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France’s Henry I married Anne of Kiev today (1051). Also, Jacques Cartier set sail on his second voyage to North America (1535), Anne Boleyn was executed (1536), Elizabeth I ordered the arrest of Mary Queen of Scots (1568), the Rump Parliament declared England a Commonwealth (1649), Jean-Pierre Christin developed the centigrade scale (1743), George II granted the Ohio Company a land charter at the fork of the Ohio River (1749), thick smoke from forest fires, heavy fog, and dense clouds combined to cause New England’s Dark Day (1780), Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, France’s highest military honor (1802), President John Quincy Adams signed the Tariff Act protecting U.S. wool manufacturers (1828), Mexico ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, formally ending the Mexican-American War and selling California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of four other states to the U.S. for $15 billion (1848), the Dominion Parks Branch, now Parks Canada, opened as the world’s first national park service (1911), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk landed at Samsun, starting the Turkish War of Independence (1919), President Warren Harding signed the Emergency Quota Act, setting the first numerical limits on immigration from Europe (1921), the second All-Russian Komsomol Conference established the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization, the Soviet version of the Boy Scouts (1922), 31 dock workers died and every window in South Amboy, New Jersey was reportedly broken when a munitions barge exploded at the “T” docks, on the same day Egypt closed the Suez Canal to Israeli shipping (1950), the Soviet Venera 1 probe passed Venus, although it had malfunctioned a month earlier and sent no data (1961), Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” at a salute to President John Kennedy at New York City’s Madison Square Garden (1962), the New York Post Sunday Magazine published Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (1963), the Soviet Mars 2 probe was launched (1971), President Ronald Reagan signed the Gun Ownership Protection Act (1986), Croatians voted for independence (1991), grassroots efforts led Mexico to protect the Sierra Gorda Biosphere (1997), 75% of Romanian voters rejected the impeachment of President Traian Băsescu (2007), 5 people were killed as the Thai military assaulted protesters of the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (2010), and a pipeline rupture spilled 3400 barrels of crude oil into the Pacific near the Refugio State Beach in California (2015). And 66 people died when EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea (2016).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology was only mildly distracted from researching this week’s Bippiescopes by his discovery that the 2017 Giro d’Italia is almost halfway finished, and not available on local cable….

Taurus: Separate pleasures from priorities this weekend. Unless cable companies separate them for you.

Gemini: Narrow your focus this weekend. Look for that channel, we dare you.

Cancer: Use facts as your foundation this weekend. Like the fact that you can’t watch the Giro.

Leo: Let go of lingering resentments this weekend. Make room for new resentments.

Virgo: Accept your limits this weekend. Even if cable companies set them for you.

Libra: Observe the clues around you this weekend. Such as the absence of gorgeous Italian scenery.

Scorpio: Stop making excuses and start making changes this weekend. Or change your excuses.

Sagittarius: Take your cues from the stars this weekend. Unless those stars are riding in the Giro.

Capricorn: Mix work and play this weekend. Ride an exercise bike while watching Giro highlights in the web.

Aquarius: The more you search, the more you find this weekend. Unless you’re searching for the Giro on cable.

Pisces: Don’t inflate expectations too high this weekend. Some cable executive will deflate them.

Aries: Set your sights on the future this weekend. The Tour de France starts in July, and it will be on cable.


Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsRobert Mueller Named as Special Prosecutor
Campus QuestionIs the God-King facing “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history,” or is he just the biggest whiner in American history?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsWitch Hunts, Ducks, Whines, and Quacks
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with NASA Live: Earth from Space
Campus Question at 6pm ET


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