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The Elizabethan era began with the death of Mary I and the crowning of her half-sister Elizabeth today (1558). Also, France and Spain signed the Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659), the Articles of Confederation were submitted to the states (1777), Congress met in Washington, D.C. for the first time (1800), Sweden declared war on Britain to fulfill a treaty obligation to Finland, but no fighting would occur and Sweden and Britain would continue to trade throughout the two-year Anglo-Swedish War (1810), Nathaniel Palmer saw Antarctica, the first American to do so (1820), Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Gran Colombia (1831), Giuseppe Verdi’s first opera, Oberto, premiered (1839), David Livingstone saw Victoria Falls, the first European to do so (1855), the Suez Canal was inaugurated (1869), Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March premiered (1876), the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League began play and would become the first U.S. hockey league to openly hire and trade players (1896), Howard University’s Omega Psi Phi became the first black Greek-lettered group to be founded at an historically black college or university (1911), exiled former Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI went to Italy (1922), the execution of 9 Czech students and the closing of all Czech universities by the Nazi government prompted what is now International Students’ Day (1939), the Screen Actors Guild implemented an anti-communist loyalty oath, on the same day John Bardeen and Walter Brattain observed the basic principles of the transistor (1947), Lhamo Dondrub was selected as the 14th Dalai Lama and renamed Tenzin Gyatso (1950), the last residents of the Blasket Islands moved to mainland Ireland (1953), President John Kennedy inaugurated Washington Dulles International Airport (1962), NBC cut away from the finish of the Oakland Raiders-New York Jets game to begin the movie Heidi (1968), William Calley went on trial for the My Lai Massacre, on the same day the Soviets’ Lunokhod 1 became the first remote-controlled rover to land on another celestial body (1970), President Richard Nixon said “I am not a crook” (1973), the first stage of Brisbane’s Suburban Railway Electrification was commissioned (1979), Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution began with a student demonstration in Prague (1989), 62 people were killed by Islamic militants at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt (1997), and 7 people died in a landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, on the same day the Peruvian Congress rejected the resignation of President Alberto Fujimori and instead voted to remove him from office for “moral corruption” (2000). And 50 schoolchildren and their driver died when a train struck their bus in Manfalut, Egypt (2012). And 50 people died when Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 crashed at Kazan Airport in Russia, on the same day 11 people died as 73 tornadoes including two EF4s struck the upper Midwest (2013).

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsElephant Trophies and Roy Moore, Coz ‘F—k You’
Campus QuestionShould Sen. Al Franken resign? If he does, will Republicans agree that accusations of sexual harassment should be believed? And do USO ‘comedy’ tours where “the skits were full of sexual innuendo geared toward a young male audience” contribute to a climate of harassment and misconduct?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsAl Franken, Jamie Johnson, and “Moral Values”
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Terminators?
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::