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

Marcus Tullius Cicero was assassinated today (43 BCE). Also, religious unrest sparked the execution of 10 local Protestant leaders in Toruń, Poland (1724), London’s Royal Opera House opened (1736), Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution, earning her “First State” moniker (1787), Jesse James robbed his first bank (1869), Boston’s W1XAV ran the first TV commercial while broadcasting video from the CBS radio orchestra program The Fox Trappers (1930), Japanese naval planes struck Pearl Harbor within hours of Japanese army landings in Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and the Dutch East Indies (1941), 119 people died in Atlanta’s Winecoff Hotel Fire (1946), the government of the Republic of China moved to Taipei, Taiwan (1949), instant replay debuted during the Army–Navy football game (1963), after 911 years, Paul VI and Athenagoras I simultaneously revoked the mutual excommunications of Eastern and Roman Catholics, respectively (1965), the crew of Apollo 17 took The Blue Marble photo five minutes after their launch on the program’s final mission (1972), at least 25,000 people died as a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck near Spitak, Armenia, on the same day PLO leader Yasser Arafat recognized Israel’s right to exist (1988), 6 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on the Long Island Rail Road (1993), the Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter (1995), the Recording Industry Association of America sued Napster for copyright infringement (1999), an F2 tornado struck London’s Kensal Green, causing £10 million in damage but no deaths (2006), and a barge crane struck the tanker Hebei Spirit, spilling almost 12,000 tons of oil into the harbor at Daesan, South Korea (2007). And 57 people died when Pakistan International Airline Flight PK661 crashed near Havelian in northern Pakistan (2016).

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Today on Campus

Mixed NutsBakers, Cakes, and ‘Religious Freedom’
Midday Matinee – Linda Lee with National Parks and Monuments
Campus QuestionWill Sen. Al Franken’s resignation, alongside that of Rep. John Conyers, confirm Democrats as “the Party of Women?”

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsAl Franken, the God-King, and the God-Prince
YouTube Treasures at 2pm ET – Lake Toba with Cracked: Five Reasons Why Movies Are Getting Worse
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: Geert Weggen (Mercury Press)

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::