GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, May 16, the 136th day of 2017 with 229 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:21 and sunset is @ 7:59. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1770 – Marie Antoinette, at age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15. 

1866 – The U.S. Congress authorized the first 5-cent piece to be minted. 

1868 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment, by one vote. 

1879 – The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England set up the Afghan state. 

1881 – In Germany, the first electric tram for the public started service. 

1888 – The first demonstration of recording on a flat disc was demonstrated by Emile Berliner. 

1888 – The capitol of Texas was dedicated in Austin. 

1910 – The U.S. Bureau of Mines was authorized by the U.S. Congress. 

1914 – The American Horseshoe Pitchers Association (AHPA) was formed in Kansas City, Kansas. 

1920 – Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome. 

1929 – The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood. 

1939 – The Philadelphia Athletics and the Cleveland Indians met at Shibe Park in Philadelphia for the first baseball game to be played under the lights in the American League. 

1946 – “Annie Get Your Gun” opened on Broadway. 

1946 – Jack Mullin showed the world the first magnetic tape recorder. 

1948 – The body of CBS News correspondent George Polk was found in Solonika Bay in Greece. It had been a week after he’d disappeared. 

1960 – A Big Four summit in Paris collapsed due to the American U-2 spy plane incident. 

1960 – Theodore Maiman, at Hughes Research Laboratory in California, demonstrated the first working laser. 

1963 – After 22 Earth orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending Project Mercury. 

1965 – Spaghetti-O’s were sold for the first time. 

1969 – Venus 5, a Russian spacecraft, landed on the planet Venus. 

1971 – U.S. postage for a one-ounce first class stamp was increased from 6 to 8 cents. 

1975 – Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 

1977 – Five people were killed when a New York Airways helicopter, idling on top of the Pan Am Building in Manhattan, toppled over, sending a huge rotor blade flying. 

1985 – Michael Jordan was named Rookie of the Year in the NBA. 

1987 – The Bobro 400 set sail from New York Harbor with 3,200 tons of garbage. The barge travelled 6,000 miles in search of a place to dump its load. It returned to New York Harbor after 8 weeks with the same load. 

1988 – A report released by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop declared that nicotine was addictive in similar was as heroin and cocaine. 

1988 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage. 

1991 – Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress. 

1992 – The Endeavour space shuttle landed safely after its maiden voyage. 

1996 – Admiral Jeremy “Mike” Boorda, the nation’s top Navy officer, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after some of his military awards were called into question. 

1997 – In Zaire, President Mobutu Sese Seko gave control of the country to rebel forces ending 32 years of autocratic rule. 

2000 – U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated to run for U.S. Senator in New York. She was the first U.S. first lady to run for public office. 

2003 – Adam Rich was placed on three years probation after he pled no contest to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was also ordered to take part ina 60-day treatment program and pay about $1,200 in fines. 

2005 – Sony Corp. unveiled three styles of its new PlayStation 3 video game machine.

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