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

Tradition holds that Romulus founded Rome today (753 BCE). Also, Tundun pardoned the debts of Namwaran and his children Angkatan and Butah, as recorded on the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, the oldest known writing in the Philippines (900), Urban II elevated the Diocese of Pisa to an archdiocese (1092), the three-day Lisbon Massacre ended with over 1900 Jews having been killed (1506), Malta’s Wignacourt Aqueduct opened (1615), Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke founded the city of Rattanakosin, now known as Bangkok (1782), Bahá’u’lláh entered the Najibiyyih Gardens for a twelve-day period of revelation, commemorated by Bahá’ís as Ridván and the founding of the Bahá’í faith (1863), the Spanish-American War began with a blockade of Cuban ports, although Congress would not declare war for another four days (1898), Manfred von Richthofen, the “Red Baron,” was shot down and killed (1918), the Daily Mail published the “Surgeon’s Photograph” purporting to show the Loch Ness Monster (1934), Secretary’s Day, now Administrative Assistant’s Day, was celebrated for the first time (1952), Brazil’s capital moved from Rio de Janeiro to Brasília (1960), the Seattle World’s Fair opened (1962), the Bahá’í faith’s Universal House of Justice convened for the first time (1963), the New York World’s Fair opened for its second season (1965), Haile Selassie visited Jamaica, commemorated by Rastafari as Grounation Day (1966), a coup d’état in Greece ushered in the seven-year military reign of George Papadopoulos (1967), the Milwaukee Brewers’ Rollie Fingers became the first Major League relief pitcher to record 300 saves (1982), 106 people were killed by a car bomb in Colombo, Sri Lanka (1987), Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail discovered the first extrasolar planets, orbiting pulsar PSR 1257+12 (1992), Bolivia’s Supreme Court sentenced former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years in prison for murder, theft, fraud and violating the constitution (1993), and 74 people were killed as five car bombs exploded outside police stations in and around Basra, Iraq (2004). And 116 people died when two trains collided near Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2012).

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The Professor of Astrology Janitor lost his cheery-ohs while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Taurus: Don’t give in to instant gratification this weekend. Unless it’s really gratifying.

Gemini: Exercise self-discipline this weekend. But don’t spank yourself in public again.

Cancer: Shake up your schedule this weekend. Take two naps instead of just one.

Leo: Don’t sacrifice your credibility this weekend. They’ll get over it.

Virgo: Your choices determine your destiny this weekend. Oh well.

Libra: Treat others as you wish to be treated this weekend. Unless you’re a masochist.

Scorpio: Be careful in sharing your feelings this weekend. Share the ones we like.

Sagittarius: Resist the urge to throw up fences this weekend. Or at least get a building permit.

Capricorn: Don’t assume things will go wrong this weekend. Even though they will.

Aquarius: Know when it’s time to back away this weekend. Right about 5:15 should do.

Pisces: Postpone decisions as you explore options this weekend. We’ll all wait (cough).

Aries: Hard work will overcome almost any obstacle this weekend. Just not those obstacles.

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsFox Fires O’Reilly, plus Other Stuff
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Talking Dogs
Campus QuestionHouse Republicans make Wealthcare Act even worse, and are “states’ rights’ for former Confederate states only?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsDemocrats in ‘Existential Crisis?’
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::