GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, April 13, the 103rd day of 2014 with 261 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:07 and sunset is @ 7:22. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn & Venus. The evening stars are Mars & Jupiter.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1598 – Henry IV of France issued the Edict of Nantes, giving religious freedom to the Huguenots.
1796 – The first elephant was brought to the United States.
1870 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New York City.
1919 – British forces killed hundreds of Indian nationalists in the Amritsar Massacre.
1923 – The Illinois state legislature was the first to vote to allow women to serve on juries.
1941 – During World War II, the Soviet Union and Japan signed a five-year neutrality agreement. In early 1945, Joseph Stalin, at the urging of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, agreed to declare war against Japan within three months of Germany’s defeat.
1943 – President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.
1964 – Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for “Lilies of the Field.”
1970 – Apollo 13, very close to its destination, the Moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. The rest of the trip was spent getting the astronauts safely back to Earth.
1992 – The Great Chicago Flood took place as the city’s century-old tunnel system and adjacent basements filled with water from the Chicago River.
1997 – In his first year as a professional golfer, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first player of African heritage to claim a major golf title.