GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, May 09, the 129th day of 2017 with 236 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:28 and sunset is @ 7:51. 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: 1429 – Joan of Arc defeated the besieging English at Orleans. 

1502 – Christopher Columbus left Spain for his final trip to the Western Hemisphere. 

1671 – Thomas “Captain” Blood stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London. 

1754 – The first newspaper cartoon in America showed a divided snake “Join or die” in “The Pennsylvania Gazette.” 

1785 – Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle. 

1825 – The Chatham Theatre opened in New York City. It was the first gas-lit theater in America. 

1901 – In Australia, the Duke of Cornwall and York declared the First Commonwealth Parliament open. 

1904 – The Great Western Railway Number 3440 City of Truro became the first railway locomotive to exceed 100 miles per hour. 

1915 – German and French forces fought the Battle of Artois. 

1926 – Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole. 

1930 – A starting gate was used to start a Triple Crown race for the first time. 

1936 – Fascist Italy took Addis Abba and annexed Ethiopia. 

1936 – The first sheet of postage stamps of more than one variety went on sale in New York City. 

1940 – Vivien Leigh debuted in America on stage in “Romeo and Juliet” with Lawrence Olivier. 

1941 – The German submarine U-110 was captured at sea by Britain’s Royal navy. 

1945 – U.S. officials announced that the midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately. 

1946 – King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy abdicated and was replaced by Umberto. 

1955 – West Germany joined NATO. 

1958 – Richard Burton made his network television debut in the presentation of “Wuthering Heights” on CBS-TV. 

1960 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time. 

1961 – Jim Gentile (Baltimore Orioles) set a major league baseball record when he hit a grand slam home run in two consecutive innings. The game was against the Minnesota Twins. 

1962 – A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time. 

1974 – The House Judiciary Committee began formal hearings on the Nixon impeachment. 

1978 – The bullet-riddled body of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was found in an automobile in the center of Rome. The Red Brigades had abducted him. 

1980 – A Liberian freighter hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida. 35 motorists were killed and a 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapsed. 

1987 – Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers were married. 

1994 – Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa’s first black president. 

1996 – In video testimony to a courtroom in Little Rock, AR, U.S. President Clinton insisted that he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan in the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners. 

2002 – In Bethlehem, West Bank, a deal was reached that would end the 38-day standoff at the Church of the Nativity. Thirteen suspected militants were to be deported to several different countries. The standoff had begun on April 2, 2002. 

2002 – In Kaspiisk, Russia, 39 people were killed and at least 130 were injurde when a remote-controlled bomb exploded during a holiday parade. 

2002 – In Bahrain, people were allowed to vote for representatives for the first time in nearly 30 years. Women were allowed to vote for the first time in the country’s history.

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