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Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated by followers of Henry II, today (1170). Also, the British captured Savannah during the American War of Independence (1778), and burned Buffalo during the War of 1812 (1813), the Treaty of New Echota ceded all Cherokee lands east of the Mississippi to the U.S. (1835), Texas became our 28th state (1845), the first YMCA in the U.S. opened in Boston (1851), 92 people died when a railroad bridge over the Ashtabula River collapsed in Ohio (1876), 300 people died when the U.S. Army attacked the Lakota encampment at Wounded Knee (1890), Mongolia gained independence (1911), James Joyce’s first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, was published in serial form in The Egoist (1914), the Irish Free State left the British Commonwealth to become the Republic of Ireland (1939), Bridgeport, Connecticut’s KC2XAK became the first UHF station to broadcast on a daily schedule (1949), Richard Feynman gave his speech “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” regarded as the birth of nanotechnology, on the same day the Lisbon Metro opened (1959), 11 people were killed when a bomb exploded at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport (1967), a peace treaty ended the 36-year Guatemalan Civil War (1996), Hong Kong began to slaughter the island’s 1.25 million chickens to halt the spread of avian influenza (1997), Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the Cambodian genocide (1998), 291 people died as a fire swept through the Mesa Redonda shopping center in Lima, Peru (2001), the last known speaker of Akkala Sami died, leaving the language extinct (2003), Britain made the final payment on her post-World War II debt to the U.S. (2006), and 13 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck the a railway station in Volgograd, Russia (2013). And 12 people died when a fire swept through an apartment house in the Bronx (2017).


The Professor of Astrology Janitor was glad to see the end of 2018 while researching this week’s Bippiescopes…

Capricorn: Be kind as you share your feelings this weekend. This year sucked, putting it kindly.

Aquarius: Long-term focus turns mountains to molehills this weekend. Next year won’t be this year again.

Pisces: Listen to the messages from your body this weekend. They’re plotting the New Year’s morning hangover.

Aries: Avoid judging your success or failure this weekend. That’s what Twitter is for.

Taurus: Discern true needs from transient cravings this weekend. That last piece of pie, for example….

Gemini: Slow down to reduce errors and improve efficiency this weekend. Or hype autocorrect fixes them.

Cancer: External struggles mirror your internal conflicts this weekend. At least we know who to blame.

Leo: Your quest for harmony will bring peace this weekend. Your quest for melody, not so much.

Virgo: Plant the seeds for future action this weekend. In other words, procrastinate.

Libra: This weekend is a teaching moment from the universe. Yeah, sorry about that.

Scorpio: Focus on the mundane minutia of errands and chores this weekend. Again. Still.

Sagittarius: Clarify your personal mission statement this weekend. Start with: “Good riddance, 2018!”


Yesterday on Campus

Campus QuestionDo the God-King and his aides really believe a prolonged shutdown strengthens their hand?

Today on Campus

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