped in their apartment by Spanish police (2004), a French TGV set a world rail speed record at 357.2 mph (2007), Texas law enforcement officials surrounded the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints YFZ Ranch near Eldorado (2008), and at least 99 people died as heavy rains triggered flash floods in Buenos Aires and La Plata, Argentina (2013). And an anonymous source leaked the Panama Papers, detailing over 200,000 offshore holding entities (2016).

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Yesterday on Campus

Ask Ms. CrissieGod-King: ‘NBC Should Parrot My Lies?”
Campus QuestionOn MeetWeekStateSundayFace: Was Sen. John McCain’s “another shoe drops from this centipede” the Metaphor of the Year?
Our EarthEco News Roundup

Today on Campus

Things We Did This WeekShare your stories of political activism!
Mixed NutsGod-King and Incitement, plus Other Stuff
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with So You Want My Money
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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