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BolesΕ‚aw I Chrobry was crowned the first King of Poland today (1025). Also, the cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica was laid (1506), Martin Luther refused to recant during his trial at the Diet of Worms (1521), the Boston Revolt overthrew the Anglican rule of Edmund Andros (1689), Spain’s Real Academia de la Historia was established (1738), 60 British soldiers and an estimated 30 family members and crewmen died when a troop ferry capsized near the North Sea port of Harwich (1807), the University of Alabama was founded (1831), Allan Kardec published Le Livre des Esprits, the beginning of spiritualism in France (1857), 99 people died as an F4 tornado struck Marshfield, Missouri (1880), Victoria granted a royal charter to the St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association (1899), at least 800 people died as a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Guatemala’s Chiapas region (1902), an estimated 3425 people died as a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck San Francisco (1906), Jeanne d’Arc was beatified (1909), the RMS Carpathia arrived in New York City with 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic (1912), Yankee Stadium opened (1923), Simon and Schuster published the first crossword puzzle book, complete with an attached pencil (1924), Detroit sports fans celebrated their first Champions Day (1936), the Doolittle Raid struck Tokyo and other Japanese cities (1942), decoded radio signals allowed U.S. fighter pilots to assassinate Isoroku Yamamoto over Bougainville Island (1943), the International Court of Justice convened for the first time at The Hague (1946), the first Asian-African Conference opened in Bandung, Indonesia (1955), poet Ezra Pound was released after 12Β½ years in custody at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington D.C. (1958), representatives of 60 nations signed the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), Canaan Banana was inaugurated as the first President of the new Republic of Zimbabwe (1980), the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings began what would be the longest baseball game in professional history, with 32 innings played in into the wee hours of the morning and the final inning played on June 23rd (1981), 63 people were killed as a suicide bomber struck the U.S. Embassy in Beirut (1983), and 106 people were killed when Israeli troops shelled a United Nations refugee camp near Qana, Lebanon (1996). And the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in Gonzales v. Carhart, on the same day 198 people were killed in a series of bombings in Baghdad, Iraq (2007).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology was not watching the Stanley Cup playoffs while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Aries: Don’t get spread too thin this weekend. Especially after a penalty.

Taurus: Pace yourself this weekend. Consider 45-second shifts.

Gemini: Reveal vulnerability this weekend. But watch for hip checks.

Cancer: Don’t be rushed this weekend. Don’t be offside either.

Leo: Give your best performance this weekend. In the penalty box.

Virgo: Enjoy the journey this weekend. They’ll be playing til June.

Libra: Magical thinking may help this weekend. Grow that playoff beard.

Scorpio: Chase your dreams this weekend. Also chase the puck.

Sagittarius: Let your actions speak this weekend. Without roughing.

Capricorn: Build a solid foundation this weekend. Then Zamboni it.

Aquarius: Appreciate others this weekend. Jump into walls together.

Pisces: Keep healthy boundaries this weekend. Start with the blue lines.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::