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Marcus Tullius Cicero was assassinated today (43 BCE). Also, religious unrest sparked the execution of 10 local Protestant leaders in Toruń, Poland (1724), London’s Royal Opera House opened (1736), Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution, earning her “First State” moniker (1787), Jesse James robbed his first bank (1869), Boston’s W1XAV ran the first TV commercial while broadcasting video from the CBS radio orchestra program The Fox Trappers (1930), Japanese naval planes struck Pearl Harbor within hours of Japanese army landings in Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and the Dutch East Indies (1941), 119 people died in Atlanta’s Winecoff Hotel Fire (1946), the government of the Republic of China moved to Taipei, Taiwan (1949), instant replay debuted during the Army–Navy football game (1963), after 911 years, Paul VI and Athenagoras I simultaneously revoked the mutual excommunications of Eastern and Roman Catholics, respectively (1965), the crew of Apollo 17 took The Blue Marble photo five minutes after their launch on the program’s final mission (1972), at least 25,000 people died as a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck near Spitak, Armenia, on the same day PLO leader Yasser Arafat recognized Israel’s right to exist (1988), 6 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on the Long Island Rail Road (1993), the Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter (1995), the Recording Industry Association of America sued Napster for copyright infringement (1999), an F2 tornado struck London’s Kensal Green, causing £10 million in damage but no deaths (2006), a barge crane struck the tanker Hebei Spirit, spilling almost 12,000 tons of oil into the harbor at Daesan, South Korea (2007), and 57 people died when Pakistan International Airline Flight PK661 crashed near Havelian in northern Pakistan (2016). And Australia’s parliament passed marriage equality (2017).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology set aside his Christmas list to research this week’s Bippiescopes…

Sagittarius: Make a list of what you want this weekend. Start with new coveralls.

Capricorn: Explore the hidden depths of your subconscious this weekend. In new work boots.

Aquarius: You may not get what you want this weekend. Shipping takes a few days.

Pisces: A quiet walk in the woods will refresh you this weekend. So will new socks.

Aries: Explore the logistics of your desires this weekend. Where will that new telescope fit?

Taurus: Let your wishes flow without rational restraint this weekend. The one with the buffer attachment.

Gemini: Define exactly what you want this weekend. Also, the handy lens cleaner cloth.

Cancer: Better safe than sorry this weekend. And the poker odds calculator add-on.

Leo: Shake off doubts to fuel your creativity this weekend. The blue one with the white stripes.

Virgo: Integrate past perspective to illuminate the present this weekend. Oh, and the Day-Glo lens cap.

Libra: A heaping cup of self-respect will improve your weekend. Also a cup holder attachment.

Scorpio: Letting go will set you free this weekend. So don’t bother with that wish list after all.


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