GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, May 29, the 149th day of 2014 with 216 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:11 and sunset is @ 8:11. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1453 – Mohammed II, founder of the Ottoman empire, captured Constantinople; the Byzantine emperor Constantine XI was killed, and the Byzantine Empire was ended. Constantinople became the Ottoman capital.
1790 – Rhode Island became the 13th original colony to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America.
1848 – Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.
1849 – A patent for lifting vessels was granted to Abraham Lincoln.
1911 – The first running of the Indianapolis 500 took place.
1914 – In one of the worst ship disasters in history, the British liner Empress of Ireland collided with the Norwegian freighter Storstad on the St. Lawrence River. The Storstad penetrated 15 feet into the Empress of Ireland’s side and the vessel sank within 14 minutes, drowning 1,012 of its passengers and crew.
1932 – During the Great Depression, World War I veterans began arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they weren’t scheduled to receive for another 13 years.
1953 – Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
1973 – Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.
1990 – Boris Yeltsin was elected the president of Russia.
1999 – Space shuttle Discovery completed the first-ever docking with the International Space Station.
2001 – Four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted of a conspiracy to murder Americans, including the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.
2004 – The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
2005 – French voters rejected the European Union’s proposed constitution.