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The Arch of Constantine was completed in Rome today (315). Also, Charles the Bald issued the Edict of Pistres ordering defensive measures against Viking raiders (864), Sebastián de Belalcázar founded the city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia (1536), Francisco de Orellana founded the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador (1538), English Queen Mary I married Spanish King Phillip II at Winchester Cathedral (1554), Don Diego de Losada founded the city of Caracas, Venezuela (1567), Scottish King James VI was crowned English King James I, uniting the two nations under a single ruler (1603), the Sea Venture went ashore on Bermuda during a storm, inspiring Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1609), Ignacio de Maya founded the city of Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, Mexico (1693), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788), the first stone of Wales’ Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was laid (1795), Costa Rica annexed Guanacaste from Nicaragua (1824), William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone demonstrated the first commercial electric telegraph, signaling between Euston and Camden Town in London (1837), Joaquin Murrieta, the “Robin Hood of El Dorado,” was killed in California (1853), Congress authorized the Army rank of five-star general for Ulysses Grant (1866), Wyoming became a U.S. territory (1868), Greece’s Corinth Canal opened for shipping (1893), the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War (1898), Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda patented the manufacturing process for monosodium glutimate (1908), Louis Blériot made the first airplane flight across the English Channel, from Calais to Dover (1909), Prime Minister Robert Borden introduced Canada’s first income tax (1917), the Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union, TASS, was founded (1925), Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis teamed up for the first time at Atlantic City’s Club 500 (1946), Puerto Rico adopted her constitution (1952), 51 people died when the Andrea Doria collided with the MV Stockholm in heavy fog south of Nantucket Island (1956), Tunisia became a republic (1957), the SR.N1 hovercraft crossed the English Channel from Calais to Dover (1959), Bob Dylan performed with an electric guitar for the first time at the Newport Folk Festival (1965), the Soviet Mars 5 space probe was launched (1973), Viking 1 took the famous “Face on Mars” photograph (1976), Puerto Rican police ambushed and murdered independence activists Carlos Soto Arriví and Arnaldo Darío Rosado at Cerro Maravilla, on the same day Louise Brown was born as the world’s first “test tube baby” (1978), Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to perform a space walk (1984), Israel and Jordan signed the Washington Declaration, formally ending the war that had been declared 46 years earlier (1994), and Pratibha Patil was sworn in as India’s first female president (2007). And WikiLeaks published 91,731 classified documents relating to the war in Afghanistan (2010).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology founded no cities while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Leo: Protect your privacy this weekend. Don’t name a city after yourself.

Virgo: Set realistic goals this weekend. The Sims won’t be happy anyway.

Libra: Find your center this weekend. And put shopping there.

Scorpio: Take a getaway this weekend. The Sims won’t miss you.

Sagittarius: Enjoy the magic this weekend. Let space aliens attack.

Capricorn: Explore unfamiliar ground this weekend. Put a wind farm on it.

Aquarius: Express your desires this weekend. Then watch the Sims disagree.

Pisces: Make your intentions clear this weekend. But don’t expect Sims to follow.

Aries: Focus on the present this weekend. Like where to put the land fill.

Taurus: Treat others with respect this weekend. Build a museum for them.

Gemini: Make wise fiscal choices this weekend. That stadium isn’t.

Cancer: Recharge your batteries this weekend. Let the Sims sleep.


Good morning! ::hugggggs::