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

The Hashshashin tried to assassinate Salidin near Aleppo, today (1176). Also, Gregory XI issued five papal bulls denouncing the teachings of John Wycliffe (1377), Richard of York defeated and captured Henry VI at St. Albans, starting the War of the Roses (1455), the Treaty of Lübeck ended Denmark’s role in the Thirty Years’ War (1629), a fire left only the village church and seven houses standing in Chudleigh, England (1807), 56 citizens of Littleport, England rioted against high unemployment and rising grain prices, and the unrest spread to nearby Ely the next day (1816), the SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic, left Savannah, Georgia en route to England (1819), Martinique abolished slavery (1848), Abraham Lincoln patented a floatation device to lift boats over obstacles, making him the only U.S. President to hold a patent (1849), South Carolina Rep. Preston Brooks attacked Massachusetts Sen. Charles Sumner in the hall of the U.S. Senate (1856), President Ulysses Grant signed the Amnesty Act that restored full civil and legal rights to all but 500 Confederate military leaders (1872), London’s Blackwall Tunnel opened (1897), California’s Lassen Peak erupted, on the same day 226 people died three trains collided and the resulting fire engulfed two others at the Quintinshill signal box near Gretna Green, Scotland (1915), the United Steelworkers was formed (1942), U.S. Army Major Robert Staver recommended the U.S. immigration of German rocket scientists known as Operation Paperclip (1945), President Harry Truman signed a $400 million aid bill for Turkey and Greece, each facing communist-backed unrest, marking the start of the Truman Doctrine (1947), 6 days of anti-Tamil riots that would leave 300 dead began in Sri Lanka (1958), at least 2300 and as many as 6000 people died when a magnitude 9.5 earthquake, the most powerful ever recorded, struck Chile (1960), 45 people died when a bomb caused the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 11 (1962), President Lyndon Johnson announced the goals of his Great Society program (1964), 323 people died as a fire destroyed the L’Innovation department store in Brussels, Belgium (1967), 99 sailors died when the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion sank off the Azores (1968), Ceylon became the Republic of Sri Lanka (1972), Namco released PacMan (1980), 42 Muslim youth were murdered by Indian police in Meerut, on the same day the first-ever Rugby World Cup kicked off in Auckland, New Zealand (1987), North and South Yemen united into the Republic of Yemen (1990), the remains of Chandra Levy were found in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park, on the same day a Birmingham grand jury indicted former Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry for the 1963 murders of four black girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing (2002), Annika Sörenstam became the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since Babe Zaharias, 58 years earlier (2003), a then-record 2.5-mile-wide F4 tornado struck Hallam, Nebraska (2004), 13 people were killed as 235 tornadoes struck 19 Central Plains states and up into Canada (2008), 158 people died as Air India Express Flight 812 crashed on landing at Mangalore (2010), 162 people died as an F5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri (2011), and the 2080-foot Tokyo Skytree opened as the world’s tallest tower (2012). And Thai general Prayut Chan-o-cha announced a military coup d’état, on the same day 43 people were killed as bombers attacked a market in Ürümqi, China (2014).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology ….

Gemini: Rework your plans this weekend. Yes, again.

Cancer: Turn dreams into reality this weekend. But not those dreams.

Leo: Communicate your limits this weekend. Wear a portable fence.

Virgo: Rise to the challenge this weekend. The other challenge.

Libra: Take calculated risks this weekend. Remember to carry the one.

Scorpio: Don’t sell yourself short this weekend. Stand up first.

Sagittarius: Create lasting change this weekend. Then flush.

Capricorn: Know when to stop this weekend. But do start first.

Aquarius: March to your own drum this weekend. Or your own tuba.

Pisces: Believe in yourself this weekend. Unless you’re not real.

Aries: Focus on long-term goals this weekend. Like, say, lunch.

Taurus: Be kind to others this weekend. Except for those jerks.

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Yesterday on Campus

Morning FeatureBacktalk, Part I: The Silencing
Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
Campus QuestionWill President Obama’s favorability polling continue to rise?

Today on Campus

Morning FeatureBacktalk, Part II: The Chait Effect
Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Friedai Critters
Campus Question at 6pm ET
Our Earth at 8pm ET – Dolphins Dying from BP Oil Spill

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::