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

John Guy and 39 colonists set sail from Bristol for Newfoundland today (1610). Also, Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687), Venezuela declared independence (1811), the Salvation Army was founded in London (1865), Police opened fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco’s “Bloody Thursday” (1934), President Franklin Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act (1935), the bikini bathing suit went on sale (1946), Larry Doby signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball’s American League (1947), Britain’s National Health Service Acts created her public health systems (1948), Israel’s Knesset passed the Law of Return which grants all Jews the right to immigrate (1950), the BBC broadcast their first TV news bulletin, on the same day India’s Andhra Pradesh High Court was established (1954), Algeria gained independence (1962), President Richard Nixon formally certified the Twenty-sixth Amendment (1971), 11 firefighters died when a propane storage tank fire exploded in Kingman, Arizona (1973), Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title, on the same day Cape Verde gained independence (1975), Armenia adopted her constitution (1995), Dolly the Sheep became the first cloned mammal (1996), Indonesia held her first presidential election (2004), and Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick to win the Wimbledon men’s championship and a record 15th Grand Slam titles, on the same day Terry Herbert found the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold items, the Staffordshire Hoard (2009). And the Shard, Europe’s tallest building, opened in London (2012).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology noshed on potato salad and plugged his ears against fireworks while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Cancer: You may feel especially motivated this weekend. It will pass.

Leo: Don’t mislead yourself this weekend. Let someone else do it.

Virgo: Break a big task into little steps this weekend. That’s enough.

Libra: Take time to be silly this weekend. Okay, sillier.

Scorpio: Indulge in nostalgia this weekend. Remember last weekend.

Sagittarius: Avoid needless irritation this weekend. We won’t look.

Capricorn: Be responsible this weekend. Let them blame you again.

Aquarius: Try to bridge gaps this weekend. Arch an eyebrow.

Pisces: Take time to dream this weekend. Someone will wake you.

Aries: Practice contemplation this weekend. And clean your navel.

Taurus: Embrace your imagination this weekend. Imagine it hugging you back.

Gemini: Let your true colors shine this weekend. Unless they’re beige.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::