GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, May 02, the 122nd day of 2017 with 243 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:37 and sunset is @ 7:44. 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: 1670 – The Hudson Bay Company was founded by England’s King Charles II. 

1776 – France and Spain agreed to donate arms to American rebels fighting the British. 

1797 – A mutiny in the British navy spread from Spithead to the rest of the fleet. 

1798 – The black General Toussaint L’ouverture forced British troops to agree to evacuate the port of Santo Domingo. 

1808 – The citizens of Madrid rose up against Napoleon. 

1813 – Napoleon defeated a Russian and Prussian army at Grossgorschen. 

1853 – Franconi’s Hippodrome opened at Broadway and 23rd Street in New York City. 

1863 – Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was wounded by his own men in the battle of Chancellorsville, VA. He died 8 days later. 

1865 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson offered $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 

1885 – The Congo Free State was established by King Leopold II of Belgium. 

1885 – The magazine “Good Housekeeping” was first published. 

1887 – Hannibal W. Goodwin applied for a patent on celluloid photographic film. This is the film from which movies are shown. 

1890 – The Oklahoma Territory was organized. 

1902 – “A Trip to the Moon,” the first science fiction film was released. It was created by magician George Melies. 

1922 – WBAP-AM began broadcasting in north Texas. 

1926 – In India, Hindu women gained the right to seek elected office. 

1926 – U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to put down a revolt and to protect U.S. interests. They did not depart until 1933. 

1932 – Jack Benny’s first radio show debuted on NBC Radio. 

1933 – Hitler banned trade unions in Germany. 

1939 – Lou Gehrig set a new major league baseball record when he played in his 2,130th game. The streak began on June 1, 1925. 

1941 – Hostilities broke out between British forces in Iraq and that country’s pro-German faction. 

1941 – The Federal Communications Commission agreed to let regular scheduling of TV broadcasts by commercial TV stations begin on July 1, 1941. This was the start of network television. 

1945 – Russians took Berlin after 12 days of fierce house-to-house fighting. The Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria. 

1946 – Prisoners revolted at California’s Alcatraz prison. 

1954 – Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals set a new major league record when he hit 5 home runs against the New York Giants. 

1960 – Caryl Chessman was executed. He was a convicted sex offender and had become a best selling author while on death row. 

1965 – The “Early Bird” satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic. 

1969 – The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) made its maiden voyage. 

1970 – Student anti-war protesters at Ohio’s Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard took control of the campus. 

1974 – Former U.S. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals. 

1974 – The filming of “Jaws” began in Martha’s Vineyard, MA. 

1982 – The British submarine HMS Conqueror sank Argentina’s only cruiser, the General Belgrano during the Falkland Islands War. More than 350 people died. 

1993 – At Washington’s National Gallery of Art, an exhibit of 80 paintings from the collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes opened. 

1993 – Authorities said that they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, TX. 

1994 – Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa’s first democratic elections. 

1999 – In Panama, Mireya Moscoso de Grubar, of the Armulfista Party, was elected president. 

2002 – It was reported that Phyllis Diller had retired from touring.

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