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

Alexander IV issued the papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae, establishing the Augustinian monastic order, today (1256). Also, the Council of Constance condemned John Wycliffe and Jan Hus as heretics (1415), Alexander VI divided the New World between Spain and Portugal (1493), Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan Island (1626), Charles II authorized the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory (1675), the Philippine municipality of Ilagan was founded (1686), Rhode Island became the first U.S. colony to renounce allegiance to George III (1776), Ferdinand VII signed the decree that returned Spain to an absolute monarchy (1814), the Irish-Catholic Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded (1836), the Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge, linking Devon and Cornwall (1859), the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players opened their first season (1871), 8 people died when a bomb exploded as police attacked a labor rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square (1886), 8 fisherman died while sailing on Ireland’s Galway Bay (1902), the U.S. began construction on the Panama Canal, on the same day Charles Rolls and Frederick Royce, the founders of Rolls-Royce, met in Manchester, England (1904), the Royal Canadian Navy was established (1910), students gathered at Beijing’s Tienanmen Square to protest the Treaty of Versailles’ grant of Chinese territory to Japan (1919), Al Capone began serving his 11-year sentence for federal income tax evasion (1932), 31 people including all but 2 members of Torino F.C. died when their plane crashed into Superga Hill near Turin, Italy (1949), Ernest Hemingway won a Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea (1953), the first Grammy Awards were held (1959), the first “Freedom Riders” left Washington, D.C. for New Orleans (1961), 4 students were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen during protests at Kent State University (1970), the Don’t Make A Wave Committee changed their name to Greenpeace (1972), Kyoko Sato and 4 other Japanese women reached the summit of Manaslu, making them the first all-female team to summit an 8000-meter peak (1974), 2 people died and 372 were injured when space shuttle fuel exploded at the PEPCON plant in Henderson, Nevada (1988), Latvia reclaimed independence (1990), Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed the accord granting Palestinian autonomy in the Gaza Strip and Jericho (1994), Theodore Kaczynski was sentenced to 4 life terms plus 30 years for his “Unabomber” murders (1998), Ken Livingstone became London’s first mayor (2000), 149 people including 78 on the ground died when EAS Airlines Flight 4226 crashed on takeoff in Kano, Nigeria (2002), 11 people died and 95% of the city was destroyed when an EF-5 tornado struck Greensburg, Kansas (2007), and 3 people were killed when bombs exploded on two buses in Nairobi, Kenya (2014). And the Parliament of Malta moved from the Grandmaster’s Palace to the custom-built Parliament House (2015).


Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsGod King’s ‘Religious Liberty’ plus Other Stuff
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with Walkers
Campus QuestionIs the real lesson of the 2016 election that it’s better to tell rosy lies than hard truths?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsGOP to Vote on Wealthcare Act
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with How Kids Play Star Wars
Campus Question at 6pm ET


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