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

Francis Drake claimed Nova Albion, now California, for England today (1579). Also, Willem Barentsz discovered the Arctic archipelago of Spitsbergen (1596), Mumtaz Mahal died giving birth, prompting Mughal Shah Jahan I to spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal (1631), Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet began exploring the Mississippi River (1673), Juana Rangel de Cuéllar founded the city of Cúcuta, Colombia (1773), France’s Third Estate declared itself the National Assembly (1789), Kamehameha III issued the edict that gave Roman Catholics freedom to worship in the Hawaiian islands (1839), the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor (1885), the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps was established (1898), the College Board released the forerunner to the SAT (1901), President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act (1930), four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash were killed by gangsters attempting to free Nash at Kansas City’s Union Station (1933), Eugen Weidmann was executed outside the Saint-Pierre Prison in Versailles, the last public execution in France (1939), Iceland declared independence (1944), 19 workers died when what is now the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing, then under construction, collapsed into Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet (1958), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned mandatory public school prayer and Bible recitation in Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), President Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs (1971), five White House operatives were arrested for burglary after breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel (1972), Saudi Air Force pilot Sultan bin Salman Al Saud became the first Muslim, first Arab, and first royal to fly into space, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery (1985), the last Dusky Seaside Sparrow died in a protected habitat on the Discovery Island at Walt Disney World in Florida (1987), President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed what would later be codified as START II (1992), and O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman (1994). And 9 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina (2015).


Yesterday on Campus

Morning LedeDisagreement, Contempt, and Violence
Campus QuestionAlex Jones, Megyn Kelly, God-King, Robert Mueller, Megan McArdle … why can’t it be Saturday already?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsSome Lives Matter…
Campus Question at 6pm ET


Photo Credit: RavenWhimsy (Tumblr)


Good morning! ::hugggggs::