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

Rome’s Severan Dynasty ended with the murders of Emperor Alexander Severus and his mother Julia Mamaea today (235). Also, Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burned at the stake (1314), John Berkeley sold his part of New Jersey to the Quakers (1673), the British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act (1766), the six Tolpuddle Martyrs were convicted of forming a trade union and sentenced to a penal colony in Australia (1834), 300 people died as troops clashed with protesters when the Spring of Nations spread to Berlin (1848), Henry Wells and William Fargo founded American Express (1850), Lord Stanley donated a silver cup as the prize for Canada’s best hockey team (1892), Traian Vuia flew the first front-propeller monoplane (1906), Mohandas Gandhi was sentenced to 6 years in prison for civil disobedience (1922), 695 people died as the F5 Tri-State Tornado carved a world record 219-mile track across Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana (1925), cyclist Emilio Casco flew one kilometer in Enea Bossi’s Pedaliante, the first human-powered aircraft (1937), Mexico nationalized foreign-owned oil fields (1938), the War Relocation Authority was established to oversee the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II (1942), 26 people died as Italy’s Mount Vesuvius erupted (1944), 1070 people died as a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near Yenice and GΓΆnen in Turkey (1953), President Dwight Eisenhower signed the law authorizing Hawaiian statehood (1959), the Evian Accords ended the 8-year Algerian War of Independence (1964), Aleksei Leonov performed the first spacewalk from Voskhod 2 (1965), 32 million gallons of crude oil spilled when the SS Torrey Canyon struck a reef off the coast of Cornwall (1967), Congress repealed the gold standard (1968), postal workers began one of the largest wildcat strikes in U.S. history (1970), at least 200 people died when a landslide triggered a 100-foot tsunami in Peru’s Lake Yanahuani (1971), the 5-month OPEC Oil Embargo ended (1974), 50 people died when a Vostok-2M rocket exploded on the launch pad at Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome (1980), a 4400-year-old mummy was discovered near the Great Pyramid (1989), 12 paintings worth a total $300 million were stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the largest art theft in U.S. history, on the same day East Germans voted in their country’s first and last free elections, as Germany would reunited that September (1990), Bosniaks and Croats signed the Washington Agreement, ending their war and forming the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1994), 162 people died as a fire swept through the Ozone Disco Club in Quezon City, Philippines (1996), 50 people died as the tail snapped off an Antonov An-24 charter plane en route to Turkey (1997), Tupou VI became King of Tonga (2012), and the parliaments of Russia and Crimea signed the Treaty on Accession of the Republic of Crimea to Russia (2014). And 23 people were killed when gunmen attacked Tunisia’s Bardo National Museum (2015).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology drank no Guinness while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Pisces: Let anticipation build this weekend. Lose the bottle opener.

Aries: Express your feelings this weekend. Belch louder.

Taurus: Take care of chores first this weekend. Put them in the fridge.

Gemini: Let your actions speak this weekend. Enjoy that recliner.

Cancer: Follow your heart this weekend. Or your liver. Just sayin’.

Leo: Make yourself clear this weekend. Wear plastic wrap and a lampshade.

Virgo: Wait patiently for facts this weekend. Pop one while you wait.

Libra: Let your charm work its magic this weekend. If you can find it.

Scorpio: Don’t spill your secrets this weekend. Or your beverages.

Sagittarius: Don’t take things too seriously this weekend. Unless that happens.

Capricorn: Inaction may be wisdom this weekend. That’s a good excuse.

Aquarius: Cultivate connections this weekend. Offer to share the Guinness.

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Yesterday on Campus

Morning FeatureAt the Races, Part I: GOP Chaos
Midday Matinee – Lake Toba with YouTube Treasures: Mappers!
Campus QuestionDo you like your Leprechaun Name?

Today on Campus

Morning FeatureAt the Races, Part II: Democratic Clarity
Midday Matinee – Lake Toba with YouTube Treasures: Rappers!
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::