GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, April 30, the 120th day of 2014 with 244 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:41 and sunset is @ 7:41. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Saturn & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Mars & Jupiter.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1789 – In New York City, George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America.

1798 – The U.S. Department of the Navy was established.

1803 – The United States completed negotiations with France to buy the Louisiana Purchase, agreeing agreed to pay $11,250,000 and assumed claims of its citizens against France in the amount of $3,750,000.

1812 – Louisiana became the 18th state of the Union.

1900 – Hawaii was organized as a United States territory.

1931 – The first George Washington Bridge, linking New York City and New Jersey, opened.

1939 – The New York World’s Fair officially opened.

1939 – Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president to appear on television when he opened the New York World’s Fair. However, the broadcast was beamed to only
200 television sets.

1947 – President Harry Truman signed a measure officially changing the name of Boulder Dam to Hoover Dam.

1948 – The Organization of American States held its first meeting, in Bogota, Colombia.

1970 – President Richard Nixon announced the U.S. was sending troops into Cambodia, sparking widespread protest.

1973 – In the midst of the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon announced the resignations of top aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, along with Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst and White House counsel John Dean. President Nixon accepted responsibility for the bugging of the Watergate building but denied any personal involvement.

1975 – The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces, effectively ending the Vietnam War.

1980 – Queen Juliana of the Netherlands abdicated and was succeeded by her daughter, Beatrix.

1993 – Professional tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed while resting courtside during a match at Hamburg, Germany. She suffered a puncture wound and was released from the hospital a few days later.

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