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Cicero delivered his first Philippic criticism of Marc Antony today (44 BCE). Also, the papal army of Innocent X destroyed the Italian city of Castro (1649), the Great Fire of London broke out and would burn for three days, destroying over 10,000 buildings including St. Paul’s Cathedral (1666), Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar (1752), the September Two-th Society convened, realized “two-th” was not the ordinal of “two,” and dissolved, leaving the month … two-th-less (1767), the U.S. Treasury Department was established (1789), 457 people died as a landslide destroyed Goldau, Switzerland (1806), the Royal Fredericks University, now the University of Oslo, was founded (1811), as was Ohio’s Oberlin College (1833), massive solar flares triggered the largest geomagnetic storm ever recorded, disrupting telegraph service and triggering visible Auroras worldwide (1859), Union forces captured Atlanta, shifting Northern opinion against anti-war candidate George McClellan and in favor of incumbent Abraham Lincoln leading into the presidential election (1864), white miners attacked and killed 28 Chinese coworkers in Rock Springs, Wyoming (1885), Vice President Theodore Roosevelt uttered his famous phrase “Speak softly and carry a big stick” at the Minnesota State Fair (1901), 423 people died as the Labor Day Hurricane, the most intense ever to make landfall in the U.S., struck the Florida Keys (1935), Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed the Instrument of Surrender of Japan aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, formally ending World War II, on the same day Vietnam declared independence (1945), the first Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration was elected, now celebrated as Tibet’s Democracy Day (1960), the CBS Evening News became the first half-hour evening network television news broadcast (1963), 116 people died as a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Nicaragua (1992), and 229 people died as Swissair Flight 111 crashed near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia, on the same day the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda convicted Jean Paul Akayesu on nine counts of genocide (1998). And a new eastbound span opened on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, making it the widest bridge in the world (2013).
Janitor Professor of Astrology did not chortle at the pun he snuck into today-in-history while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….
Virgo: See the best your neighbors this weekend. Buy binoculars.
Libra: Look at the big picture this weekend. It’s out on Netflix.
Scorpio: Don’t make commitments this weekend. You heartbreaker.
Sagittarius: Try to focus on the practical this weekend. Yes, the garage.
Capricorn: Your life will bloom this weekend. So will algae. Just sayin’.
Aquarius: Cultivate self-respect this weekend. Prune your toenails.
Pisces: You have the magic touch this weekend. Remember the batteries.
Aries: Say what you mean this weekend. Maybe someone will listen.
Taurus: Be careful what you wish for this weekend. Rub a lava lamp.
Gemini: Work for your dreams this weekend. Launder the bedding.
Cancer: Match grand goals with hard work this weekend. Or set smaller goals.
Leo: Let your words sink in this weekend. Inscribe them on butter.
Yesterday on Campus
Mixed Nuts – The 8th Annual Bippies, Part I: The Ads
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with RvB2
Campus Question – Gallup survey finds Americans’ lives improved during Obama’s presidency; does that surprise you?
Today on Campus
Photo Credit: British Wildlife Centre
Good morning! ::hugggggs::