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

Columba reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness today (564). Also, the British East India Company founded Madras, now Chennai (1639), Charles I called the Parliament traitors, sparking the English Civil War (1642), Jacob Barsimson, the first known Jewish immigrant to America, arrived in New Amsterdam, now New York City (1654), James Cook landed on Possession Island (1770), the Haitian Slave Revolution began in Saint-Domingue (1791), the Second Federal Republic of Mexico was established (1846), the U.S. annexed New Mexico (1848), the yacht America won the first America’s Cup (1851), 12 nations signed the First Geneva Convention (1864), the Cadillac Motor Company was founded, on the same day Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to ride in an automobile (1902), the BBC began experimental television broadcasts (1934), Australia’s Bill Woodfull became the only cricket captain to twice regain The Ashes (1934), a magnitude 8.1 earthquake rocked Canada’s Queen Charlotte Islands (1949), Althea Gibson became the first black player to compete in international tennis (1950), France closed the Devil’s Island penal colony (1953), French President Charles de Gaulle escaped without injury in the assassination attempt that inspired Fredrick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal (1962), the National Farm Workers Association and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee merged into the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, now the United Farm Workers (1966), Paul VI arrived in Bogotá, Colombia on the first papal visit to Latin America (1968), the “Camden 28” Catholic Vietnam War protesters were arrested while destroying documents at a draft office (1971), the Congress of Chile passed a resolution calling for the resignation of President Salvadore Allende (1973), 55 people died when a fire broke out on an aircraft at Manchester Airport in England (1985), Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson, becoming the first Major League Baseball player to record 5000 career strikeouts (1989), President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act welfare reform law (1996), Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended for refusing a court order to remove the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building (2003), a gunman stole Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Madonna from an Oslo museum (2004), and the Texas Rangers set a Major League Baseball single-game scoring record in routing the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, on the same day the Storm Botnet sent out 57 million emails (2007). And over 50 people died in ethnic clashes over grazing rights in Kenya’s Tana River District (2012).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology did no back-to-school shopping while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Leo: Let love lead the way this weekend. And colored pencils.

Virgo: Pay attention to your dreams this weekend. Dream of protractors.

Libra: Look before you leap this morning. Especially with backpacks.

Scorpio: Behave responsibly this weekend. Blue or black pens.

Sagittarius: Don’t turn life upside-down this weekend. Use folders.

Capricorn: Be flexible this weekend. Or three-ring binders.

Aquarius: Practice listening this weekend. But no earbuds.

Pisces: Balance stability and creativity this weekend. And no texting.

Aries: Channel your energy this weekend. At least not during class.

Taurus: Treat people with respect this weekend. Even the principal.

Gemini: Don’t hide the truth this weekend. Except from that teacher.

Cancer: Let your confidence shine this weekend. But no glitter or sequins.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::