GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, June 15, the 166th day of 2014 with 199 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:22. 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: 1215 – King John put his seal to Magna Carta at Runnymede, England, a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteeing that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws.
1752 – Benjamin Franklin flew the kite with a key tied to its string and proved that lightning contained electricity.
1775 – The Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington as head of the Continental Army.
1836 – Arkansas became the 25th state.
1844 – Charles Goodyear received a patent for his process to strengthen rubber; it was disputed in court and the decisive victory not reached until 1852.
1846 – Representatives of Great Britain and the United States signed the Oregon Treaty, which established the US-Canadian border.
1864 – Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a national military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.
1956 – Fifteen-year-old John Lennon (b. 9 October 1940) of the music group, The Quarrymen, met 13-year-old Paul McCartney (b. 18 June 1942) and invited him to join the group.
1969 – “Hee Haw” premiered on TV.
1994 – Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations.
2003 – Accounting firm Arthur Andersen was convicted of obstruction of justice in the wake of the 2001 Enron scandal.