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

Byzantine Empress Theodora’s death ended the Macedonian Dynasty today (1056). Also, Norway’s King Håkon V Magnusson moved the capital from Bergen to Oslo (1314), England’s King Henry V died of dysentery in France and Henry VI became king at age 9 months (1422), Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left Pittsburgh to explore the west (1803), Ferdinand von Zeppelin patented his navigable balloon (1895), Thomas Edison patented the Kinetoscope (1897), Detroit’s 8MK broadcast the first radio news program (1920), Radio Prague went on the air (1938), the USS Harmon, the first U.S. Navy ship named to honor a black American, was commissioned (1943), Robert Menzies founded Australia’s Liberal Party (1945), Malaysia gained independence (1957), as did Trinidad and Tobago (1960), the Polish government signed the Gdańsk Agreement allowing the Solidarity trade union (1980), Kyrgyzstan declared independence (1991), the Provisional Irish Republican Army announced a ceasefire (1994), Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul died in an car crash in Paris (1997), and North Korea reported launching the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1 satellite (1998). And Norwegian police recovered Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream (2006).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology avoided the Republican National Convention speeches while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Virgo: Friends may offer praise this weekend. It’s about time they noticed.

Libra: Trust your intuition this weekend. Or trust your offshore accounts.

Scorpio: Things should be happy at home this weekend. Provided they obey you.

Sagittarius: Attend a resentment-sharing party this weekend. Talk about respect.

Capricorn: This is a good weekend for change. Unless you get short-changed.

Aquarius: Live your spiritual principles this weekend. Grouch about taxes.

Pisces: Enjoy a contemplative weekend. Share it with like-minded Twitterati.

Aries: Explore deep thoughts this weekend. Wash your navel afterward.

Taurus: Express your very serious nature this weekend. They should believe you.

Gemini: Be sensitive to others’ needs this weekend. Unless they’re screwups.

Cancer: Expect a mystery guest this weekend. Go ahead: make his day.

Leo: Demand a leadership role this weekend. After all … it’s your turn.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::