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

Edward of Caernarvon, later Edward II of England, became the first English Prince of Wales today (1301). Also, Supporters of Girolamo Savonarola in Florence, Italy burned cosmetics, books, and objects of art in the original Bonfire of the Vanities (1497), the Eleventh Amendment was ratified (1795), the last and most powerful in a series of four earthquakes leveled New Madrid, Missouri (1812), the Tasmanian Parliament passed the Electoral Act providing elections by secret ballot (1856), the Western Federation of Miners began the Cripple Creek Strike (1894), Émile Zola went on trial for libel for J’Accuse (1898), the Great Baltimore Fire destroyed 1500 buildings in 30 hours (1904), the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies led the Mud March (1907), Walt Disney’s Pinocchio premiered (1940), the U.S. banned trade with Cuba (1962), a CBS News report described a “British Invasion” called “Beatlemania” as the rock group arrived for their first U.S. visit (1964), Grenada gained independence (1974), the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Darryl Sittler scored an NHL single game record 10 points with 6 goals and 4 assists against the Boston Bruins (1976), Pluto moved inside Neptune’s orbit for the first time since either had been discovered (1979), the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agreed to give up one-party rule (1990), Jean-Bertrand Aristide was inaugurated as Haiti’s first democratically-elected president (1991), members of the European Community signed the Maastricht Treaty that would establish the euro and the European Union a year later (1992), 173 people died as over 400 Black Saturday Bushfires swept Victoria, Australia (2009), Maldive Islands’ President Mohamed Nasheed resigned after 23 days of public protests (2012), 51 people died when a bus collided with an SUV and a semi-truck near Chibombo, Zambia (2013), and over 350 people were injured as riots over poverty and unemployment flared across Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014). And North Korea launched the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 satellite (2016).

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Yesterday on Campus

Campus QuestionDid sites like FiveThirtyEight breed a fatal complacency in would-be Democratic voters in 2016?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsHow Democracies Die, Part I: The Gatekeepers Fail
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