Good Morning Today Is by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, April 26, the 116th day of 2014 with 248 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:47 and sunset is @ 7:37. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn & Venus. The evening stars are Mars & Jupiter.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1514 – Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn.

1607 – A group of English colonists, including Captain John Smith, went ashore at Cape Henry, Virginia, to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

1921 – Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio, WEW in St. Louis, Missouri.

1937 – During the Spanish Civil War, German planes attacked the sleeping town of Guernica in Northern Spain. This intervention by Nazi Germany in the Spanish Civil War has been described as practice for World War II.

1941 – The first organ was played at a baseball stadium, in Chicago.

1964 – The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania. Pemba also became part of Tanzania.

1968 – The largest underground nuclear device ever to be tested in the U.S. was exploded in Nevada.

1986 – The worst nuclear power plant accident in history occurred when an explosion and fire at Chernobyl in the Soviet Union killed 32 people and sent radioactivity into the atmosphere.

1992 – Worshippers celebrated Russian Orthodox Easter for the first time in 74 years in Moscow.

1994 – More than 22 million South Africans turned out to cast ballots in the country’s first multiracial parliamentary elections, choosing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela to head a new coalition government.

2000 – Vermont governor Howard Dean signed the nation’s first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.

2005 – Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troops from Lebanon, ending its 29-year military occupation.

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