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

Romans celebrated the first Saturnalia festival today (497 BCE). Also, the Ostrogoths plundered Rome (546), Paul III excommunicated Henry VIII (1538), Francis Drake left England on his secret voyage to explore the Pacific coast of the Americas for Elizabeth I (1577), France’s Henry IV married Marie de’ Medici (1600), workers excavating Mexico City’s Zócalo to repair the cathedral found the Aztec Calendar Stone (1790), Simón Bolívar declared the independence of Gran Colombia (1819), 20 people died and much of lower Manhattan was leveled by the Great Fire of New York (1835), 30 guards died as a fire swept through Saint Petersburg’s Winter Palace (1837), Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony premiered (1865), as did Vogue magazine (1892), a fire destroyed Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park Casino, the first arena in North America capable of generating an indoor ice rink (1896), the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight of the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (1903), workers marched on the Government House in Darwin, Australia to protest political representation, unemployment, and taxes (1918), Otto Hahn discovered the nuclear fission of uranium (1938), the American Civil Rights Congress presented the “We Charge Genocide” document to the United Nations (1951), over 500 people died when a fire swept through a circus in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1961), Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt vanished and was presumed drowned while swimming near Portsea (1967), the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks or SALT I began, on the same day the U.S. Air Force ended the Project BLUEBOOK investigation of unidentified flying objects (1969), 30 people were killed in a terrorist attack at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (1973), Italian Red Brigades terrorists kidnapped U.S. general James Dozier (1981), 6 people were killed in a terrorist bombing at London’s Harrods Department Store (1983), The Simpsons premiered, on the same day Fernando Collor de Mello defeated Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in a runoff to become Brazil’s first democratically elected president in almost three decades (1989), Britain’s Firearms Amendment No. 2 Act took effect, banning handguns except antiques and show pieces (1997), a peace accord ended the Second Congo War (2002), SpaceShipOne made its first supersonic flight (2003), Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicated as King of Bhutan (2005), 44 people and over 28,000 animals died when the MV Danny F II sank off the coast of Lebanon (2009), and Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest mistreatment by a government official, and set in motion the Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring (2010). And the U.S. and Cuba reestablished diplomatic relations after 54 years (2014).

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Today on Campus

Mixed NutsGod-King’s ‘Seven Dirty Words’ List for CDC
Campus QuestionWeird News: Should bovine pilots carrying gold coins avoid chimneys in airports?

Today on Campus

Ask Ms. CrissieMoore: “The Battle Is Not Over?”
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: Geert Weggen (Mercury Press)

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