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Empress Matilda’s reign as ‘Lady of the English’ ended when Stephen of Blois regained the title of King of England today (1141). Also, Michelangelo’s ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was opened to the public (1512), Ferdinand Magellan reached the tip of South America and the strait that bears his name (1520), Huguenots founded the France Antarctique colony in what is now Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1555), at least 20,000 people died as the All Saints Flood devastated the Netherlands (1570), William Shakespeare’s Othello premiered (1604), as did The Tempest (1611), the British colony of New York was divided into 12 counties (1683), at least 10,000 and as many as 100,000 people died as an earthquake estimated between 8.5 and 9.0 magnitude struck Lisbon, Portugal (1755), the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act (1765), Edmund Burke published his Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), John Adams became the first president to live in what is now the White House (1800), the Congress of Vienna opened to redraw the map of Europe after the Napoleonic Wars (1814), The Boston Female Medical School, since merged with the Boston University School of Medicine, opened as the first such school for women in the U.S. (1848), the current Cape Lookout Lighthouse in North Carolina was lighted for the first time (1859), the Weather Bureau, now the National Weather Service, made its first official forecast (1870), New Zealand’s provincial government system was dissolved (1876), the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded (1884), as was Sri Lanka’s Ananda College (1886), National Geographic published its first photo of bare female breasts (1869), the first Library of Congress building opened to the public (1897), Parris Island was designated a U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot (1915), at least 93 people died when a New York City subway train derailed beneath Flatbush Avenue at what is now Empire Boulevard (1918), Mehmed VI, the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, abdicated (1922), Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in horse racing’s “Match of the Century” (1938), Ansel Adams took his iconic photograph of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico (1941), Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo tried to assassinate President Harry Truman at Blair House, on the same day Pius XII claimed papal infallibility in defining the dogma of the Assumption of Mary (1950), India’s States Reorganization Act took effect, on the same day 39 miners died in an explosion at Nova Scotia’s Springhill Mine (1956), Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge opened (1957), the Montrรฉal Canadiens’ Jacques Plante became the first NHL goalie to wear a face mask (1959), Democratic presidential candidate John Kennedy announced his idea for the Peace Corps (1960), 50,000 women in 60 cities joined in the first Women Strike for Peace (1961), Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory opened (1963), the Motion Picture Association of America introduced the G-M-R-X rating system (1968), 146 people died when a fire swept through the Club Cinq-Sept in Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, France (1970), Leon Jaworski was appointed as the new Watergate Special Prosecutor (1973), Antigua and Barbuda gained independence (1981), and Honda opened the first foreign car factory in the U.S., in Marysville, Ohio (1982). And the Maastricht Treaty took effect, formally creating the European Union (1993).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology makes no claims of infallibility, papal or otherwise, in presenting this week’s Bippiescopes….

Scorpio: Opportunity is around the corner this weekend. Not that corner.

Sagittarius: Enjoy quiet reflection this weekend. Don’t talk to the mirror.

Capricorn: Savor the now this weekend. Then worry about the then.

Aquarius: Defend your worthwhile ideas this weekend. Both of them.

Pisces: Push through your anxieties this weekend. Get into real fears.

Aries: Take risks to create change this weekend. Pay with a $20.

Taurus: Follow your heart this weekend. Unless it’s going there.

Gemini: Leave yourself wiggle room this weekend. Then wiggle in it.

Cancer: Take responsibility for your feelings this weekend. And theirs.

Leo: Be loyal to friends this weekend. Unless they’re wrong again.

Virgo: Practice meditation this weekend. Try not to snore.

Libra: Your kindness is contagious this weekend. So is that cold.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::