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The Sicilian Vespers rebellion against Charles I of Naples began today (1282). Also, Joachim Murat issued the Rimini Declaration that inspired Italian unification (1814), the U.S. created the Florida Territory (1822), Dr. Crawford Long used ether as surgical anesthesia (1842), Missouri “Border Ruffians” invaded Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature (1855), the Treaty of Paris ended the Crimean War (1856), Secretary of State William Seward bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million (1867), New York City’s Queensboro Bridge opened (1909), the Treaty of Fez made Morocco a French protectorate (1912), Toronto’s Yonge Street subway line opened (1954), the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was signed (1961), and John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan (1981). And the United Kingdom’s Terrorism Act became law (2006).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology consulted colleagues Yin and Yang in researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Aries: Deal with legal matters this weekend. Like your plan to trademark “one of those days.”

Taurus: Try to blend intellect and intuition this weekend. Call it “intellition.”

Gemini: Base relationships on honesty, loyalty, and affection this weekend. Unlike last weekend.

Cancer: Strive for optimal health this weekend. Put off a home improvement project.

Leo: Explore your artistic side this weekend. Finger paint with spilled juice.

Virgo: Investments may look good this weekend. Good looks aren’t everything.

Libra: Base relationships on practical matters this weekend. Wipe the seat after flushing.

Sagittarius: Strangers may admire you this weekend. If only they knew.

Scorpio: Rework your budget this weekend. Remember to carry the square root of -1.

Capricorn: Visualize a long-term project this weekend. Take a nap afterward.

Aquarius: Entertain friends and family this weekend. Prepare several humorous excuses.

Pisces: The world is your oyster this weekend. Beware of seafood allergies.


Good morning! ::hugggggs::