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

The Nomenclator of Leiden University Library, the first catalog of an institutional library, appeared today (1595). Also, the first 100 English colonists landed at Jamestown, Virginia (1607), the Protestant Union was formally dissolved (1621), Peter Minuit bought Manhattan (1626), the English Parliament passed the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants and excluding Roman Catholics (1689), John Wesley’s conversion launched the Methodist movement, an event commemorated as Aldersgate Day (1738), United Irishmen led the Irish Rebellion (1798), Sarah Josepha Hale’s “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was published on the same day the first revenue trains began to run on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (1830), Samuel Morse sent the message “What hath God wrought” to inaugurate the first telegraph line (1844), the Brooklyn Bridge opened (1883), Henry Irving became England’s first actor to be knighted (1895), 78 miners died in the Caerphilly Pit Disaster in South Wales (1901), Amy Johnson landed in Darwin, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia (1930), the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in Major League Baseball’s first night game (1935), Igor Sikorsky made the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight (1940), the Sixth Buddhist Council concluded on Vesak Day, on the same day the first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland (1956), the United Press and the International News Service merged to form United Press International (1958), Chile’s Cordón Caulle erupted 38 hours after the magnitude 9.5 Valdivia earthquake (1960), Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi (1961), Attorney General Robert Kennedy and novelist James Baldwin met to discuss race relations in the U.S. (1963), Front de libération du Québec separatists bombed the U.S. consulate in Québec City (1968), the drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole began (1970), London to Washington, D.C. Concorde service began on the same day The Judgment of Paris marked the ascendancy of California wines (1976), Eritrea gains independence from Ethiopia on the same day Operation Solomon began evacuating Ethopian Jews to Israel (1991), Suchinda Kraprayoon, Thailand’s last dictator, resigned amidst pro-democracy protests (1992), the four men convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing were each sentenced to 240 years in prison (1994), Israel’s 22-year occupation of southern Lebanon ended (2000), and 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri became the youngest person to summit Mount Everest (2001). And the U.S. and Russia signed the Moscow Treaty (2002).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology claims to have found this week’s Bippiescopes at the bottom of the Kola Superdeep Borehole….

Gemini: It’s your turn at the top of the list. Aren’t you special.

Cancer: Take it one step at a time this weekend. While texting and eating.

Leo: Your thoughts may be scattered this weekend. Bring a broom.

Virgo: Balance quantity with quality this weekend. Let us know how.

Libra: Avoid pointless debates this weekend. Just retweet them.

Scorpio: Be careful with expenses this weekend. Try the buffet.

Sagittarius: Tag along with friends this weekend. Let them guess why.

Capricorn: Break chores into small tasks this weekend. Start with waking.

Aquarius: Curb extraneous activities this weekend. Yes, that counts.

Pisces: Don’t chase impossible goals this weekend. Start those Monday.

Aries: Heed cautionary advice this weekend. If you hear any.

Taurus: Don’t wait for a magical moment this weekend. Move the bathtub outside.


Good morning! ::hugggggs::