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

The Swiss Anabaptist movement began Felix Manz, Conrad Grebel, George Blaurock, and a dozen others baptized each other in Manz’s Zürich home today (1525). Also, a fire destroyed Verona’s Philharmonic Theatre (1749), the first American novel, William Hill Brown’s The Power of Sympathy: or, the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, was published (1789), Louis XVI was guillotined, the only French king ever executed (1793), Jules Dumont d’Urville landed at and claimed Adélie Land, Antarctica for France (1840), soon-to-be Confederate President Jefferson Davis resigned from the U.S. Senate (1861), Brisbane was drenched by over 18″ of rain, still the record for a capital city in Australia (1887), Opel produced their first automobile (1899), the New York City Board of Aldermen passed the Sullivan Ordinance that forbade women to smoke in public establishments, although Mayor George McClellan Jr. would veto it two weeks later (1908), Prince Albert I held the first Monte Carlo Rally, won by Henri Rougier in a Turcat-Méry (1911), Detroit businessmen Allen Browne and Joseph Prance founded the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers, now Kiwanis International (1915), the First Dáil Éireann met in the Mansion House Dublin, and Sinn Féin adopted Ireland’s first constitution (1919), Albania became a republic (1925), Isaac Isaacs was inaugurated as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia (1931), the National Assembly of Québec adopted and flew the Flag of Québec (1948), former State Department and U.N. lawyer Alger Hiss was convicted of perjury for his statements regarding never-proven charges that he was a Soviet agent (1950), First Lady Mamie Eisenhower commissioned the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine (1954), a rhesus monkey named Miss Sam lifted off for an 8-minute flight in Project Mercury spacecraft Little Joe 1B (1960), 435 miners died in a collapse at South Africa’s Coalbrook Mining Village, now Holly Country (1961), the Concorde began commercial service (1976), President Jimmy Carter pardoned nearly all Vietnam-era draft evaders (1977), the U.S. House voted 395-28 to reprimand Speaker New Gingrich for ethics violations, the first speaker to receive such discipline (1997), indigenous groups and military officers forced Ecuadorean President Jamil Mahuad to resign, although senior officers quelled the coup d’état and elevated Vice President Gustavo Noboa on the same day (2000), 29 people died as a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Mexican state of Colima (2003), NASA lost communication with the Mars Rover Spirit due to a flash memory error that required 16 days to correct (2004), riots over a new federal budget with steep tax increases began four months of unrest in Belize (2005), and 5 people were killed when police opened fire on protesters in Tirana, Albania (2011). And at least 3.2 million people took part in Women’s March events across the U.S., the largest one-day protest in the nation’s history (2017).


Yesterday on Campus

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