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A great fire consumed Rome but, contrary to legend, Nero did not fiddle today (64). Also, the Mary Rose sank off Portsmouth (1545), Mary I deposed Jane Grey, who had reigned for only nine days (1553), representatives of the Iroquois Confederacy signed the Nanfan Treaty ceding a large territory north of the Ohio River to England (1707), Charles Hastings founded the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association, now the British Medical Association (1832), the SS Great Britain was launched as the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull and a screw propeller (1843), the two-day Women’s Rights Convention opened in Seneca Falls, New York (1848), the first line of the Paris MΓ©tro opened (1900), Maurice Garin won the first Tour de France (1903), unemployed ex-servicemen burned the town hall after a Peace Day celebration in Luton, England (1919), the Summer Olympics opened in Helsinki, Finland (1952), Joe Walker flew an X-15 past the 100km altitude mark to become the first human to fly into space (1963), Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park was created (1976), Sandinista rebels overthrew the Somoza government in Nicaragua (1979), French President FranΓ§ois Mitterrand revealed the Farewell Dossier, proving the Soviet Union had stolen U.S. research, in a private meeting with President Ronald Reagan (1981), Michael Vannier published the first 3-D CT scan of a human head (1983), 268 people died when two tailings dams collapsed and flooded the Val di Stava in Italy (1985), and Italian judge Paolo Borsellino and five members of his escort were killed by a mafia car bomb in Palermo, Sicily (1992). And the Provisional Irish Republican Army agreed to a ceasefire ending 25 years of unrest in Northern Ireland (1997).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology did not have to ride a bicycle up L’Alpe d’Huez to research this week’s Bippiescopes….

Cancer: Trust your intuition this weekend. Remember to hydrate.

Leo: Expect amazing opportunities this weekend. Feel the burn.

Virgo: Put your shoulder to the wheel this weekend. But not on a bike.

Libra: Don’t get lost in daydreams this weekend. Or on switchbacks.

Scorpio: Follow your dreams this weekend. And the peloton.

Sagittarius: Enjoy the journey this weekend. At the finish line.

Capricorn: Don’t force locked doors this weekend. Open other end.

Aquarius: Pursue personal growth this weekend. Try energy bars.

Pisces: Cultivate patience this weekend. Skip the breakaway.

Aries: Believe in yourself this weekend. Also believe in gravity.

Taurus: Put lofty plans in motion this weekend. Keep pedaling.

Gemini: Don’t waste your energy this weekend. Ride the team bus.


Good morning! ::hugggggs::