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Liu Yan declared himself emperor and founded China’s Southern Han Dynasty today (917). Also, Russia’s Peter I imposed a tax on beards, exempting the clergy and peasants, in an attempt to westernize his aristocracy (1698), the First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia (1774), the French National Convention began the Reign of Terror (1793), Sam Houston was elected the first President of the Republic of Texas (1836), Giuseppe Verdi’s Un giorno di regno premiered (1840), the first U.S. Labor Day Parade was held in New York City (1882), 186 people died in a fire at the Theatre Royal in Exeter, England (1887), the Treaty of Portsmouth, mediated by President Theodore Roosevelt, ended the Russo-Japanese War (1905), Bradley Robinson threw the first forward pass in American football history to St. Louis University teammate Jack Schneider in a 22–0 victory over Carroll College of Wisconsin (1906), the death of actress Virginia Rappe at a party hosted by Roscoe Arbuckle party in San Francisco sparked one of Hollywood’s first scandals (1921), Walt Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit debuted in Trolley Troubles (1927), the French Upper Volta was divided into the Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger (1932), Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg formed the Benelux Economic Union (1944), poet Léopold Sédar Senghor was elected as the first President of Senegal, on the same day Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, won the Olympic light heavyweight boxing gold medal in Rome (1960), the Non Aligned Countries held their first conference in Belgrade (1961), Lt. William Calley was charged with six counts of premeditated murder relating to the My Lai Massacre (1969), 8 members of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September seized 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (1972), former Manson Family member Lynette Fromme attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford (1975), the West German Red Army Faction kidnapped industrialist and former S.S. officer Hanns-Martin Schleyer, on the same day Voyager 1 was launched (1977), Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat began a series of meetings hosted by U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Camp David (1978), the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention took effect (1991), and 27 people died as Category 3 Hurricane Fran made landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina (1996). And 40 people died when a fireworks factory exploded in Sivakasi, India, on the same day 25 soldiers died when an ammunition storage facility exploded in Afyon, Turkey (2012).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology was not concerned with the start of the NFL season as he researched this week’s Bippiescopes….

Virgo: Your optimism may inspire others this weekend. Or not.

Libra: Let go to grow this weekend. Unless you’re tackling.

Scorpio: Focus on teamwork this weekend. Pick a team.

Sagittarius: Let your star shine this weekend. But no solar flares.

Capricorn: Move past old hurts this weekend. Find some new ones.

Aquarius: Receive gratefully this weekend. Then run quickly.

Pisces: Improve your game this weekend. Switch to soccer.

Aries: Contemplate your plans this weekend. In 40 seconds or less.

Taurus: Be responsible this weekend. They’ll blame you anyway.

Gemini: Practice sharing this weekend. Pat a teammate’s butt.

Cancer: Know when to make your move this weekend. But not that way.

Leo: Shift your perspective this weekend. Watch the JumboTron.


Good morning! ::hugggggs::