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

Ulrich of Augsburg became the first Roman Catholic saint to be canonized, today (973). Also, Chinese, Arab, and perhaps Amerindian astronomers saw the supernova that birthed the Crab Nebula today (1054), the city of Trois-Rivières, Quebec was founded (1634), the Province of New York adopted the Orangetown Resolutions (1774), the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence (1776), the U.S. Military Academy opened (1802), the Louisiana Purchase was announced (1803), construction began on the Erie Canal (1817), Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died (1826), New York abolished slavery (1827), Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics for “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” set to the tune of “God Save the Queen” (1831), England’s Grand Junction Railway began operations (1837), Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was published (1855), Lewis Carroll told Alice Lidell a story (1862) that exactly three years later was published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), the Tuskegee Institute opened (1881), France gave the Statue of Liberty to the U.S., on the same day the first scheduled Canadian transcontinental train arrived in Port Moody, British Columbia (1886), Western Samoa changed the International Date Line and had two consecutive July 4th Mondays (1892), Dorothy Levitt became the first recorded woman to compete in a motor race (1903), race riots erupted when black heavyweight Jack Johnson knocked out white boxer Jim Jeffries (1910), Mehmed VI was girded as the last Ottoman Emperor (1918), the Knoebels Amusement Resort opened in Elysburg, Pennsylvania (1926), Lou Gehrig announced his retirement (1939), the Philippines gained full independence (1946), the Indian Independence Bill was raised in Britain’s House of Commons (1947), Radio Free Europe began broadcasting (1950), Czechoslovakia sentenced U.S. journalist William Oatis to 10 years in prison for espionage, on the same day William Shockley announced his invention of the junction transistor (1953), the 50-star U.S. Flag was flown for the first time (1960), President Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (1966), Israeli commandos rescued hostages from an Air France hijacking in Entebbe, Uganda (1976), NASA’s Pathfinder probe landed on Mars (1997), the cornerstone of New York City’s Freedom Tower was laid (2004), the Deep Impact collider hit the comet Tempel 1 (2005), and the crown of the Statue of Liberty was reopened to the public (2009). And researchers at CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson (2012).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology was not grumbling about fireworks while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Cancer: Trust your intuition this weekend. Those really are too close.

Leo: Temper upset with kindness this weekend. Smile when you shush them.

Virgo: Flexibility is key this weekend. Dodge those bottle rockets.

Libra: Err on the side of caution this weekend. Use your garden hose.

Scorpio: Accept other points of view this weekend. “Boom” is not a point of view.

Sagittarius: Breathe a sigh of relief this weekend. If it rains.

Capricorn: Make steady progress this weekend. Go back to sleep, again.

Aquarius: Comfort loved ones this weekend. Especially the four-legged kind.

Pisces: Make time for fun this weekend. Yelling “Enough already!” counts.

Aries: Don’t start a war of words this weekend. They won’t hear you anyway.

Taurus: Face reality this weekend. Then ask it to quiet down.

Gemini: Avoid confrontation this weekend. They’ll run out of fireworks eventually.

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Happy 4th of July! ::hugggggs::