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

Germany’s Otto I was crowned today (936). Also, Construction began on the dome of the Basilica Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy(1420), the brigantine Le Griffon was towed to the south-eastern end of the Niagara River, making her the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes (1679), General George Washington authorized the Badge of Military Merit, now the Purple Heart, to honor soldiers wounded in battle (1782), the U.S. Department of War was established (1789), President George Washington invoked the Militia Acts to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion (1794), the Poor Man’s Palace opened in Manchester, England (1879), Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends finished their 99-day auto trip from New York City to San Francisco, the first women to drive across the U.S. (1909), the Peace Bridge opened between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York (1927), IBM dedicated the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, better known as the Harvard Mark I (1944), Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki reached Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 4300-mile voyage from South America (1947), Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, now Sony, sold their first transistor radios in Japan (1955), the U.S. Mint began issuing the Lincoln Memorial penny (1959), Côte d’Ivoire gained independence (1960), Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing President Lyndon Johnson to expand the Vietnam War (1964), Philippe Petit made eight high-wire crossings between the twin towers of the World Trade Center (1974), Viking 2 entered orbit around Mars (1976), President Jimmy Carter declared a federal emergency at Love Canal (1978), 2 people died as 5 tornadoes including an F4 struck Woodstock, Ontario (1979), The Washington Star declared bankruptcy and ceased publication after 130 years (1981), Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai were chosen as Japan’s first astronauts (1985), 212 people were killed in Al Qaeda bombing attacks of U.S. embassies at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya (1998), and 19 people were killed when three gunmen attacked the Deeper Life Church near Okene, Nigeria (2012). And 11 people were killed when a bomb exploded at a market in Karachi, Pakistan (2013).

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Yesterday on Campus

Ask Ms. Crissie“I Strongly Believe in Diversity … However?”
Campus QuestionOn Face Sunday This Union Meet: Over the next 18 months, which investigation will yield more indictments: the leakers, or the God-King’s family and aides?
Our EarthEco News Roundup

Today on Campus

Things We Did This WeekShare your stories of political activism!
Mixed NutsGoogle, Statistics, and Bullshit
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with George Carlin on Political Speech
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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