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

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake devastated Constantinople today (557). Also, over 50,000 people died in the St. Lucia’s Flood after the Netherlands’ Zuiderzee seawall collapsed (1287), Austria’s Theresian Military Academy, the world’s first, was founded (1751), Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier flew their first test balloon (1782), Alabama became our 22nd state (1819), Ohio and Michigan resolved the Toledo War (1836), the Glasgow Underground Railway opened (1896), Max Planck presented the theoretical basis for black body radiation (1900), the first Pacific telegraph cable was laid from San Francisco to Honolulu (1902), the Seat of Government Surrender Act transferred land from New South Wales to form the Australian Capital Territory (1909), Portuguese President Sidónio Pais was assassinated (1918), the United Nations General Assembly chose New York City for their headquarters (1946), NASA’s Mariner 2 became the first man-made probe to fly by Venus (1962), 5 people died in a flood after the dam holding Los Angeles’ Baldwin Hills Reservoir burst (1963), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Civil Rights Act under the Commerce Clause in Heart of Atlanta Motel v. U.S. (1964), Greece’s ET3 television network was launched in Thessaloniki (1988), construction began on China’s Three Gorges Dam (1994), the leaders of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, now Serbia and Montenegro, signed the Dayton Agreement (1995), tens of thousands died as flash floods and mudslides followed torrential rains in Vargas, Venezuela (1999), France’s Millau Viaduct opened as the world’s tallest bridge (2004), reporter Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw his shoes at then-President George W. Bush during a press conference in Iraq (2008), and a gunman killed his mother at home and then 26 people including 20 children before killing himself at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut (2012). And an attempted coup d’état set off the South Sudanese Civil War (2013).

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Today on Campus

Mixed NutsSenator-elect Doug Jones (D-AL)!
Campus QuestionDoes Doug Jones’ victory portend “a Trump-Driven Worst-Case Situation” or the much larger problem that “the Republican Party is led by an unpopular president and unpopular congressional leaders who are pursuing an unpopular agenda?”

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsA Political Blizzard
YouTube TreasuresLake Toba with Pac-Man Ghosts: How Do They Decide Where to Go?
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: Geert Weggen (Mercury Press)

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