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Edward I used a giant trebuchet called the Warwolf to capture Stirling Castle in Scotland, today (1304). Also, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye reached the western shore of Lake Michigan (1738), Nicéphore Niépce received a patent for the world’s first internal combustion engine, his Pyréolophore (1807), citizens of Bogotá declared independence from Spain, now celebrated as Colombia’s Independence Day (1810), British Columbia joined the confederation of Canada (1871), the Football Association allowed English soccer clubs to pay professional players (1885), the Ford Motor Company shipped its first car (1903), D.C. police fired tear gas at World War I-era Bonus Army veterans who were marching on the White House (1932), 2 people were killed and 67 wounded as police fired on striking truck drivers during the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike, on the same day Seattle police fired tear gas on striking longshoremen and the Oregon governor called up the National Guard to stop the West Coast Waterfront Strike (1934), the DOJ filed an anti-trust suit against the Hollywood ‘studio system’ (1938), California’s Arroyo Seco Parkway opened (1940), Col. Claus von Stauffenberg attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler (1944), Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the world’s first female elected head of government (1960), the first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Chicago’s Soldier Field (1968), Apollo 11 touched down and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, on the same day a ceasefire between Honduras and El Salvador ended the six-day “Football War” (1969), Viking 1 landed on Mars (1976), 80 people died when a flash flood swept through Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on the same day the CIA released documents under the Freedom of Information Act that revealed Project MK-ULTRA (1978), Burma’s military junta placed Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest (1989), the fully restored USS Constitution set sail for the first time in 116 years (1997), China banned the practice of Falun Gong (1999), 12 people were killed and 58 wounded when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado (2012), and 19 soldiers and 6 rebels were killed in clashes between the Colombian army and guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC (2013). And 32 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked university students in Turkey’s Suruç district as they gave a press conference on rebuilding a war-torn town in Syria, on the same day the U.S. and Cuba resumed full diplomatic relations (2015).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology would crawl over broken glass to research this week’s Bippiescopes…

Cancer: Your intelligence and honesty are key this weekend. Oops, he meant he wouldn’t crawl over broken glass.

Leo: Love yourself and accept no less from friends this weekend. Besides, there is no broken glass.

Virgo: Self-discipline helps you be an effective leader this weekend. Ignore those sparkly, sharp shards.

Libra: Overcome your fears to take powerful action this weekend. Tweet disapproval of broken glass.

Scorpio: Follow your heart to avoid regret this weekend. But don’t actually do anything about broken glass.

Sagittarius: Transform your inner world to transform reality this weekend. The glass isn’t broken.

Capricorn: Do not confuse ego with intuition this weekend. It’s not even glass.

Aquarius: Update traditions with a modern spin this weekend. It’s alternative silicate.

Pisces: Recharge your emotional batteries this weekend. Put them in the not-glass that is not-broken.

Aries: Pressure creates diamonds this weekend. In fact, that’s what the not-glass really is!

Taurus: Don’t cling too tightly to people or possessions this weekend. Especially the not-glass possessions.

Gemini: Happiness lies in the quality and strength of connections this weekend. Like a broom and dustbin. Or a shop vac.


Yesterday on Campus

Campus QuestionGod-King made secret, verbal agreements with Putin in Helsinki; House Republicans refuse to renew election security funding. “If this is not treason, what is it?”

Today on Campus

YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with TEDx by Dominic D’Agostino: Starving Cancer
Campus Question at 6pm ET


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