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The death of Alī ibn Abī Tālib ended the Rashidun Caliphate today (661). Also, Clement VI issued Unigenitus justifying papal power and the granting of indulgences (1343), the Vatican trial of scholar Giordano Bruno began (1593), as did the trial of Guy Fawkes and others involved in the Gunpowder Plot (1606), the University of Georgia was founded as the first public university in the U.S. (1785), Congress approved the Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma, setting the stage for the Trail of Tears (1825), the National Geographic Society was founded (1888), as was Norway’s Unge Venstre, the youth extension of the liberal Venstre Party (1909), Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee died in a fire during a test of Apollo 1, on the same day the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union signed the Outer Space Treaty (1967), 14 people died as the Brisbane River breached its banks and flooded the Australian city that bears its name (1974), 6 U.S. diplomats escaped Tehran in what the press dubbed the “Canadian Caper,” later dramatized in the Oscar-winning film Argo (1980), Michael Jackson suffered burns to his scalp while filming a Pepsi commercial (1984), U.S.-born Akebono Tarō became the first non-Japanese sumo wrestler to attain the highest rank of yokozuna (1993), Germany observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day for the first time (1996), 1100 people died in the explosion and subsequent fires after an accidental detonation at the Lagos, Nigeria military armory (2002), the Library of Congress announced the first selections for the National Recording Registry (2003), Western Union ended 151 years of commercial telegraph service (2006), Porfirio Lobo Sosa became President of Honduras, ending a seven-month constitutional crisis (2010), and the Arab Spring spread to Yemen (2011). And 242 people died as a fire swept through the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil (2013).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology consulted alt-star social media sites while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Aquarius: March to your own beat this weekend. Especially if it’s a syncopated samba.

Pisces: Surf other dimensions this weekend. Like those high-number cable channels, or Netflix.

Aries: Friendships may be tested this weekend. Bring a #10 pencil and fill in the ovals completely.

Taurus: Lasso the cosmic momentum this weekend. You’ll need a longer rope.

Gemini: Only you can hold yourself back this weekend. And perhaps you should.

Cancer: Objectivity is your friend this weekend. Objectionable is not.

Leo: Take time to love yourself this weekend. Remember the batteries.

Virgo: Life is a balancing act this weekend. Wear sensible shoes.

Libra: Stand out from the crowd this weekend. Especially if you haven’t showered.

Scorpio: Love is a winding road this weekend. YouPorn is a back alley.

Sagittarius: Create your unique masterpiece this weekend. Start with Color #1.

Capricorn: Balance longing and satisfaction this weekend. Let us know how that worked.


Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsVoting Rights and Urban Legends
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with James Fallon: Discovering One’s Hidden Psychopathology
Campus QuestionDoes the news whipsaw you from “Yay!” to “Boo!” on an hour-by-hour basis?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsBannon to Times, and God-King to Reality: Just “Shut Up”
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Epic Rap Battles of History: Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates
Campus Question at 6pm ET


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