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

One hundred forty-seven Swiss Guards died helping Clement VII escape to Castel Sant’Angelo as Spanish and German mutineers sacked Rome, an event regarded the end of the Roman Renaissance, today (1527). Henry VIII ordered English-language Bibles to be placed in all churches (1536), British troops removed Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector and reinstalled the Rump Parliament (1659), Louis XIV moved his court to the Palace of Versailles (1682), Konbaung troops captured Pegu, ending the 17-year Burmese Civil War (1757), construction began on Bangkok’s Grand Palace (1782), the provocative New York Herald premiered (1835), Crazy Horse surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska (1877), Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), the Eiffel Tower opened to the public (1889), Britain’s Edward VII died and his son George V succeeded him (1910), 21 Lebanese nationalists were executed in Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square (1916), the Nazi-led German Student Union stormed the feminist and pro-LGBT Institut für Sexualwissenschaft in Berlin and four days later would burn over 20,000 volumes from the institute’s library (1933), 36 people died as flames engulfed the Hindenburg as the zeppelin was landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey (1937), John Steinbeck received a Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Bob Hope performed his first USO show (1941), the EDSAC launched the era of stored-program computing (1949), Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile (1954), more than 20 million worldwide viewers watched as Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey (1960), John XXIII canonized St. Martín de Porres (1962), Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were sentenced to life in prison for the Moors Murders (1966), 989 people died as a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Friuli, Italy (1976), a unanimous jury of architects and sculptors selected Maya Ying Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1981), the Hitler Diaries were exposed as a hoax (1983), John Paul II canonized 103 Korean Martyrs in Seoul (1984), Elizabeth II and François Mitterrand officially opened the Channel Tunnel (1994), the body of former CIA director William Colby was found on a Maryland river bank, eight days after his disappearance (1996), the Bank of England was granted autonomy from political control for the first time in its 300-year history (1997), the Chicago Cubs’ Kerry Wood tied Roger Clemens’ single-game record with 20 strikeouts, in only his 5th career start (1998), the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly held their first elections (1999), John Paul II became the first pope to enter a mosque, during his visit to Syria (2001), and Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Georgina DeJesus were rescued from a Cleveland basement where they had been held for over a decade (2013). And 6 people were injured by a knife-wielding man in Guangzhou, China (2014).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology did not reflect on the GOP train wreck while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Taurus: Commit 100% to your goals this weekend. Okay, to 25% of your goals.

Gemini: Pause to gain clarity this weekend. Or just clean your glasses.

Cancer: Keep your eyes on the stars this weekend. Unless you’re driving.

Leo: Plan carefully this weekend. The universe loves the irony.

Virgo: Widen your perspective this weekend. Mock a different opponent.

Libra: Make smart alliances this weekend. Not like Cruz and Kasich.

Scorpio: Set aside your fears this weekend. They’ll still be there Monday.

Sagittarius: Allocate your time carefully this weekend. Start by reading this.

Capricorn: Change plans but not goals this weekend. Except for those goals.

Aquarius: Maintain an emotional cushion this weekend. The sofa pillow works nicely.

Pisces: Accept reality as it is this weekend. Yeah, that too.

Aries: Prioritize your plans this weekend. Then watch chaos step in.


Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsDOJ Moves to Block North Carolina anti-LGBT Law
Midday Matinee – Lake Toba with YouTube Treasures: Responsibility and Sports
Campus QuestionCan the media be both “objective” and “neutral” in 2016?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsAndrew Sullivan on Tyranny, plus “I Feel Like”
Midday Matinee – Lake Toba with YouTube Treasures: ‘Honest Trailers’ Spoofs The Lion King
Campus Question at 6pm ET


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