Monday, August 15, 2011


1790:John Carroll is consecrated as bishop at a ceremony at Lulworth Castle, England. Upon returning to Baltimore in December, Carroll will become the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States. He also will be recognized as the founder of Georgetown University.

1877: Thomas Edison suggests the use of "hello" as a universal telephone salutation, rather than inventor Alexander Graham Bell's proposal of the nautical greeting "ahoy."

1994: Venezeulan-born criminal Illich Ramírez Sánchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal, is captured by French intelligence agents in Khartoum, Sudan. For more than two decades, Sánchez was an international fugitive with terrorist links to groups including the Japanese Red Army and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
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