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

Reccared I summoned the Third Council of Toledo today (589). Also, Hernando de Soto reached what he called the Río de Espíritu Santo, now the Mississippi River (1541), at least 52 people died when a passenger train derailed and burned near Paris (1842), Richmond, Virginia was named the capital of the Confederate States of America (1861), the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opened (1877), John Pemberton sold the first Coca-Cola as a patent medicine (1886), the Italian soccer league system began play (1898), the Australian Labour Party was founded (1901), at least 30,000 people died as Martinique’s Mount Pelée erupted and engulfed the town of Saint-Pierre in pyroclastic flows (1902), Paramount Pictures was founded (1912), Edward Honey proposed a moment of silence to commemorate the armistice that ended World War I, now Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth and Veterans Day in the U.S. (1919), the signing of the Klaipėda Convention formally incorporated the Memel Territory into Lithuania (1924), Mohandas Gandhi began a 21-day fast to protest British rule in India (1933), World War II ended in Europe with the surrender of Nazi Germany, sparking riots in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Sétif, Algeria (1945), Estonian schoolgirls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blew up the Soviet War Memorial in front of the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn (1946), the Philippine province of Davao was split into Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental (1967), construction workers attacked Vietnam War protesters on Wall Street in the Hard Hat Riot (1970), American Indian Movement members at Wounded Knee, South Dakota surrendered after a 71-day standoff (1973), Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler made the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen (1978), the World Health Organization certified the eradication of smallpox (1980), the Soviet Union announced its athletes would boycott the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, on the same day London’s Thames Barrier opened, and the same day 3 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in the Quebec National Assembly (1984), and a fire at Illinois Bell’s Hinsdale Central Office triggered a massive telephone outage on Mothers Day (1988). And 35 people died when China Southern Airlines Flight 3456 crashed while trying to land in a thunderstorm at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (1997).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology was not pondering the British election results while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Taurus: Expect steady progress this weekend. Unless you’re Labour.

Gemini: Let your actions speak this weekend. Check your passport.

Cancer: Stand up for yourself this weekend. Then get run over.

Leo: Look at the big picture this weekend. The frame is dusty.

Virgo: Show your integrity this weekend. It’s under the bed.

Libra: Establish boundaries this weekend. Along the Scottish border.

Scorpio: Count your blessings this weekend. It shouldn’t take long.

Sagittarius: Avoid impulse buys this weekend. Like plane tickets.

Capricorn: Fun will follow chores this weekend. Or in five more years.

Aquarius: Accept reality’s limits this weekend. But you can grumble.

Pisces: Don’t lament unmet wishes this weekend. Find some new wishes.

Aries: Follow through on plans this weekend. The Tories will.


Yesterday on Campus

Morning FeatureUnglued, Part I: Gated Communities
Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
Campus QuestionAs a federal court overturns NSA surveillance, will Sen. John McCain howling “9/11!” change any minds?

Today on Campus

Morning FeatureUnglued, Part II: Communities Behind Bars
Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Friedai Critters
Campus Question at 6pm ET


Good morning! ::hugggggs::