GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, June 29, the 180th day of 2014 with 185 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:09 and sunset is @ 8:25. 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: 1566 – The Stationers Company was granted a monopoly in Great Britain.
1652 – Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth.
1767 – The British parliament passed the Townshend Revenue Act, levying taxes on America. Colonists bitterly protested the Acts, which were repealed in 1770.
1776 – The Virginia state constitution was adopted, and Patrick Henry made governor.
1880 – France annexed Tahiti.
1906 – Mesa Verde National Park was established.
1938 – Olympic National Park, Washington, was established.
1956 – The U.S.Interstate Highway System was born when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill providing $33.5 billion for highway construction.
1966 – In the Vietnam War, U.S. aircraft bombed the major North Vietnamese cities of Hanoiand Haiphong for the first time, destroying oil depots located near them.
1967 – Israel united east and west Jerusalem.
1970 – U.S. troops pulled out of Cambodia.
1974 – With Argentine President Juan Perón on his deathbed, Isabela Martinez de Perón, his wife and vice president, was sworn in as the leader of the South American country.
1995 – The space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest manmade satellite ever to orbit the Earth.