TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, April 9, the 99th day of 2014 with 265 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:13 and sunset is @ 7:18. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn & Venus. The evening stars is Mars & Jupiter.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1682 – French explorer Robert La Salle reached the lower Mississippi River and claimed it and all lands that touched it for France.
1770 – English navigator James Cook became the first European to arrive in Botany
1833 – The nation’s first tax-supported public library was founded in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
1865 – Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, ending the Civil War.
1866 – The Civil Rights Bill of 1866 was passed by Congress over the veto of President Andrew Johnson, granting blacks the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
1869 – The Hudson Bay Company agreed to transfer its territory to Canada.
1939 – Singer Marian Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., after she was denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution because of her race.
1940 – During World War II, Nazi Germany invaded neutral Norway and also Denmark.
1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter,Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton.
1965 – The Houston Astrodome opened in Texas.
1970 – Paul McCartney announced the official breakup of the Beatles.
1991 – The parliament of Georgia voted to have independence from USSR.

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