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

Justinian I ordered the construction of the Hagia Sophia Basilica today (532). Also, the first Gutenberg Bible was published (1455), the Cato Street Conspiracy to murder all members of the British cabinet was exposed (1820), the Orange River Convention confirmed the independent Orange Free State, now the Free State province of South Africa (1854), President-elect Abraham Lincoln was sneaked into Washington, thwarting the Baltimore Plot (1861), Mississippi was readmitted to the U.S. (1870), Alabama enacted the nation’s first anti-trust law (1883), the Tootsie Roll was invented (1896), Cuba leased Guantánamo Bay to the U.S. “in perpetuity” (1903), Chicago attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen formed the first Rotary Club (1905), Russia’s February Revolution began with demonstrations in Saint Petersburg (1917), President Calvin Coolidge signed the Radio Act, creating the Federal Radio Commission, now the Federal Communications Commission, on the same day Werner Heisenberg described his Uncertainty Principle in a letter to Wolfgang Pauli (1927), Glenn Seaborg produced the first plutonium (1941), 35 children and a staff member died when a fire swept through St. Joseph’s Orphanage in County Cavan, Ireland (1943), the International Organization for Standardization or ISO was founded (1947), mass polio inoculation for children using the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh (1954), the Symbionese Liberation Army demanded $4 million for the release of Patty Hearst (1974), the EPA announced they would buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri (1983), 42 people died as a dozen tornadoes including three F3s swept across central Florida (1998), 31 people died as an avalanche devastated the town of Galtür, Austria (1999), the conservative Union for a Popular Movement majority in the French Parliament passed the controversial and soon-repealed law requiring schools to teach the “positive aspects” of colonialism (2005), the Grayrigg Derailment forced British rail companies to revise inspection and maintenance procedures (2007), and unknown saboteurs dumped an estimated 2.5 million gallons of diesel fuel and other hydrocarbons into Italy’s Lambro River (2010). And 83 people were killed as ISIS set off car bombs and IEDs in Baghdad and 14 other Iraqi cities (2012).


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