Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)
Charles the Simple and Rollo of Normandy signed the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte today (911). Also, a coalition from Flemish cities defeated France in the Battle of the Golden Spurs (1302), Zheng He and a fleet of 317 ships set sail from Suzhou, China on a journey of exploration that would take them to Thailand, India, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Horn of Africa (1405), Clement VII excommunicated Henry VIII (1533), Martin Frobisher sighted Greenland (1576), Samuel de Champlain returned to Québec (1616), Pluto passed inside the orbit of Neptune for the last time until 1979 (1735), a fire destroyed Halifax, Nova Scotia (1750), James Cook began his third voyage (1776), the U.S. took possession of Detroit under the Jay Treaty (1796), Jean-Louis Pons discovered his first comet (1801), Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in their infamous duel (1804), London’s Waterloo Station opened (1848), Tijuana, Mexico, was founded (1889), Kokichi Mikimoto extracted the first cultured pearl (1893), Auguste and Louis Lumière demonstrated motion pictures to scientists (1895), Babe Ruth made his Major League Baseball debut (1914), the Netherlands legislated the eight-hour workday with Sundays off (1919), former President Howard Taft was sworn in as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the only American to hold both positions (1921), the Hollywood Bowl opened (1922), Australian cricketer Donald Bradman scored a world record 309 runs in one day en route to an individual record 334 innings in a single Test match (1930), New York City’s Triborough Bridge opened (1936), the SS Exodus left France for Palestine (1947), Benin, Burkina Faso, and Niger gained independence, on the same day Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published (1960), Chile nationalized her copper mines (1971), the World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky began (1972), President Jimmy Carter posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1977), 216 tourists died when a truck carrying liquid gas crashed and exploded at a campsite in Tarragona, Spain (1978), Skylab reentered the Earth’s atmosphere and burned over the Indian Ocean (1979), the Srebrenica Massacre began in Bosnia (1995), 209 people were killed in a series of bomb attacks on commuter trains in Mumbai, India (2006), and 13 people died when containers of artillery shells exploded after being stored in the sun for 2½ years at Cyprus’ Evangelos Florakis Naval Base (2011). And astronomers announced the discovery of Styx, the fifth moon of Pluto (2012).
Yesterday on Campus
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Campus Question – Is the problem with Brett Kavanaugh precisely that he is a “normal conservative jurist” at a time when conservatism is openly anti-democratic?
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