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

The Mongols captured Baghdad, ending the Abbasid Caliphate today (1258). Also, 63 Oxford scholars and at least 30 locals died in the St. Scholastica’s Day Riots (1355), Victoria of England married Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1840), the YWCA was founded in New York City (1870), Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performed Poland’s symbolic Wedding to the Sea (1920), Texas Technological College, now Texas Tech University, was founded (1923), Glenn Miller received the first gold record, for “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (1942), President Dwight Eisenhower warned against U.S. intervention in Vietnam (1954), captured U2 pilot Gary Powers and Soviet spy Rudolf Abel were exchanged on Berlin’s Glienicke Bridge (1962), 82 Australian sailors died as the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne struck and sank the destroyer HMAS Voyager (1964), the Twenty-fifth Amendment was ratified (1967), 8 people were killed by an arsonist’s fire at the Las Vegas Hilton (1981), Ron Brown was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee, the first black to head a major U.S. political party (1989), IBM’s Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov for the first time (1996), the satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 were destroyed when they collided in orbit (2009), and 36 people died in a stampede at the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India (2013). And Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius resigned after five years in office (2014).

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Yesterday on Campus

Campus QuestionOn State Sunday Meet Week Face: Was firing missiles at Syria the God-King’s “finest hour” (Nikki Haley), “an excellent first step” (John McCain), or merely the complete absence of a “coherent policy” (Ben Cardin)?
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Today on Campus

There will be no Mixed Nuts this morning, as the Squirrel’s proboscis is still genuflected, and your lowly mail room clerk is still ill with an infection. We hope they feel better tomorrow.

Things We Did This WeekShare your stories of political activism!
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with Protecting Public Lands
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::