GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, May 17, the 137th day of 2017 with 228 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:20 and sunset is @ 8:00. 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: 1540 – Afghan chief Sher Khan defeated Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj. 

1630 – Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi saw the belts on Jupiter’s surface. 

1681 – Louis XIV sent an expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France. 

1756 – Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War. 

1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers. 

1814 – Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden. Norway’s constitution, which provided a limited monarchy, was signed. 

1875 – The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY. 

1877 – The first telephone switchboard burglar alarm was installed by Edwin T. Holmes. 

1881 – Frederick Douglass was appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, DC. 

1926 – The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires was damaged by bombs that were believed set by sympathizers of Sacco and Vanzetti. 

1932 – The U.S. Congress changed the name “Porto Rico” to “Puerto Rico.” 

1939 – The first fashion to be shown on television was broadcast in New York from the Ritz-Carleton Hotel. 

1940 – Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France. 

1946 – U.S. President Truman seized control of the nation’s railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen. 

1948 – The Soviet Union recognized the new state of Israel. 

1954 – The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal. 

1956 – The first synthetic mica (synthamica) was offered for sale in Caldwell Township, NJ. 

1973 – The U.S. Senate Watergate Committee began its hearings. 

1975 – NBC TV bought the rights to show “Gone With the Wind.” The one time rights cost NBC $5,000,000. 

1980 – Rioting erupted in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie. Eight people were killed in the rioting. 

1985 – Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of “Dallas” on CBS-TV. He returned the following season. 

1987 – Eric ‘Sleepy’ Floyd of the Golden State Warriors set a playoff record for points in a single quarter with 29. 

1987 – An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Iraq and the United States called the attack a mistake. 

1990 – Kelsey Grammer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for DWI. 

1996 – U.S. President Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. Megan’s Law was named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994. 

1997 – Rebel leader Kabila declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire. 

1997 – Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin were married in London. 

1998 – New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseballhistory to throw a perfect game. 

1999 – Eric Ford, a tabloid photographer, was sentenced to 6 months at a halfway house, 3 years probation and 150 hours of community service. The sentence stemmed from a charge that Ford had eavesdropped on a call between Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and then sold a recording of the conversation. 

1999 – Alex Trebek received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

2000 – Thomas E. Blanton Jr. and David Luker surrendered to police in Birmingham, AL. The two former Ku Klux Klan members were arrested on charges from the bombing of a church in 1963 that killed four young black girls. 

2000 – Austria, the U.S. and six other countries agreed on the broad outline of a plan that would compensate Nazi-Era forced labor. 

2000 – It was announced that Terra Networks SA and Lycos would be merging with the new name to be Terra Lycos. Terra made the deal happen with the purchase of $12.5 billion in stock. 

2001 – The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp based on Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip. 

2002 – Legoland Deutschland opened in Günzburg, Germany. 

2006 – The U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach. It was the first vessel sunk under a Navy program to dispose of old warships by turning them into diving attractions. It was the largest man-made reef at the time of the sinking. 

2007 – Trains crossed the border dividing North and South Korea for the first time since 1953.

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