Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
The Polans’ ruler Mieszko I converted to Christianity, considered the founding of the state of Poland, today (966). Also, the foundation stone was laid for the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France (1434), Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush organized the Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, North America’s first abolitionist society (1775), Noah Webster copyrighted his first dictionary (1828), the Donner party left Springfield, Illinois for California (1846), President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre and Secretary of State William Seward and his family were attacked in their home (1865), the First International Conference of American States founded the Pan American Union, now the Organization of American States (1890), the Azusa Street Revival opened and would spark the Pentecostal movement (1906), the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg (1912), Volvo produced their first automobile (1927), Britain published the first Highway Code (1931), the Black Sunday Storm, the most severe of the Dust Bowl, struck Oklahoma and Texas (1935), John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath was published (1939), 800 people died as an ammunition ship exploded at the Victoria dock in Bombay, now Mumbai (1944), videotape was introduced in Chicago (1954), Sputnik 2 fell from orbit after 162 days (1958), Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied for the Best Actress Academy Award (1969), 60 people were killed as President Ronald Reagan ordered the bombing of Libyan targets in response to the April 5 Berlin Disco Bombing, on the same day 92 people died as world-record 2-pound hailstones fell on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh (1986), the Soviet Union agreed to withdraw from Afghanistan (1988), 26 people died as U.S. Air Force F-15s mistakenly shot down two U.S. Army helicopters in Iraq (1994), hailstones up to 3″ in diameter pelted Sydney, Australia (1999), the Human Genome Project was completed (2003), up to 1.5 million Turks protested in Ankara against the presidential candidacy of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (2007), and 2698 people died as a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Yushu, China (2010). And at least 88 people died when two bombs exploded in Abuja, Nigeria (2014).
In honor of Easter weekend, or because the
Janitor Professor of Astrology didn’t feel like researching, there are no Bippiescopes this week. The Bippiescopes will return next week.
Yesterday on Campus
Mixed Nuts – Fearless Girl, the Bull, and Art vs. Propaganda
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with TED Talk Elizabeth Murchison: Fighting a Contagious Cancer
Campus Question – Will the God-King be trapped between his fantastical campaign lies and the hard truth of governance?
Today on Campus
Photo Credit: RavenWhimsy (Tumblr)
Good morning! ::hugggggs::