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

England’s Charles I sent soldiers to arrest Parliament, setting the stage for the English Civil War, today (1642). Also, the Rump Parliament voted to put Charles I on trial (1649), Samuel Colt sold his first revolver to the U.S. government (1848), William McDonald discovered the McDonald Islands (1854), the New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters (1865), the Fabian Society was founded in London (1884), Utah became the 45th state (1896), Thomas Edison electrocuted an elephant named Topsy during the War of Currents (1903), Burma gained independence (1948), Sputnik 1 fell to Earth (1958), Luna 1 passed within 9500 miles of the Moon, too fast to enter lunar orbit (1959), President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his “Great Society” program during his State of the Union Address (1965), Rose Heilbron became the first female judge to sit at London’s Old Bailey (1972), President Richard Nixon refused to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee (1974), two U.S. Navy fighter jets shot down two Syrian fighter jets over the Gulf of Sidra (1989), the North American Ice Storm struck eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S. (1998), Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Governor of Minnesota (1999), the Spirit Rover landed on Mars on the same day Mikheil Saakashvili was elected President of Georgia(2004), and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a second stroke, causing leadership to pass to Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (2006). And the 110th Congress elected Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the U.S. House (2007).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology mounted a gavel on his buffer while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Capricorn: Let your hair down this weekend. But not that hair.

Aquarius: Don’t waste time judging this weekend. Just sentence.

Pisces: Your imagination will fly this weekend. On a one-way ticket.

Aries: Your zest for life may be contagious this weekend. Don’t sneeze.

Taurus: Don’t practice self-restraint this weekend. You might enjoy it.

Gemini: Offer a reality check this weekend. Then watch it bounce.

Cancer: Ignore your irrational fears this weekend. Focus on the real ones.

Leo: Don’t make rash assumptions this weekend. It could be a fungus.

Virgo: Your universe will be in harmony this weekend. In another key.

Libra: Your exuberance will bubble this weekend. Bring a mop.

Scorpio: Avoid self-doubt this weekend. Let others doubt you.

Sagittarius: Balance novelty with practicality this weekend. Buy new batteries.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::