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

Thomas Howard was arrested for his role in the Ridolfi plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I of England and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots, today (1571). Also, pirate Henry Every captured the Grand Mughal ship Ganj-i-Sawai, prompting Emperor Aurangzeb to threaten to end to all English trading in India (1695), Ezra Lee reportedly made the world’s first submarine attack in the Turtle, attempting to attach a time bomb to the hull of HMS Eagle in New York Harbor (1776), Dom Pedro I declared Brazil’s independence (1822), British expatriots founded the Genoa Cricket & Athletic Club, now one of the oldest Italian football clubs (1893), the first matches of what is now rugby league football were played by the Northern Rugby Football Union (1895), the signing of the Boxer Protocol officially ended the Boxer Rebellion in China (1901), Eugene Lefebvre became the first pilot to die in a heavier-than-air crash during a test flight of a French-built Wright biplane near Paris (1909), although later cleared, French writer and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire was arrested on suspicion of stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre (1911), the first Miss America Pageant began in Atlantic City, on the same day the Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland (1921), Philo Taylor Farnsworth developed the first fully electronic television system (1927), Benjamin, the last surviving thylacine, died in her cage at Tasmania’s Hobart Zoo (1936), 55 people died in a fire at Houston’s Gulf Hotel (1943), the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio (1963), Bill Shoemaker eclipsed Johnny Longden’s record for most lifetime wins as a jockey (1970), Panama and the U.S. signed the Torrijos-Carter Treaties that would control of the canal to Panama on December 31, 1999 (1977), while walking on London’s Waterloo Bridge, dissident Georgi Markov was assassinated by a Bulgarian secret police agent using a ricin pellet fired from the tip of an umbrella (1978), Desmond Tutu became the first black man to lead the Anglican Church in South Africa (1986), 143 people died as a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Athens, Greece (1999), 39 people died as Category 5 Hurricane Ivan struck Grenada (2004), the U.S. government took control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (2008), 43 people, including nearly the entire roster of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Kontinental Hockey League team died in a plane crash near Yaroslavl, Russia (2011), and 89 people died as a series of earthquakes struck Yunnan, China, on the same day Canada broke off diplomatic relations with Iran over support for Syria, nuclear plans, and alleged human rights abuses (2012). And the Liberal Party led by Tony Abbot won Australia’s federal election (2013).


Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsDACA, Irma, and Other Four-Letter Words
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with Racism and the GOP
Campus QuestionWill GOP extend the debt ceiling, fund the government, and fix DACA by December 31st?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsThe ‘Chuck and Nancy’ Deal, plus Other Stuff
Campus Question at 6pm ET


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