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

Legend holds that a runner arrived in Athens with news of the Greek victory at Marathon today (490 BCE). Also, Henry Hudson began exploring the river in New York that now bears his name (1609), Elizabeth Barrett eloped with Robert Browning (1846), Switzerland became a Federal state (1848), 426 passengers and crew died as the SS Central America sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with an estimated 15 tons in gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush (1857), the District of Maple Ridge, British Columbia was founded (1874), Arbroath defeated Bon Accord 36-0, a world record scoreline for professional soccer (1885), Salisbury, Rhodesia, now Harare, Zimbabwe, was founded (1890), the Newport Transporter Bridge opened in Newport, South Wales (1906), Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 premiered in Munich with a 171-member orchestra and a chorus of 852 singers (1910), Wilfred Rhodes ended his 1110-game first-class cricket career (1930), 18-year-old Marcel Ravidat and three friends found the famous cave paintings of Lascaux, France, on the same day 51 people died in an explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, New Jersey (1940), residents of Flatwoods, West Virginia reported strange occurrences including a monster sighting (1952), Rep. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1953), Jack Kilby demonstrated the first integrated circuit (1958), Bonanza premiered as the first network television program in color, on the same day the Soviet Union launched Lunik II toward the Moon (1959), the African and Malagasy Union was founded (1961), Utah’s Canyonlands National Park was designated (1964), anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was killed in the custody of South African police (1977), a magnitude 8.1 earthquake rocked Indonesia (1979), a coup d’état began three years of military rule in Turkey (1980), terrorists of the Boricua Popular Army stole $7 million at a Wells Fargo depot in West Hartford, Connecticut (1983), Dwight Gooden’s 246th strikeout broke Herb Score’s three decade-old rookie record en route to a total of 276 for the season (1984), 45 people died as Category 3 Hurricane Gilbert swept Jamaica (1988), the signing of the Treaty on the Final Settlement With Respect to Germany paved the way for German reunification (1990), Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, along with Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly in a U.S. spaceship, and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space, launched aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor (1992), Frank Eugene Corder crashed a single-engine Cessna onto the south lawn of the White House, striking the West Wing and killing himself (1994), Indonesia agreed to allow international peacekeepers into East Timor (1999), the UN lifted sanctions as Libya accepted responsibility for the Pan Am 103 bombing and agreed to compensate the victims (2003), Hong Kong Disneyland opened (2005), former Philippine President Joseph Estrada was convicted of plunder (2007), and 25 people died when a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train collided in the Chatsworth district of Los Angeles (2008). And the 9/11 Memorial opened to the public (2011).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology was not watching freezing temperatures sweep down on the Midwest while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Virgo: Rely on planning this weekend. Start with long underwear.

Libra: Listen to your intuition this weekend. If it says “hat.”

Scorpio: Calm your fears this weekend. Fuzzy slippers help.

Sagittarius: Focus on teamwork this weekend. Share the hot drinks.

Capricorn: Pick a task and chip away this weekend. Use an ice scraper.

Aquarius: Lead by example this weekend. Find your parka.

Pisces: Focus on the here and now this weekend. Or shiver and sniffle.

Aries: Don’t scatter your energy this weekend. Try hot chocolate.

Taurus: Treat carefully this weekend. Wear the grippy boots.

Gemini: Enjoy a refreshing escape this weekend. Bring mittens.

Cancer: Cherish loved ones this weekend. Share a sleeping bag.

Leo: Be practical this weekend. Skip the skinny-dipping contest.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::