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

Richard II met leaders of the English Peasants’ Revolt on Blackheath today (1381). Also, the Continental Congress established the Continental Army, now the U.S. Army (1775), Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the U.S. Flag (1777), Elijah Craig distilled the first whiskey from maize in Bourbon County, Kentucky (1789), Charles Babbage proposed a difference engine, a mechanical calculator to tabulate polynomial functions, in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society (1822), the first Henley Royal Regatta was held (1839), Canada legalized trade unions (1877), Hawaii became a U.S. territory (1900), Norway guaranteed women the right to vote (1907), John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown left St. John’s, Newfoundland on the first nonstop transatlantic flight (1919), Pennsylvania became the only state to recognize Flag Day as a state holiday, on the same day Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act (1937), an alleged UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico (1947), aboard a V2 rocket, Albert II became the first monkey to fly into space (1949), the Census Bureau dedicated UNIVAC I (1951), President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance (1954), the Disneyland Monorail System opened (1959), the European Space Research Organisation, now the European Space Agency, was established in Paris (1962), the Vatican announced the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, the “Index of Prohibited Books” that had been maintained for four centuries (1966), China tested her first hydrogen bomb (1967), the Argentine surrender at Stanley ended the Falklands War (1982), and an estimated 50,000 Vancouver residents rioted after the Canucks lost to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals (1994). And near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN missed us by only 75,000 miles, roughly one-third the distance to the Moon (2002).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology insists he did not visit the Roswell UFO Museum while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Gemini: Concentration may be difficult this weekend. It’s Their mind rays.

Cancer: Don’t assume your thoughts are known this weekend. Except by Them.

Leo: Don’t settle for less this weekend. Unless They want more.

Virgo: Honesty is the best policy this weekend. They insist.

Libra: Take a calculated risk this weekend. Communicate with Them.

Scorpio: Weigh options carefully this weekend. Use Their scale.

Sagittarius: Stick with the tried-and-true this weekend. Use Their recipe.

Capricorn: Tie up loose ends this weekend. Send the ends to Them.

Aquarius: Question authority this weekend. But not Their authority.

Pisces: Control your thoughts this weekend. Or let Them do it.

Aries: Exercise patience this weekend. But don’t make Them wait.

Taurus: Avoid negativity this weekend. Think Their positive thoughts.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::