GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, May 12, the 132nd day of 2014 with 232 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:26 and sunset is @ 7:55. 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: 1847 – William Clayton invented the odometer.
1870 – Manitoba became a Canadian province.
1881 – Tunisia, in North Africa, became a French protectorate.
1926 – Roald Amundsen reached the North Pole in a dirigible.
1935 – Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio by “Bill W.,” a stockbroker, and “Dr. Bob S.,” a medical doctor.
1937 – King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey upon the abdication of his brother,Edward VIII. He was later succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II.
1941 – Hitler backs Iraq’s Rashid Ali al-Gailani in his fight against Britain.
1943 – Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.
1949 – The Soviet Union lifted its 11-month land blockade against West Berlin, which was an early crisis of the Cold War.
1957 – Texan A.J. Foyt won his first major race, a midget car race, in Kansas City, Missouri.
1978 – The U.S. Commerce Department said hurricanes would no longer be given only female names.
1992 – Four suspects were arrested in the beating of truck driver Reginald Oliver Denny at the start of the Los Angeles riots.
2002 – Jimmy Carter became the first present or former U.S. president to visit Cuba since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959.