GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, May 10, the 130th day of 2014 with 234 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:28 and sunset is @ 7:53. 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: 1503 – Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands.
1775 – Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, New York.
1865 – Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis, in Georgia.
1869 – A golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.
1872 – Victoria Woodhull became first woman nominated for U.S. president.
1908 – The first Mother’s Day observance took place during church services in Grafton, West Virginia and Philadelphia.
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover became FBI director, a job he was to hold until his death in 1972.
1940 – Neville Chamberlain resigned as British Prime Minister, replaced by Winston Churchill.
1941 – The House of Commons was destroyed in the heaviest air raid of London.
1960 – The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine Triton completed its circumnavigation of the globe after 84 days.
1979 – The Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing.
1981 – Socialist Francois Mitterrand defeated incumbent Valery Giscard d’Estaing in France’s presidential election.
1994 – In South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is sworn in as that country’s first black president.
1997 – Pope John Paul II visits Lebanon.
2003 – The “New York Times” announced that one of its reporters, Jayson Blair, had “committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud.”
2005 – A new Holocaust memorial is dedicated in Germany; officially called the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.”