GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, January 23, the 23rd day of 2015 with 342 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:06 and sunset is @ 4:45. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1556 – An earthquake in Shanxi Province, China, was thought to have killed some 830,000 people.

1789 – Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington D.C.

1845 – The U.S. Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

1849 – English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a Doctor of Medicine degree, from the Geneva College in New York.

1918 – The Soviet government officially severed relations with the Orthodox Church.

1950 – The Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

1960 – The U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste, designed by Dr. Auguste Piccard, descended to a record depth of 35,820 ft in the Pacific Ocean.

1964 – The 24th amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, eliminating poll taxes for voting in federal elections.

1968 – North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship “Pueblo,” charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.)

1973 – President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.

1977 – Alex Haley’s “Roots” began a record-breaking eight-night broadcast on television.

1978 – Sweden banned aerosol sprays because of damage to environment; it was the first country to do so.

2002 – Daniel Pearl, a reporter working in Pakistan, for The Wall Street Journal, was reported missing after he failed to return from a meeting with sources the previous day; on January 27 news organizations received an e-mail saying that Pearl had been kidnapped. On February 20, A videotape that was delivered to Pakistani officials showed that he has been killed.

2006 – Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party wins the most seats in the Canadian federal election becoming the

22nd Prime Minister with a minority government.

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