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OK OK OK settle down now we're going to start.
First we'll list some of the important things that happened today:
---1271 – Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia and China.
----1622 – Portuguese forces score a military victory over the Kingdom of Kongo at the Battle of Mbumbi in present-day Angola
---1787 – New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
---1912 – The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson
---2006 – United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.
Ok, now who was born today?
1602 – Simonds d'Ewes,
1662 – James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry,
1851 – Graciano López Jaena,
1867 – Foxhall P. Keene,
1908 – Celia Johnson,
And lets give a special shoutout to Joseph Stalin who'd be celebrating his 135th birthday today if he hadn't been in Hell since 1953
OK, now there's plenty of fodder for conversation, start conversating