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

Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, died today (460 or 463, sources differ). Also, Edward, the Black Prince received England’s first duchy when he was made Duke of Cornwall (1337), the Siege of Boston ended with British troops evacuating by sea (1776), General George Washington gave the Continental Army a holiday, likely the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the U.S., to show solidarity with the Irish independence movement (1780), the Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed, although it would not be fully united for another 9 years (1861), 562 of 880 passengers died when the SS Utopia collided with the HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sank within 20 minutes (1891), President Franklin Roosevelt opened the National Gallery of Art (1941), researchers at Berkeley announced the creation of element 98, which they called Californium (1950), 25 people including Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay died in a plane crash in Cebu (1957), the U.S. Navy launched Vanguard 1, the first solar-powered satellite (1958), the Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India (1959), President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Security Council directive that would result in the Bay of Pigs Invasion 13 months later (1960), 1100 people died when Mount Agung erupted on Bali (1963), 6000 sheep were found dead after nerve gas testing in Skull Valley, Utah (1968), Golda Meir became Israel’s first female Prime Minister (1969), AP photographer Sal Veder snapped his Pulitzer Prize-winning Burst of Joy as Robert Stirm was met by his family after six years as a POW in Vietnam (1973), 2 workers died when Scotland’s 133-year-old Penmanshiel Tunnel collapsed while under repair (1979), 29 people were killed when a car bomb exploded at the Israel Embassy in Buenos Aires, on the same day South Africans voted to end apartheid (1992), 530 followers of the Ugandan Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments cult died in a fire that was later ruled murder (2000), British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Robin Cook resigned in protest against plans for the Iraq War (2003), and a massive meteorite struck the Moon (2013). And Indians celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors (2014).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology was too busy making shamrocks to research this week’s Bippiescopes. The Bippiescopes will return next week.

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsFederal Judge Blocks God-King’s New Muslim Ban, plus Other Stuff
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Hydraulic Press vs. Adamantium
Campus QuestionAs details of God-King’s proposed budget emerge, do America’s children and working poor really just need a steel-toed, jack-booted kick in the balls to motivate them to get rich?

Today on Campus

Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: RavenWhimsy (Tumblr)

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::