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

Carloman I and Charlemagne are crowned Kings of The Franks today (768). Also, James I of Aragon founded the Kingdom of Valencia (1238), Korea’s Hangul alphabet was published (1446), Mérida, Venezuela was founded (1558), the first observers recorded what is now called Kelpler’s Supernova (1604), Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent (1635), the Collegiate School of Connecticut, now Yale University, was founded (1701), Dutch colonists began the two-week Batavia Massacre that would kill an estimated 10,000 ethnic Chinese in what is now Jakarta, Indonesia (1740), the Tasmanian capital of Hobart was founded (1804), Guayaquil declared independence (1820), Costa Rica abolished slavery (1824), the Dublin and Kingstown Railway opened as Ireland’s first public railroad (1834), the U.S. Naval Academy established the U.S. Naval Institute (1873), the Washington Monument opened to the public (1888), Las Cruces, New Mexico was incorporated (1907), the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago White Sox to win a World Series later tainted by the Black Sox gambling scandal (1919), generators at Boulder Dam, now Hoover Dam, began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles (1936), the Australian Parliament passed the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act, formalizing the nation’s autonomy within the British Commonwealth (1942), Uganda gained autonomy within the British Commonwealth (1961), Che Guevara was executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia (1967), the National Guard was called in for crowd control during the trial of the “Chicago Eight” (1969), the Khmer Republic was proclaimed in Cambodia (1970), John Paul II shook hands with the Dalai Lama (1980), France abolished capital punishment (1981), 21 people died but South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan survived as assassins set off a bomb during his visit to Rangoon, Burma (1983), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera premiered in London (1986), TASS reported a UFO landing near Vorozneh (1989), a 35-pound chunk of the Peekskill meteorite destroyed the Knapp family’s car in Peekskill, New York (1991), a sleeping car attendant was killed and 78 passengers and crew injured when saboteurs derailed the Amtrak Sunset Limited near Palo Verde, Arizona (1995), the SR-71 made its last flight (1999), a second set of anthrax-laced letters was mailed from Trenton, New Jersey (2001), EPCOT Center’s Mission: SPACE opened at Florida’s Walt Disney World (2003), North Korea claimed to test her first nuclear weapon (2006), and NASA’s Centaur probe struck the Moon in search of ice, followed minutes later by the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite that tested the impact’s dust plume (2009). And Taliban gunmen attempted to murder 15-year-old student-activist Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan (2012).

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