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

The Immortal Seven issued the Invitation to William that would culminate in the Glorious Revolution today (1688). Also, Congress organized the Michigan Territory (1805), Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope (1859), biologist Thomas Huxley, Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, and others debated evolution at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (1860), President Abraham Lincoln granted Yosemite Valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation” (1864), Canada’s first transcontinental train left Montréal for Port Moody, British Columbia (1886), the Homestead Strike began near Pittsburgh (1892), Albert Einstein introduced special relativity in his paper On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies (1905), Congress passed the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906), an asteroid or comet estimated at 100m diameter exploded over the Podkamennaya Tunguska River (1908), 28 people died when an F4 tornado struck Regina, Saskatchewan (1912), President Warren Harding appointed former President William Taft to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1922), Secretary of State Charles Hughes and Ambassador Francisco Peynado signed the agreement formally ending the U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic (1922), German Chancellor Adolf Hitler ordered the murders of former supporter Ernst Röhm and at least 85 other Brownshirt leaders in the Night of the Long Knives (1934), London introduced the world’s first emergency phone number, 999 (1939), Chevrolet produced the first Corvette (1953), 128 people died when United Airlines Flight 718 and TWA Flight 2 collided over the Grand Canyon (1956), 17 people died when a U.S. Air Force jet crashed into a school in Okinawa (1959), Congo gained independence (1960), 7 police and military bomb disposal officers were killed when a bomb intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco exploded in the Palermo suburb of Ciaculli (1963), the National Organization for Women was founded (1966), Paul VI issued the Credo of the People of God (1968), the crew of Soyuz 11 died in orbit after an air leak, on the same day Ohio became the 37th state to ratify the Twenty-sixth Amendment, lowering the voting age to 18 (1971), the first leap second was added to the UTC time system (1972), the Baltimore Municipal Strike began (1974), the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbanded (1977), 39 U.S. hostages held for 17 days aboard TWA Flight 487 were freed in Beirut (1985), the U.S. Supreme Court held in Bowers v. Hardwick that states could outlaws homosexual activity, a decision overturned 17 years later in Lawrence v. Texas (1986), the Royal Canadian Mint introduced the $1 coin, known as the Loonie (1987), East and West Germany merged their economies (1990), 32 miners died in a coal fire in the Donbass region of Ukraine (1991), Britain transferred sovereignty of Hong Kong to China (1997), 19 firefighters died in Arizona’s Yarnell Hill wildfire (2013), and 143 people died when a C-130 crashed shortly after takeoff at the Soewondo Air Force Base in Medan, Indonesia (2015). And Rodrigo Roa Duterte was inaugurated as the 16th President of the Philippines, and the first to hail from the island of Mindanao (2016).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology’s new telescope arrived by canoe from the Gobi Desert and the lens was blurry….

Cancer: Balance social interaction with your need to be alone this weekend. Send them texts.

Leo: The gap between dreams and reality is acting this weekend. Also lights and cameras and editing and….

Virgo: Others should help or get out of your way this weekend. Good luck with that.

Libra: Friends will rely on your objectivity this weekend. So object.

Scorpio: Watch distant horizons for signs this weekend. But don’t hit the car in front of you.

Sagittarius: Focus on what you can change this weekend. Those socks, for example.

Capricorn: Let your subconscious solve problems this weekend. Let your conscious complain about them.

Aquarius: Words are meaningless without action this weekend. Except for some words.

Pisces: Take it one step at a time this weekend. Or use the elevator.

Aries: Your patience may wear thin this weekend. So wait for it to come back.

Taurus: Revisit decisions as circumstances change this weekend. But not those decisions.

Gemini: You will be judged on your performance this weekend. Prepare an acceptance speech.


Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsGrowing Pushback on Wealthcare Act, plus Other Stuff
Campus QuestionIs “the liberal caricature of conservatism” just … “conservatism?”

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsNASA’s Child Slave Colony on Mars, plus Other Stuff
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Minnesota’s Northwest Angle
Campus Question at 6pm ET


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