GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, April 28, the 118th day of 2014 with 246 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:44 and sunset is @ 7:39. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn & Venus. The evening stars are Mars & Jupiter.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1788 – Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America.
1789 – The mutiny on the HMS Bounty occurred, as Fletcher Christian and the crew of the British ship set Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a small open boat in the South Pacific.
1896 – The Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan of Sioux City, Iowa.
1919 – The League of Nations was founded.
1932 – A vaccine against yellow fever was announced.
1945 – Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed as they attempted to flee the country.
1947 – Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and five others set out in a balsa wood craft known as Kon Tiki to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia.
1952 – The war with Japan officially ended as a treaty that had been signed by the United States and 47 other nations took effect.
1967 – Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was stripped of his boxing title.
1969 – French President Charles de Gaulle resigned.
1987 – For the first time, a compact disc of an album was released before its vinyl counterpart: “The Art of Excellence” by Tony Bennett.
1989 – The Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed.
1990 – The musical “A Chorus Line” closed after 6137 performances on Broadway.
1994 – Northwestern University announced the discovery of the gene that controls the “biological clock” (circadian rhythm).
2001 – A Russian rocket took off with the first space tourist, California businessman Dennis Tito, taking him and two cosmonauts to the International Space Station.