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

Constantine the Great began distributing free food to the citizens of Constantinople today (332). Also, England’s Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine (1152), Alonso de Ojeda left Cádiz on his voyage to Venezuela (1499), the Great Siege of Malta began, on the same day Spain’s Philip II established the Royal Audiencia of Concepción (1565), the Privy Council issued an arrest warrant for playwright Christopher Marlowe on charges of heresy (1593), John Winthrop was inaugurated as Massachusetts’ first colonial governor (1631), Rhode Island passed English-speaking North America’s first emancipation statute (1652), Britain declared war on France to begin the Seven Years’ War (1756), and the Napoleonic Wars (1803), the French Senate proclaimed Napoleon Bonaparte emperor (1804), John Bellingham was convicted and sentenced to hang for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Percival (1812), 450 clerics of the Church of Scotland left to form the Free Church of Scotland, an event remembered as the Disruption (1843), the first German National Assembly opened in Frankfurt (1848), the Republican Party chose Abraham Lincoln over William Seward as their presidential nominee (1860), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld “separate but equal” racial segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson, on the same day 1389 people died in a mass panic on Moscow’s Khodynka Field during the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II (1896), the Earth passed through the tail of Halley’s Comet (1910), President Woodrow Wilson signed the Selective Service Act (1918), 45 people were killed when a truck bomb exploded at the Bath Consolidated School in Michigan (1927), President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act (1933), the Soviet government began deporting Tatars from the Crimean Peninsula (1944), Jackie Cochran became the first woman to exceed the speed of sound (1953), Fritz Luchsinger and Ernst Reiss led the first ascent of Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain (1956), India successfully tested a nuclear weapon under Project Smiling Buddha (1974), 57 people died as Mount St. Helens erupted (1980), a San Diego resident stole a California National Guard tank and went on a car-crushing rampage until he was stopped and killed by police (1995), a second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed the existence of Pluto’s moons Nix and Hydra (2005), the 26-year Sri Lankan Civil War ended (2009), and 22 people died when Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 5428 crashed in Prahuaniyeu, Argentina (2011). And at least 78 people died when a landslide struck La Libordiana region of Colombia (2015).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology ignored the news while researching this week’s Bippiescopes…

Taurus: Straight talk will help your relationships this weekend. Unless it’s a bigoted temper tantrum.

Gemini: You’re one decision away from a different life this weekend. Maybe a plea deal.

Cancer: Be true to yourself this weekend. Unless you’re an a—hole.

Leo: You have the tools to back up your reputation this weekend. Sorry about that.

Virgo: Slow down to hear what others are saying this weekend. Except while you’re driving.

Libra: Don’t overextend your reach this weekend. Use a mechanical grabber instead.

Scorpio: Realistically assess your plans for the weekend. Yeah, we thought so.

Sagittarius: Your hard work may not be matched by recognition this weekend. Big surprise there.

Capricorn: Be patient and await the rewards this weekend. Keep waiting.

Aquarius: Let pleasant memories enrich the moment this weekend. Before it gets worse.

Pisces: Use your diplomatic skills to negotiate delicate issues this weekend. Or just tweet about it.

Aries: Harness your passion and focus your energy this weekend. Or focus on your harness. Or something.


Yesterday on Campus

YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Squirrels Rebuild Their Brains in Hibernation
Campus QuestionDemocrats run on issues while media focus on God-King scandals, but “Democrats have no message?”

Today on Campus

YouTube Treasures at 2pm ET – Lake Toba with To Be Announced
Campus Question at 6pm ET


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