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

Vasco de Gama set sail on the first direct voyage from Europe to India today (1497). Also, Charles II granted John Clarke a charter to Rhode Island (1663), a magnitude 8.7 earthquake triggered a tsunami that flooded lower Valparaíso, Chile (1730), Joseph Bonaparte approved the Bayonne Statute that was to establish him as King of Spain (1808), Matthew Perry arrived in what is now Tokyo Bay seeking a trade treaty with Japan (1853), the Canadian Mounties set out on their March West to Fort Whoop-Up (1874), the Wall Street Journal debuted (1889), a fire left thousands homeless in St. John’s, Newfoundland (1892), crime boss Soapy Smith was killed in the Shootout on Juneau Wharf, freeing Skagway, Alaska from gang rule (1898), the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached the lowest point of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22 (1932), reports of a UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico were broadcast nationwide (1947), the U.S. Air Force accepted its first female recruits (1948), the Soviet Union charged U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers with espionage (1960), President Richard Nixon announced the self-determination policy that later led to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (1970), 105 people died with the Island Express train from Bangalore to Kanyakumari derailed on the Peruman Bridge and fell into Ashtamudi Lake (1988), and Atlantis was launched on the final mission of the Space Shuttle project (2011). And fighting between Israel and Gaza intensified following the murders of three Israeli teenagers (2014).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology was not amused by House Republicans while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Cancer: Don’t overstep your limits this weekend. Yes, you have them.

Leo: Answer the future’s call this weekend. Or re-re-investigate the past.

Virgo: Don’t surrender to pessimism this weekend. You can too mess up worse.

Libra: Confront resistance head-on this weekend. That brick wall won’t mind.

Scorpio: Ponder both sides of your dilemma this weekend. Then keep digging.

Sagittarius: Positive results create confidence this weekend. Or would have.

Capricorn: Make something happen this weekend. Then think of a good excuse.

Aquarius: Question authority this weekend. Then blush when authority answers.

Pisces: Don’t take no for an answer this weekend. Demand at least hell no.

Aries: Face the truth this weekend. Or throw a louder, longer tantrum.

Taurus: Practice moderation this weekend. Reduce mouth froth by 5%.

Gemini: Keep it real this weekend. Alas, Reality was six exits ago.

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsPseudo-Scandal vs. Truly Scandalous
Midday Matinee – Lake Toba with YouTube Treasures: A Really Big Number, and Your Mind Blown!
Campus QuestionWill House Republicans’ stubborn bungling plus Bernie Sanders’ expected endorsement help Hillary Clinton’s election outlook?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsDallas Carnage: 5 Cops Killed, 6 Wounded
Midday Matinee – Lake Toba with YouTube Treasures: Cats Annoying Dogs
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: British Wildlife Centre

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::