GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, May 04, the 124th day of 2017 with 241 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:35 and sunset is @ 7:46. 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: 1471 – In England, the Yorkists defeated the Landcastrians at the battle of Tewkesbury in the War of the Roses. 

1493 – Alexander VI divided non-Christian world between Spain and Portugal. 

1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on Manhattan Island. Native Americans later sold the island (20,000 acres) for $24 in cloth and buttons. 

1715 – A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella. 

1776 – Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted. 

1814 – Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean. 

1863 – The Battle of Chancellorsville ended when the Union Army retreated. 

1886 – A bomb exploded on the fourth day of a workers’ strike in Chicago, IL. Eight people died in the violence during violence that day. 

1886 – Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone. It was the first practical phonograph. 

1904 – The U.S. formally took control of the property for construction of the Panama Canal. 

1905 – Belmont Park opened in suburban Long Island. It opened as the largest race track in the world. 

1916 – Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare after a demand from U.S. President Wilson. 

1942 – The Battle of the Coral Sea commenced as American and Japanese carriers launched their attacks at each other. 

1942 – The United States began food rationing. 

1954 – The first intercollegiate court tennis match was played in the U.S. It was between Yale and Princeton. 

1961 – Thirteen civil rights activists, dubbed “Freedom Riders,” began a bus trip through the South. 

1964 – “Another World” premiered on NBC-TV. 

1970 – The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded. 

1979 – Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister. 

1981 – The Federal Reserve Board raised its discount rate to 14%. 

1987 – Live models were used for the first time in Playtex bra ads. 

1987 – The First Bank of the United States was listed as a National Historic Landmark. 

1994 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho. 

2000 – The citizens of London elected their mayor for the first time. 

2003 – Idaho Gem was born. He was the first member of the horse family to be cloned. 

2010 – Pablo Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” sold for $106.5 million. 

2012 – In Las Vegas, NV, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.

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