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

The Mongols captured Baghdad, ending the Abbasid Caliphate today (1258). Also, Robert the Bruce murdered John Comyn, setting off the Scottish Wars of Independence (1306), the two-day St. Scholastica’s Day Riot that would kill 63 scholars and 30 townspeople erupted in Oxford, England (1355), the Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War and ceded Quebec to Britain (1763), Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1840), Edward VII christened the HMS Dreadnought, beginning a global naval arms race (1906), Józef Haller performed Poland’s Wedding to the Sea (1920), Texas Technological College, now Texas Tech University, was founded (1923), Glenn Miller’s “Chattanooga Choo Choo” earned the first Gold Record recognition (1942), U2 pilot Gary Powers was exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, on the same day Roy Lichtenstein’s first exhibition opened with his iconic Look Mickey painting (1962), the Twenty-fifth Amendment was ratified (1967), Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the first African American to lead a major political party (1989), IBM’s Deep Blue defeated grandmaster Garry Kasparov for the first time (1996), and an orbital collision destroyed communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 (2009). And 36 people died in a stampede at the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India (2013).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology misplaced his buffing rag and thus couldn’t get his telescope clean enough to research this week’s Bippiescopes. They will return next week.

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsIs the God-King’s Propaganda Winning?
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Numberphile: Balancing a Ruler
Campus QuestionAre near-daily scandals a White House tactic to distract the media from news that doesn’t fit the God-King’s agenda?
Our EarthDestroying EPA Enforcement Agencies

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsGod-King vs. Courts: Now 0-for-3
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with 11 Foot 8 Bridge
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: RavenWhimsy (Tumblr)

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::