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

Julius Caesar wrote “the die is cast” and crossed the Rubicon today (49 BCE). Also, China’s Western Han Dynasty ended when Wang Mang claimed a Mandate from Heaven and founded his Xin Dynasty (9), Thomas Paine published Common Sense (1776), Napoleon Bonaparte divorced Joséphine (1810), Florida seceded from the U.S. (1861), the London Underground opened between the Paddington and Farringdon stations (1863), John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil (1870), Texas’ first gusher was struck at Spindletop in Beaumont (1901), Fritz Lang’s futuristic film Metropolis premiered (1927), as did Georges Remi’s cartoon The Adventures of Tintin (1929), the first General Assembly of the United Nations opened in London, on the same day the U.S. Army Signal Corps bounced the first radio signals off the Moon in Project Diana (1946), the U.S. and the Vatican City resumed diplomatic relations after a 117-year ban by Congress (1984), Daniel Ortega was inaugurated as President of Nicaragua, having won 67% of the vote in the previous November’s election (1985), Time Inc. and Warner Communications merged to form Time Warner (1990), 10 people died in a mudslide in La Conchita, California (2005), workers in Guinea began a general strike to force the resignation of President Lansana Conté (2007), 9 people died as torrential rains triggered flash floods in the Lockyer Valley region of South East Queensland, Australia (2011), and 130 people were killed as bombs exploded in Pakistan’s Swat Valley and the city of Quetta (2013). And 62 people died when a bus collided with an oil tanker truck near Karachi, Pakistan, on the same day 75 people died after drinking tainted beer at a funeral in Mozambique (2015).

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Today on Campus

Mixed NutsImmigration, Steele Dossier, and Other Stuff
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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