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Carloman of Austrasia retired to a monastery near Rome, leaving his brother Pepin the Short as the sole de facto leader of the Frankish Kingdom, today (747). Also, Macbeth’s forces killed his cousin Duncan I in battle and he ascended to the Scottish throne (1040), and Macbeth died in battle exactly seventeen years later (1057), Queen Tamar of Georgia consecrated the cave city of Vardzia (1185), the foundation stone was laid for the Cologne Cathedral (1248), Kublai Khan’s Mongolian fleet invading Japan was destroyed by a storm that came to be known as the kamikaze or “divine wind” (1281), Sixtus IV consecrated the Sistine Chapel (1483), Panama City, Panama, was founded (1519), as were Asunción, Paraguay (1537) and Arequipa, Peru (1540), the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu was dedicated, on the same day Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens opened (1843), Raphael Morgan was ordained as the first African-American Eastern Orthodox “Priest-Apostolic” to America and the West Indies (1907), the SS Ancon became the first ship to pass through the Panama Canal (1914), Will Rogers and Wiley Post were killed in a plane crash near Barrow, Alaska (1935), The Wizard of Oz premiered (1939), India gained independence on the same day Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as first Governor-General of Pakistan (1947), the Republic of Korea was established south of the 38th Parallel (1948), 34 people died as a flash flood swept through Lynmouth, England (1952), Conrad Schumann fled East Germany while guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall (1961), U.S. Army private James Joseph Dresnok defected to North Korea (1962), the Beatles played to 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium, inaugurating “stadium rock” (1965), the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened (1969), placekick holder Patricia Palinkas of the Atlantic Coast Football League’s Orlando Panthers became the first woman to play professional football (1970), President Richard Nixon ended the U.S. currency gold standard, on the same day Bahrain gained independence (1971), South Korea’s First Lady, Yuk Young-soo, was killed in an assassination attempt on her husband, President Park Chung-hee (1974), a military coup killed Bangladesh’s founder, Mujibur Rahman, and most of his family (1975), the Big Ear telescope at Ohio State University, part of the SETI project, received the “Wow! signal” from deep space (1977), Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend The Military College of South Carolina, better known as The Citadel (1995), Israel began evicting settlers from the Gaza Strip and four settlements on the West Bank (2005), and 514 people died when a magnitude 8.0 earthquake devastated Ica, Peru (2007). And 27 people were killed when a bomb exploded in a Hezbollah camp near Beirut, on the same day the Smithsonian announced the discovery of the olinguito, the first new carnivorous mammal species found in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years (2013).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology was not feeding an olinguito while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Leo: Take care of commitments this weekend. Bring figs and insects.

Virgo: Do your research this weekend. Enough for a two-pound teddy bear.

Libra: Trust your intuition this weekend. With wide, soft eyes.

Scorpio: Don’t expect immediate results this weekend. Be arboreal.

Sagittarius: Rework your budget this weekend. With two mammae.

Capricorn: Don’t be stubborn this weekend. One kid at a time.

Aquarius: Negotiate based on trust this weekend. Nectar is also yummy.

Pisces: Lighten your load this weekend. Leave blueberry-sized poops.

Aries: Find magic in the mundane this weekend. Smile at a procyonid.

Taurus: Count your blessings this weekend. And your omnivorous frugivores.

Gemini: Act on long-term goals this weekend. Find a cloud-forest.

Cancer: Know your limits this weekend. From Colombia to Ecuador.


Good morning! ::hugggggs::