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

The week-long Nika Riots, sparked by chariot race hooligans in Constantinople, ended today (532). Also, Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, Peru (1535), Frederick I crowned himself King of Prussia (1701), the First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay, Australia with 736 convicts and their children (1788), Melbourne, Australia’s Wesley College was founded (1866), Wilhelm I was proclaimed the first Emperor of a united Germany (1871), the Hockey Association of England created the sport of field hockey (1886), Henry Louis Smith displayed the first x-ray machine (1896), President Theodore Roosevelt sent the first trans-Atlantic radio message originating in the U.S., to England’s King Edward VII (1903), Eugene Ely landed a plane on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania (1911), Japan issued her “Twenty-One Demands” to China (1915), the Paris Peace Conference opened in Versailles on the same day Ignacy Jan Paderewski became Prime Minister of newly-independent Poland and Bentley Motors was founded (1919), Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden performed in the first jazz concert at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City (1944), Willie O’Ree took the ice for the Boston Bruins as the first black National Hockey League player (1958), the Israeli and Egyptian governments signed a disengagement of forces agreement ending the southern front of the Yom Kippur War (1974), scientists identified Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria responsible for the previous summer’s deadly outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia (1977), the European Court of Human Rights found the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland (1978), the International Olympic Committee restored Jim Thorpe’s medals to his family (1983), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was observed for the first time in all 50 states (1993), a mysterious explosion in Cando, Spain cleared 200 cubic meters of earth and blew down trees up to 100m away (1994), the Tagish Lake meteorite struck British Columbia (2000), the Sierra Leone Civil War officially ended (2002), and Hurricane Kyrill killed 47 people in England and Western Europe (2007). And over 115,000 websites joined in an internet blackout to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Internet Protocol Act (PIPA) (2012).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology chose to emulate Frederick I, whom his grandson Frederick the Great described as “great in small things and small in great things,” while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Capricorn: Focus on immediate problems this weekend. They’ll find you.

Aquarius: Your age starts tomorrow. Consider singing lessons.

Pisces: Life will be clearer this weekend. The new glasses look cool.

Aries: Avoid major risks this weekend. Meet Private Promises instead.

Taurus: Don’t take sides this weekend. Smug neutrality won’t help either.

Gemini: Be a trendsetter this weekend. That’s Astrologese for “weird.”

Cancer: Be nurturing but not overprotective this weekend. Don’t ask.

Leo: Expect unfulfilled expectations this weekend. Except that one.

Virgo: Apply an ounce of prevention this weekend. Convert it to metric.

Libra: Don’t be afraid to speak your mind this weekend. Silence is golden.

Scorpio: Watch out for deception this weekend. Trust us on this.

Sagittarius: Explore your emotions this weekend. They’re on YouTube.


Good morning! ::hugggggs::