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

Pope Alexander VI divided the New World between Spain and Portugal today (1493). Also, Peter Minuit arrived in New Netherland, now Manhattan Island (1626), Charles II ordered the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory (1675), the Cornwall Railway opened (1859), the Haymarket Square Riot erupted (1886), the U.S. began construction of the Panama Canal (1904), Al Capone began his prison sentence for income tax evasion (1932), Marines intervened to stop a riot at Alcatraz Prison (1946), the first Grammy Awards were presented (1959), the Freedom Riders began their journey (1961), National Guard troops killed four student protesters at Kent State University (1970), Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979), former White House aide Oliver North was convicted on charges related to the Iran-Contra Scandal (1989), and “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski was sentenced to life in prison (1998). And the Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum opened (2001).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology polished his telescope while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Taurus: Try to avoid distraction this weekend. Do that other thing first.

Gemini: Maintain your calm center this weekend. In spite of those idiots.

Cancer: This is your weekend to shine. Don’t forget the hubcaps and windows.

Leo: This is your weekend to be bold and decisive. Unless you’re not sure.

Virgo: Take your creativity to new heights this weekend. Paint the ceiling.

Libra: Your feelings may deceive you this weekend. Or you may outsmart them.

Scorpio: Reach out for your dreams this weekend. Yes, that sofa looks comfy.

Sagittarius: Be wary of emotional manipulation this weekend. Or else we’ll all feel bad.

Capricorn: Your present and future may conflict this weekend. Or maybe that’s next week.

Aquarius: Be skeptical of glib advice this weekend. Except this, of course.

Pisces: Don’t be ashamed of your idealism this weekend. If only everyone listened.

Aries: This is your weekend to lead. Maybe others will follow this time.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::