GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, January 18, the 18th day of 2015 with 347 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:10 and sunset is @ 4:38. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1778 – English explorer Captain James Cook
discovered the Hawaiian Islands, naming them the Sandwich Islands.

1788 – The first English settlers arrived in Australia’s Botany Bay to establish a penal colony.
1871 – Wilhelm, King of Prussia from 1861, was proclaimed the first German Emperor.
1896 – The first college basketball game was played, between the University of Iowa andUniversity of Chicago.
1911 – The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor.
1912 – English explorer Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole, only to find out that Norwegian Roald Amundsen had gotten there a month earlier. Scott and his party perished during the return trip.
1919 – The World War I Peace Congress opened in Versailles, France.
1943 – A wartime ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread in the U.S. went into effect. It was aimed at reducing the bakeries’ demand for metal replacement parts.
1967 – Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the “Boston Strangler,” was convicted in Massachusetts of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. He was sentenced to life and killed by a fellow inmate in 1973.
1978 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isolated the cause of Legionnaire’s disease.
1991 – After 62 years in service, Eastern Air Lines shuts down, citing financial problems.
1993 – The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.
2001 – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson revealed an extramarital affair that resulted in the birth of his daughter, Ashley.
2003 – A bushfire kills four people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.

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