GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, May 6, the 126th day of 2014 with 238 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:33 and sunset is @ 7:46. The waxing first qtr moon is exact @ 11:16PM. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Mars, Saturn & Jupiter.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1527 – German troops began sacking Rome, destroying libraries, capturing the Pope, and killing thousands.
1840 – The first postage stamps were issued, in Britain.
1861 – Arkansas seceded from the Union.
1882 – Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years.
1937 – The hydrogen-filled German dirigible Hindenburg crashed in New Jersey, killing 36 of its passengers. It was the largest dirigible ever built and the pride of Nazi Germany.
1941 – Soviet dictator Josef Stalin assumed the premiership, replacing Vyacheslav M. Molotov.
1954 – Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in England, in 3:59.4.
1957 – Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book “Profiles in Courage.”
1960 – Britain’s Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, a commoner, at Westminster Abbey. (They divorced in 1978.)
1994 – A rail tunnel under the English Channel officially opened, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age.