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

Sebastián de Belalcázar and other Spanish settlers founded the city of Quito, Ecuador today (1534). Also, the Encyclopædia Britannica published its first edition (1768), the U.S. Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia (1790), the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, banning slavery in the U.S. (1865), the Washington Post premiered (1877), the Washington Monument was completed (1884), London became the first city to license taxis (1897), in his State of the Union Address, President Theodore Roosevelt announced his interventionist Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1904), 362 miners died in an explosion in Monongah, West Virginia (1907), Finland declared independence (1917), 1900 people died when a munitions ship struck another freighter in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia and triggered the largest man-made explosion before the nuclear era (1917), the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed (1921) and the Irish Free State established (1922), a federal judge ruled that James Joyce’s Ulysses was not obscene (1933), the Everglades National Park was dedicated (1947), Adrian Kantrowitz performed the first human heart transplant in the U.S. (1967), 10 days after the Senate vote, the House confirmed Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President of the United States (1973), Spanish voters approved their nation’s current constitution (1978), the Australian Parliament enacted the Australian Capital District Self-Government Act (1988), 14 women were murdered by a gunman at Montréal’s École Polytechnique (1989), rioters destroyed the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, India (1992), Chinese police killed at least 3 and as many as 20 protesters during a rally in Dongzhou, on the same day 128 people died when an Iranian Air Force C-130 crashed into an apartment building in Tehran (2005), and NASA revealed photos taken by the Mars Global Surveyor that suggested there may be liquid water on Mars (2006). And Greek police shot and killed a 15-year-old boy, sparking protests that would continue through the rest of the month (2008).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology was putting up holiday decorations while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Sagittarius: Plan carefully this weekend. And buy more extension cords.

Capricorn: Trust your intuition this weekend. Except with tinsel.

Aquarius: Accept feedback from friends this weekend. Move the garland.

Pisces: Take a reality check this weekend. That tree won’t fit.

Taurus: Use common sense this weekend. Add more icicle lights.

Gemini: Adjust your attitude this weekend. And that tree-topper.

Cancer: Avoid unnecessary stress this weekend. Let someone else untangle it.

Leo: Express your creativity this weekend. Hang the wreath on the other door.

Virgo: Expect to stay busy this weekend. Make those reindeer stand up.

Libra: Don’t let bad memories haunt you this weekend. Buy a new staple gun.

Scorpio: Take the high road this weekend. It’s your turn to climb the ladder.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::