GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, April 07, the 97th day of 2017 with 268 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:16 and sunset is @ 7:15. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1712 – A slave revolt broke out in New York City. 

1798 – The territory of Mississippi was organized. 

1862 – Union General Ulysses S. Grant defeated Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh, TN. 

1864 – The first camel race in America was held in Sacramento, California. 

1888 – P.F. Collier published a weekly periodical for the first time under the name “Collier’s.” 

1922 – U.S. Secretary of Interior leased Teapot Dome naval oil reserves in Wyoming. 

1927 – The first long-distance TV transmission was sent from Washington, DC, to New York City. The audience saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover. 

1930 – The first steel columns were set for the Empire State Building. 

1933 – Prohibition ended in the United States. 

1940 – Booker T. Washington became the first black to be pictured on a U.S. postage stamp. 

1943 – British and American armies linked up between Wadi Akarit and El Guettar in North Africa to form a solid line against the German army. 

1945 – The Japanese battleship Yamato, the world’s largest battleship, was sunk during the battle for Okinawa. The fleet was headed for a suicide mission. 

1948 – The musical “South Pacific” by Rogers and Hammerstein debuted on Broadway. 

1948 – The United Nations’ World Health Organization began operations. 

1953 – The Big Four met for the first time in 2 years to seek an end to their air conflicts. 

1953 – IBM unveiled the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. It was IBM’s first commercially available scientific computer. 

1957 – The last of New York City’s electric trolleys completed its final run from Queens to Manhattan. 

1963 – At the age of 23, Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Green Jacket at the Masters Tournament. 

1963 – Yugoslavia proclaimed itself a Socialist republic. 

1963 – Josip Broz Tito was proclaimed to be the leader of Yugoslavia for life. 

1966 – The U.S. recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of Spain. 

1967 – Israel reported that they had shot down six Syrian MIGs. 

1969 – The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material. 

1970 – John Wayne won his first and only Oscar for his role in “True Grit.” He had been in over 200 films. 

1971 – U.S. President Nixon pledged to withdraw 100,000 more men from Vietnam by December. 

1980 – The U.S. broke diplomatic relations with Iran and imposed economic sanctions in response to the taking of hostages on November 4, 1979. 

1983 – Specialist Story Musgrave and Don Peterson made the first Space Shuttle spacewalk. 

1983 – The Chinese government canceled all remaining sports and cultural exchanges with the U.S. for 1983. 

1985 – In Goteborg, Sweden, China swept all of the world table tennis titles except for men’s doubles. 

1985 – In Sudan, Gen. Swar el-Dahab took over the Presidency while President Gaafar el-Nimeiry was visiting the U.S. and Egypt. 

1985 – The Soviet Union announced a unilateral freeze on medium-range nuclear missiles. 

1987 – In Oklahoma a 16-month-old baby was killed by a pit bull. On the same day a 67-year-old man was killed by another pit bull in Dayton, OH. 

1988 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to final terms of a Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. Soviet troops began leaving on May 16, 1988. 

1988 – In Fort Smith, AR, 13 white supremacists were acquitted on charges for plotting to overthrow the U.S.federal government. 

1989 – A Soviet submarine carrying nuclear weapons sank in the Norwegian Sea. 

1990 – In the U.S., John Poindexter was found guilty of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. The convictions were later reversed on appeal. 

1990 – At Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center a display of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs went on display. On the same day the center and its director were indicted on obscenity charges. The charges resulted in acquittal. 

1994 – Civil war erupted in Rwanda between the Patriotic Front rebel group and government soldiers. Hundreds of thousands were slaughtered in the months that followed. 

1998 – Mary Bono, the widow of Sonny Bono, won a special election to serve out the remainder of her husband’s congressional term. 

1999 – Yugoslav authorities sealed off Kosovo’s main border crossings to prevent ethnic Albanians from leaving.

2000 – U.S. President Clinton signed the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act of 2000. The bill reversed a Depression-era law and allows senior citizens to earn money without losing Social Security retirement benefits. 

2002 – The Roman Catholic archdiocese announced that six priests from the Archdiocese of New York were suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct. 

2006 – The Boeing X-37 conducted its first flight as a test drop at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. 

2009 – Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces. 

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