Horoscope - August 18, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re not interested in being a decent communicator or an adequate leader. You want to be great. That’s why you’ll work out the solutions before you point out the problem. What use is complaining if you can’t make it better?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The research suggests that for many people, talking about themselves can be more rewarding than food or money. Giving someone the opportunity to do this is thereby a very valuable gift.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When you feel a little blue, you’re apt to behave in ways to reinforce the mood. It’s why having a reason to fake happiness – such as to interact with children, strangers or your boss – can be a passageway to real happiness.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’re trying to keep it classy. You behave as though your every moment were going to be broadcast to the people you most want to impress. It will help to remember who those people are and keep them in mind through your day.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ve a ritualistic approach to things about your life that don’t really require such care. It’s working for you. So don’t skip steps, and don’t change details or the order. Rituals give things meaning and make them interesting, and they have a habit-forming potential.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll be the most disciplined and mentally sharp within the first four hours after waking. Take advantage of this by getting the hard work done and over with. By lunch, you’ll already be ahead of the game.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Sleep is a process based on phases. It doesn’t work right if the phases are interrupted. In that case you have to go back to the beginning and start all over. Work is the same. Shield against interruptions, as there will be many today.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). No matter how hard you look, the workings of the heart can never be fully seen or understood. Anyway, some things are best approached with the cursory attention that keeps daily life moving along. Ruminate at a later date.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll be in a position to be rated, judged, critiqued or followed. Your audience will be skeptical, and you can win them over with your delivery of information you know to be true. They’ll feel your integrity.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your original plan won’t seem nearly as exciting once you realize that other people are out in the big, wide world having some fun. Review your priorities so that whatever you decide, you can do it consciously and feel good about it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Whatever you get into today (work, relationships, projects) leave yourself an out. That’s only smart. As things develop, so will your feelings, and right now you don’t know how you’ll feel about it next week.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Entitlement is a contagious disease. One person decides “I deserve this!‘’ and the next gets the bug: “Well if he deserves it then maybe I deserve that and more.‘’ Choose your company carefully. Prize humility and modesty.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 18). Your commitments follow a natural course; they ripen and fall from the vine. This frees up your time. You’ll get a thrill from learning. Each skill you acquire in 2018 will double your odds of being successful. To you this is about much more than money, but you’ll love the extra cash anyway, and you’ll buy something big in June. Libra and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 3, 24, 39 and 45.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: The moon and sun in Leo this weekend will culminate in the most notable astronomical event of recent years, Monday’s totality tour of 2017. The double Leo aspect turns a strobe light on couples of this combo. Two Leos can be a lot of ego for one relationship. But this sign also rules the heart, entertainment and creativity. It’s among the most dramatic and exciting fire sign pairings.

Today in History: August 18, 2017

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Today is Friday, August 18, the 230th day of 2017. There are 135 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina. (However, the Roanoke colony ended up mysteriously disappearing.)

On this date:

In 1838, the first marine expedition sponsored by the U.S. government set sail from Hampton Roads, Virginia; the crews traveled the southern Pacific Ocean, gathering scientific information.

In 1846, during the Mexican-American War, U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearny occupied Santa Fe in present-day New Mexico.

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.

In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women’s right to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.

In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada.

In 1954, during the Eisenhower administration, Assistant Secretary of Labor James Ernest Wilkins became the first black official to attend a meeting of the president’s Cabinet as he sat in for Labor Secretary James P. Mitchell.

In 1963, James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York, wound to a close after three nights with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix.

In 1976, two U.S. Army officers were killed in Korea’s demilitarized zone as a group of North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attacked U.S. and South Korean soldiers.

In 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 21 dead and causing more than a billion dollars’ worth of damage. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees, 5-4, in the completion of the “pine-tar” game in just 12 minutes.

In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the presidential nomination of the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.

In 1997, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the nation’s largest Lutheran body, voted for closer ties with three other major Protestant denominations: the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and the Reformed Church in America.

Ten years ago: Alarmed tourists jammed Caribbean airports for flights out of Hurricane Dean’s path as the monster storm began sweeping past the Dominican Republic and Haiti. NASA, meanwhile, ordered space shuttle Endeavour back to Earth a day early out of fear Dean might disrupt flight operations. A seven-alarm fire ripped through an abandoned skyscraper next to ground zero in Lower Manhattan, killing two firefighters who responded to the blaze. Michael K. Deaver, a close adviser to President Ronald Reagan, died in Bethesda, Maryland, at age 69.

Five years ago: Tropical Storm Helene quickly weakened into a tropical depression after moving ashore on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. Diana Nyad launched her latest attempt to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a wetsuit or a shark cage (she ended her bid three days later). Singer Scott McKenzie, 73, who performed “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),“ died in Los Angeles.

One year ago: For the first time since declaring his presidential run, Republican Donald Trump offered an apology to those who might have been hurt by his caustic comments, saying he regretted some of what he had said “in the heat of debate.“ Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced by a federal judge in New Orleans to more than 18 years in prison for drugging women in order to rape them – double the sentence recommended by prosecutors. At the Rio Games, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt completed an unprecedented third consecutive sweep of the 100- and 200-meter sprints. Retired Army Gen. John W. Vessey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died in North Oaks, Minnesota, at age 94.

Today’s Birthdays: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 90. Movie director Roman Polanski is 84. Olympic gold medal decathlete Rafer Johnson is 82. Actor-director Robert Redford is 81. Actor Henry G. Sanders is 75. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sarah Dash (LaBelle) is 72. Rock musician Dennis Elliott is 67. Country singer Jamie O’Hara is 67. Comedian Elayne Boosler is 65. Country singer Steve Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 62. Actor Denis Leary is 60. Actor Reg E. Cathey is 59. Actress Madeleine Stowe is 59. Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is 56. ABC News reporter Bob Woodruff is 56. The former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, is 55. Bluegrass musician Jimmy Mattingly is 55. Actor Adam Storke is 55. Actor Craig Bierko is 53. Rock singer-musician Zac Maloy (The Nixons) is 49. Rock singer and hip-hop artist Everlast is 48. Rapper Masta Killa (Wu-Tang Clan) is 48. Actor Christian Slater is 48. Actor Edward Norton is 48. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 47. Actress Kaitlin Olson is 42. Actor-writer-director Hadjii is 41. Rock musician Dirk Lance is 41. Actor-comedian Andy Samberg (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 39. Country musician Brad Tursi (Old Dominion) is 38. Actress Mika Boorem is 30. Actress Maia Mitchell is 24. Actress Parker McKenna Posey is 22.

Thought for Today: “That is one of the bitter curses of poverty; it leaves no right to be generous.“ — George Gissing, English author and critic (1857-1903).

Horoscope - August 17, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Unless this story is a melodrama, the hero won’t be the seemingly perfect character who always does what’s right, and the villain won’t be sheer evil, either. The hero is flawed but bold. The villain is well-meaning but ill-advised.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your needs, wants and future projections are changing. Don’t be intimidated by accounting! You’re probably doing fine, but you won’t really know until you shore up the short-term gains against the long-term costs.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The mind at work won’t be a tight essay or neat math problem; rather, it will resemble a rambling, shapeless amoeba gaining organization as it finds the direction of growth. In other words, be patient. The ideas are still forming.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are certain qualities that are more universally attractive than others. Still, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to love. Generic attributes aside, affinity will be created through your individual intelligence and sparkle.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). On your way to fun and success you’ll blow past obstacles that used to stop you. Maturity is realizing that most inconveniences are not catastrophes and unfortunate events don’t define you or automatically dictate your mood.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Growth is uncomfortable. It entails understanding what you couldn’t conceive, feeling what you’ve never felt, doing what you haven’t done. Be patient in these early stages. Maybe this whole lifetime is just one long early stage.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). No one gets into the boxing ring without getting punched. No one gets into pool without getting wet. The correct time to be aware of the tone of a place and the game that’s being played there is before entering.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When dealing with yourself, try and provide the same atmosphere of warmth you so hospitably use in your approach to others. It will make change less scary. The change most needed is small, specific and personal.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re large and in charge sitting at the royal throne of your life, and yet you realize, as most rulers do, much that happens in your kingdom is beyond your control. Calmly handle what can be handled.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There’s an art to giving and receiving. Wasted is the opportunity given to one who is ignorant of its significance. If you’re going to ask for more of anything today, ask for more wisdom. You just might get more happiness, too.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Professionals see rejection as inevitable. Superstars see rejection as a skill. When you’re good at rejection you learn more, take the idea to more people, pitch more and ultimately succeed more.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Like most people, most of the time you’re the one on your mind. Hey, taking care of your own needs and happiness serves all. That said, the hours you spend focusing on someone else’s enjoyment will be the best of the day.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 17). Truly your life is becoming more beautiful. Social stars are rising. Love is at the helm. You’ll invite people to visit your work and living space, which will inspire new designs and systems. November brings promotion. You’ll spend on yourself in 2018 (without guilt!) and the investment pays in unexpected ways. Taurus and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 18, 44, 9 and 12.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Widely considered to be the greatest actor of his time, Robert De Niro mixes fire-sign passion with a workman approach to his craft. The Leo master was born under an artistic Pisces moon and has natal Mercury and Venus in Virgo, the sign of industriousness and growth. This fall De Niro will go to war with his grandchild over a shared bedroom in the family comedy “The War With Grandpa.‘’

Today in History: August 17, 2017

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Today is Thursday, August 17, the 229th day of 2017. There are 136 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 17, 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip between New York and Albany.

On this date:

In 1863, Federal batteries and ships began bombarding Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor during the Civil War, but the Confederates managed to hold on despite several days of pounding.

In 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Georgia, lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment. (Frank, who’d maintained his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.)

In 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily during World War II was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.

In 1945, Indonesian nationalists declared their independence from the Netherlands. The George Orwell novel “Animal Farm,“ an allegorical satire of Soviet Communism, was first published in London by Martin Secker & Warburg.

In 1962, East German border guards shot and killed 18-year-old Peter Fechter, who had attempted to cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector.

In 1969, Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast as a Category 5 storm that was blamed for 256 U.S. deaths, three in Cuba.

In 1978, the first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight ended as Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman landed their Double Eagle II outside Paris.

In 1982, the first commercially produced compact discs, a recording of ABBA’s “The Visitors,“ were pressed at a Philips factory near Hanover, West Germany.

In 1985, more than 1,400 meatpackers walked off the job at the Geo. A. Hormel and Co.‘s main plant in Austin, Minnesota, in a bitter strike that lasted just over a year.

In 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died at Spandau Prison at age 93, an apparent suicide. The musical drama “Dirty Dancing,“ starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, premiered in New York.

In 1996, the Reform Party announced Ross Perot had been selected to be its first-ever presidential nominee, opting for the third-party’s founder over challenger Richard Lamm.

In 1999, more than 17,000 people were killed when a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Turkey.

Ten years ago: Hurricane Dean roared into the eastern Caribbean, tearing away roofs, flooding streets and causing at least three deaths on small islands as the powerful storm headed on a collision course with Jamaica and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Five years ago: In Moscow, a judge sentenced three punk rock-style activists, members of the band ##### Riot, to two years in prison for hooliganism for briefly taking over a cathedral in a raucous prayer for deliverance from Russian President Vladimir Putin; the court decision drew protests around the world. (One of the three defendants was later released on probation; the other two were released several months short of their two-year sentence in December 2013.)

One year ago: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced a shake-up of his campaign leadership, naming Stephen Bannon of the conservative Breitbart News website as chief executive officer and promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager. Caster Semenya of South Africa made her debut at the Rio Olympics amid questions about how track and field can deal with hyperandrogenic women; Semenya qualified for the 800 semifinals, an event she won three days later. Movie director Arthur Hiller (“Love Story”) died in Los Angeles at age 92.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin is 91. Author V.S. Naipaul is 85. Former MLB All-Star Boog Powell is 76. Actor Robert DeNiro is 74. Movie director Martha Coolidge is 71. Rock musician Gary Talley (The Box Tops) is 70. Actor-screenwriter-producer Julian Fellowes is 68. Actor Robert Joy is 66. International Tennis Hall of Famer Guillermo Vilas is 65. Rock singer Kevin Rowland (Dexy’s Midnight Runners) is 64. Rock musician Colin Moulding (XTC) is 62. Country singer-songwriter Kevin Welch is 62. Olympic gold medal figure skater Robin Cousins is 60. Singer Belinda Carlisle is 59. Author Jonathan Franzen is 58. Actor Sean Penn is 57. Jazz musician Everette Harp is 56. Rock musician Gilby Clarke is 55. Singer Maria McKee is 53. Rock musician Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes) is 52. Rock musician Jill Cunniff is 51. Actor David Conrad is 50. Actress Helen McCrory is 49. Singer Donnie Wahlberg is 48. College Basketball Hall of Famer and retired NBA All-Star Christian Laettner is 48. Rapper Posdnuos is 48. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier is 47. Retired MLB All-Star Jorge Posada is 46. TV personality Giuliana Rancic is 43. Actor Mark Salling is 35. Actor Bryton James is 31. Actor Brady Corbet is 29. Actress Taissa Farmiga is 23. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Gracie Gold is 22.

Thought for Today: “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.“ — Edith Wharton, American author (1862-1937).

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