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

The University of Oxford was chartered today (1214). Also, Algerian pirates sacked the Irish village of Baltimore (1631), a British garrison was imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta (1756), Congress adopted the Great Seal of the U.S. (1782), Deputies of the French Third Estate swore the Tennis Court Oath (1789), the SS Savannah arrived in Liverpool as the first steamship to cross the Atlantic (1819), Victoria became Queen of England upon the death of her uncle, William IV (1837), Samuel Morse patented his telegraph (1840), West Virginia became our 35th state (1863), Alexander Graham Bell installed the first commercial telephone service, in Hamilton, Ontario (1877), the Victoria Terminus, now the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, opened in what is now Mumbai (1887), Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother (1893), the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal, now the Kiel Canal, opened across base of the Jutland Peninsula (1895), 150 people died as a fire swept through the Teatro Yaguez in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico (1919), 34 people would die over three days as the Detroit Race Riot erupted (1943), Secretary of State Edward Stettinius approved the transfer of Wernher von Braun and other German scientists to the U.S. under Operation Paperclip (1945), Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, premiered on CBS (1948), 74 people died when Linea Aeropostal Venezolana Flight 253 crashed off the coast of New Jersey (1956), 35 people died when the remnants of the first Atlantic hurricane of the season struck Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (1959), the Mali Federation gained independence (1960), the Moscow-Washington Hotline was opened (1963), President Richard Nixon and Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman discussed the arrests at the Watergate Hotel, although their conversation disappeared into the infamous 18½-Minute Gap (1972), 13 people were killed when snipers opened fire on a crowd gathering for the return of Juan Perón near the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires (1973), a Nicaraguan soldier shot and killed ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart (1979), David Levy and Henry Holt discovered the asteroid 5261 Eureka (1990), and the German Bundestag voted to move the capital from Bonn to Berlin upon reunification (1991). And Jimmy Wales founded the WikiMedia Foundation (2003).


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