GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, May 24, the 144th day of 2014 with 221 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:14 and sunset is @ 8:07. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1543 – Nicolaus Copernicus published proof of a sun-centered planetary system.

1624 – After years of unprofitable operation, Virginia’s charter was revoked and it became a royal colony.

1689 – English Parliament passed the Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants; Roman Catholics are specifically excluded.

1738 – The Methodist Church was established.

1830 – The first passenger railroad in the U.S. began service between Baltimore and Elliott’s Mills, Maryland.

1844 – Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message, “What hath God wrought!” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America’s first telegraph line.

1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was opened. It took 14 years to construct; 27 people died working on it.

1899 – W. T. McCullough of Boston opened the first public garage.

1958 – United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and theInternational News Service.

1976 – Britain and France started transatlantic Concorde service to Washington.

1994 – Four men convicted of bombing New York’s World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

2000 – Israeli troops pulled out unilaterally from south Lebanon, ending 18 years of occupation.

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