GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, May 5, the 125th day of 2014 with 239 to follow. Today is Cinco de Mayo in Mexico and Mexican communities. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:34 and sunset is @ 7:47. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Mars, Saturn & Jupiter.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1809 – The first
woman was issued a U.S. patent: Mary Kies of South Killingly, Connecticut, for a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
1847 – The American Medical Association was organized, in Philadelphia.
1862 – During the French-Mexican War, the Mexican army defeated the French attempting to capture Puebla, a small town in east-central Mexico.
1891 – Carnegie Hall, then named “Music Hall,” had its opening night in New York City.
1893 – Panic hit the New York Stock Exchange and the stock market crashed; by year’s end, the country was in a severe depression.
1904 – Cy Young (Denton True Young) pitched baseball’s first perfect game.
1921 – Chanel No. 5 perfume was launched.
1925 – John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
1955 – West Germany became a sovereign state.
1961 – Alan B. Shepard became America’s first space traveler as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
2002 – French President Jacques Chirac was re-elected in a landslide victory.
2004 – Pablo Picasso’s painting “Boy with a Pipe” (1905) sold for a record $104.1 million at a Sotheby’s auction.
2005 – The United Kingdom general election takes place, in which Tony Blair’s Labour Party is re-elected for a third, consecutive term.