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

Liu Bang was crowned Emperor Gaozu of Han, beginning China’s 400-year Han Dynasty, today (202 BCE). Also, the Fourth Council of Constantinople ended (870), Hernán Cortés executed Aztec King Cuauhtémoc (1525), John Wesley chartered the Methodist Church (1784), the Cry of Asencio began the Uruguayan War of Independence (1811), the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorporated (1827), the SS California arrived in San Francisco after a four-month journey from New York, beginning steamship service between the coasts (1849), Congress began a 117-year ban on official diplomatic relations with the Vatican (1867), Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz established the Bulgarian Exarchate, later recognized as the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (1870), the first vaudeville theater opened in Boston (1883), the American Telephone and Telegraph Company was incorporated (1885), French forces deposed Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar (1897), Indian physicist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman discovered the Raman Effect of radiation scatter (1928), televised basketball began with a broadcast of the Fordham vs. Pitt game from Madison Square Garden (1940), at least 10,000 and up to 30,000 Taiwanese civilians were killed by government forces in the 228 Incident (1947), James Watson and Francis Crick first told friends of their discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA (1953), the first NTSC standard television sets went on sale to the general public (1954), 26 schoolchildren died when their bus struck a tow truck and plunged into the Big Sandy River near Prestonburg, Kentucky (1958), the U.S. and China signed the Shanghai Communiqué (1972), 43 people died when a London subway train crashed into a wall at the Moorgate terminus (1975), Andalusian voters approved their autonomy within Spain (1980), 4 agents and 5 Branch Davidians died in the initial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms raid that began the 51-day standoff (1993), 1100 people died when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck near Ardabil, Iran, on the same day 18 police and bystanders were wounded and both bank robbers killed in the North Hollywood Shootout, and the same day radiation from GRB 970228 proved that gamma ray bursts occur outside the Milky Way (1997), 1 person died of a heart attack and 400 were injured as a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck near Olympia, Washington, on the same day 10 people died in when a Land Rover swerved onto a railroad track near Great Heck, England (2001), a total of 166 people were killed in the Naroda Pitaya and Gulbarg Society massacres during religious violence in Gujarat, India (2002), over 1 million Taiwanese formed the 310-mile human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident (2004), and 127 people died when a suicide bomber attacked a police station in Al Hillah, Iraq (2005). And Benedict XVI resigned, the first pope to do so in almost 600 years (2013).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology insists that he was not fed up with the winter chill while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Pisces: Stay engaged with the world this weekend. Wear slippers.

Aries: Follow your heart this weekend. Right into a warm blanket.

Taurus: Be realistic this weekend. Put on yet another sweater.

Gemini: Patience is your secret weapon this weekend. And hot soup.

Cancer: Reach for the stars this weekend. Or the thermostat.

Leo: Sow this weekend to reap next week. Or sew to wear next week.

Virgo: Be sensible and clear this weekend. Wear the thick socks.

Libra: Let your light shine this weekend. Into the wood pile.

Scorpio: Go with the flow this weekend. Unless it flows outside.

Sagittarius: The sky is the limit this weekend. And the cold ground.

Capricorn: Focus on what’s important this weekend. Long underwear.

Aquarius: Connect past to present this weekend. Google ‘coldest ever.’


Good morning! ::hugggggs::