In a negotiation today, try to take the other person more seriously than you usually do. This person's gentle demeanor has led you to believe that he or she is something of a pushover. But has it ever occurred to you that there is an iron fist inside that velvet glove? Take everyone seriously, and make sure you know whom you're dealing with. Today you would be wise to treat everyone respectfully -- even people who seem frivolous or foolish.
Taurus - April 20 - May 20
Are you feeling a bit out of the mainstream right now? It's good to spend plenty of time doing your own thing -- it enables you to polish up your unique personality. But from time to time, it can feel very rewarding to be a part of a bigger group of people (and know all their in-jokes!). So today, explore the aspect of current pop culture that you are most interested in -- and find out what the rest of the crowd is talking about.
Gemini - May 21 - June 21
In a group situation today, you can ensure clear, concise communication and help everyone feel heard and valued -- if you take on the role of group leader. Encourage everyone to talk slowly and to listen to one another. Above all, try to keep interruptions to a minimum. Time is very valuable right now -- there's none to waste. So the sooner you step up and tell people what to do, the sooner these issues will be settled.
Cancer - June 22 - July 22
Is there even such a thing as domestic bliss? Why waste time trying to figure it out -- the only thing that truly matters is that you are happy today. Do not try for perfection -- there is no such thing. It's important to ponder the concerns you may be having about your family, but don't worry that something is terribly wrong. Life is a series of phases -- and you are going through a tumultuous one, as far as your home life is concerned. Don't worry; it will be over soon.
Leo - July 23 - August 22
The bizarre comments and off-the-wall antics of a friend could make for a lot of fun today. It's a good day to loosen up your self-imposed rules about decorum. No one is watching you to see whether you make any mistakes! Your creativity is bursting out of you so strongly that you don't have time to listen to rules or obey guidelines. Let it run free just this once, and it will lead you to some amazing people and places!
Virgo - August 23 - September 22
Not every encounter can create a deep and meaningful connection, so if you have a blind date planned, don't put too much pressure on finding a true love match right off the bat. You can always rely on your good friends for the emotional connections you need, and one of them needs to connect with you soon. Put out your feelers, and you will immediately know that something is up with one of your people. Make time today to listen to this pal and lend a hand if necessary.
Libra - September 23 - October 22
If you're in a flirtatious mood today, feel free to run with it -- just have some fun! The stars are sending you a little bit of extra sass that will not only make your day more fun but also spread some joy in other people's lives. Work this flirtatious mood for all you're worth, and be open to where a silly, sweet conversation can take you. Strangers and friends alike will enjoy the attention. (Of course, you should still be mindful of other people's boundaries and personal space!)
Scorpio - October 23 - November 21
Everything about this day will be nice and easy, from your ability to communicate (with strangers, friends and authority figures alike) to your mood. Don't be surprised if you plow through your to-do list by lunchtime -- if that happens, you should make yourself available to help people who might not be finding this day as effortless as you are. Lending a hand will make you feel valued, so it's an excellent use of your free time.
Sagittarius - November 22-December 21
There are certain laws of the universe that must be obeyed, and one of them is that anything worth having is worth working for. So if one of your relationships is suffering because one person isn't making enough time for the other, it's time to talk about who's working -- and who isn't. No matter which person you are in this scenario, you must be totally honest about what you're willing to give and willing to take. This could be an important turning point for the two of you.
Capricorn - December 22 - January 19
You've been tolerating a friend's detached behavior -- but recently, this behavior has become quite confusing (if not downright annoying). If it feels as though you are always the one making the phone calls, making the plans, and putting all the effort into maintaining the relationship, it may be time to take a step back. This friend may not be aware of how much work you're doing, and may come around if you take a stronger stance.
Aquarius - January 20 - February 18
You won't learn anything new by having the same conversations with the same people again and again. It's time to expand your circle of conversational partners and try to connect with someone you normally wouldn't even notice. Reach out to a shy person and try to draw her or him out. In the process, you will learn a lot about your expectations -- and how they might be difficult for some people to meet. Understand that not everyone has the same opinions that you do.
Pisces - February 19 - March 20
Two of your friends are sending you contradictory messages about each other, and it could be tough to figure out just who's telling the truth. Balancing friendships is part of life, but there is no rule saying that you need to value one friend more than another. Take note if someone is testing your allegiance -- let this person know that your friendship is not something that is so easily influenced. Friendship is a two-way street, and you choose whether to go down it.
A Romanian has named his daughter SLK after the "expensive and beautiful" Mercedes model. Birth registry officials tried to make him change his mind but the father insisted, saying that if the baby had been a boy he would have named him BMW.
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1442: Edward IV, english king
1758: James Monroe, American president
1878: Lionel Barrymore, American actor
1906: Kurt Gödel, czech mathematician
1926: Harper Lee, American author
1941: Ann Margret, Swedish actress
1945: Bernito Mussolini, Italian fascist leader
1991: Ken Curtis, American actor
1788: Maryland becomes the 7th state to ratify the constitution
1789: Mutiny on the Bounty
1855: First veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston
1945: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini shot by Italian partisans
1952: The United States end their occupation of Japan.
1969: General de Gaulle resigns as President of France
2001: Dennis Tito, a millionaire, becomes the first space tourist.