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

The Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on Rome’s Capitoline Hill was dedicated today (509 BCE). Also, Constantine the Great consecrated the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (335), Michelangelo began work on his statue of David (1501), Ferdinand and Isabella ordered the construction of the Capilla Real in Granada, Spain (1504), John Calvin returned to Geneva to reform the church under the doctrine that bears his name (1541), Madrid’s San Lorenzo del Escorial Palace was completed (1584), the Philadelphia Convention set the date for the first U.S. presidential election and made New York City the nation’s temporary capital (1788), during the siege of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” later paired with John Stafford Smith’s bawdy British song “To Anacreon in Heaven” to become our national anthem (1814), Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage survived a 3-foot driven through his head, and his personality changes spurred thinking on the nature of the brain and its functions (1848), Johann Coaz and Jon and Lorenz Ragut Tscharner reached the summit of the Piz Bernina near St. Moritz (1850), Hannibal Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film (1898), Henry Bliss became the first person in the U.S. to die in an automobile accident, on the same day Halford Mackinder and guides Cesar Ollier and Josef Brocherel reached the Batain peak, the highest summit of Mount Kenya (1899), a coup d’état in Spain established the seven-year military dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera that weakened the monarchy and set the stage for the Spanish Civil War (1923), Elizabeth McCombs became the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament (1933), Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate, making her the first woman to serve in both chambers of Congress (1948), the IBM 305 RAMAC was unveiled as the first commercial computer to use disk storage (1956), New York State Police and National Guardsmen stormed the Attica Prison to end the four-day prison revolt (1971), an old radiotherapy device was stolen from an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil and would eventually contaminate 250 people, with 4 deaths and 16 others treated for radiation sickness (1987), Desmond Tutu led the largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa (1989), Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands at the White House after signing the Oslo Accords (1993), the Ulysses probe passed the Sun’s south pole (1994), a gunman opened fire at Montréal’s Dawson College, killing 1 and injuring 19 others before killing himself (2006), the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), and 30 people died in a series of bomb blasts in Delhi, India, on the same day 84 people died as Hurricane Ike made landfall in Texas (2008). And two Afghan National Police officers were killed when Taliban terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Herat, Afghanistan (2013).


Yesterday on Campus

Campus QuestionFeds investigating suspicious money transfers after Trump Tower meeting; God-King diverts $10 million from FEMA to ICE. Will such money trails expose the GOP’s culture of corruption?

Today on Campus

Campus Question at 6pm ET


Photo Credit: RavenWhimsy (Tumblr)


Good morning! ::hugggggs::