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

Richard the Lionheart died today (1199). Also, the Scots proclaimed their independence with the Declaration of Arbroath (1320), Petrarch first saw Laura, ever his unrequited love, in the church of Saint Clare of Assisi in Avignon (1327), John I was crowned King of Portugal (1385), Mehmed II began the Siege of Constantinople (1453), 2 people died as a rare magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the Dover Straits (1580), Jan van Riebeeck set up the supply camp that became Cape Town, South Africa (1652), the New York Slave Revolt began near Broadway (1712), Rama I founded Siam’s, now Thailand’s, Chakri Dynasty (1782), John Jacob Astor founded the American Fur Company that would make him America’s first millionaire (1808), France’s short-lived Bourbon Restoration began with Napoleon’s abdication and exile to Elba (1814), Joseph Smith Jr. founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (1830), and his son Joseph Smith III founded the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints, later renamed the Community of Christ (1860), Arthur Sullivan’s incidental music for The Tempest premiered (1861), John Hyatt patented celluloid in the U.S. (1869), Thomas Clemson died, leaving his estate to South Carolina for the university that bears his name (1888), Wilford Woodruff dedicated the Salt Lake Temple (1893), Oscar Wilde was arrested after losing his libel case to the Marquess of Queensberry (1895), the first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens (1896), Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reached the North Pole (1909), a team of U.S. Army Air Corps pilots began the first round-the-world flight (1924), Varney Airlines, now United Airlines, began operations (1926), the Louisiana House of Representatives impeached Gov. Huey Long (1929), Mohandas Gandhi began the Salt Satyagraha, lifting a clump of mud and salt and declaring “With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire” (1930), the first Tony Awards were presented (1947), Aristotle Onassis bought Hellenic National Airlines and founded Olympic Airlines (1957), Intelsat I, nicknamed “Early Bird,” became the first satellite launched into geosynchronous orbit (1965), 41 people died when a leaking gas main exploded and set off gunpowder in a sporting goods store in Richmond, Indiana (1968), 5 people including 4 California Highway Patrol officers were killed in a shootout in Newhall (1970), Pioneer 11 was launched (1973), Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira were killed when their aircraft was shot down, the start of the Rwandan Genocide (1994), Travelers Group announced the merger with Citicorp that would form Citibank (1998), Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas was removed by impeachment (2004), the Iraqi National Assembly elected Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as President of Iraq (2005), Egyptian workers staged a one-day general strike (2008), and 207 people died as a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck L’Aquila, Italy (2009). And Azawadis declared independence from Mali (2012).

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsDemocracy Wounded but Not Dead
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with I Will Not Concede
Campus QuestionWill the 2018 midterms be a 2006-like blue wave?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsGOP Grift, God-King Lies, plus Other Stuff
YouTube Treasures at 2pm ET – Lake Toba with Young Wolves Filmed Using Remote Camera
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: RavenWhimsy (Tumblr)

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::