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

Vicente Yáñez Pinzón became the first modern European to reach Brazil today (1500). Also, Job was elected the first Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (1589), the magnitude 9.0 Cascadia Earthquake just off the Pacific Northwest coast triggered Japan’s “Orphan Tsunami” (1700), George Johnston led the New South Wales Corps in Australia’s short-lived Rum Rebellion (1808), Michigan became our 26th state (1837), Louisiana seceded from the U.S. (1861), Virginia rejoined the U.S. (1870), the 3106.75-carat Cullinan Diamond was found at the Premier Mine near Praetoria, South Africa (1905), Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier premiered at the Dresden State Opera (1911), Congress established the Rocky Mountain National Park (1915), Red Guards hung a red lantern in the tower of Helsinki Workers’ Hall, starting the Finnish Civil War (1918), Henry Leland founded the Lincoln Motor Company (1920), the formerly whites-only Hurtig & Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater reopened as the Apollo Theater in Harlem (1934), the Constitution of India took effect and Rajendra Prasad was sworn in as the first president on India’s first Republic Day (1950), 26 people died as rioting sparked the Cairo Fire in Egypt (1952), Danny Heater scored a single-game record 135 points for Burnsville High School in West Virginia (1960), President John Kennedy chose Dr. Janet Travell as the first female presidential physician (1961), Hindi became India’s official language (1965), 9-year-old Jane, 7-year-old Arnna, and 4-year-old Grant Beaumont vanished on Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, sparking one of Australia’s largest and still unsolved criminal investigations (1966), the Great Blizzard brought heavy snow and winds up to 100mph to the Great Lakes region (1978), Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations (1980), Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced that his nation would no longer target U.S. cities with nuclear weapons (1992), President Bill Clinton denied having had sexual relations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (1998), 20,000 people died as a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Gujarat, India (2001), President Hamid Karzai signed the new Constitution of Afghanistan (2004), 11 people died when two trains derailed near Glendale, California (2005), and rioting erupted in Antananarivo, Madagascar, the start of a crisis that would ultimately depose President Marc Ravalomanana (2009). And 11 people died when a Greek air force jet crashed at Los Llanos Air Base in Spain, on the same day the blizzard dubbed Winter Storm Juno struck New York and New England, and on the same day Libby Lane was ordained as the Church of England’s first female bishop (2015).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology took a step outside with his telescope, shivered, and hurried back inside for hot chocolate. The Bippiescopes will return next week.

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Yesterday on Campus

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Today on Campus

YouTube TreasuresLake Toba with To Be Announced
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: RavenWhimsy (Tumblr)

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::