GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, January 25, the 25th day of 2015 with 340 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:05 and sunset is @ 4:47. 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: 1533 – Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn.1579 – The Treaty of Utrecht was signed, marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.
1890 – Reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the “New York World” completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, six hours, 11 minutes.
1890 – The United Mine Workers of America was founded.
1915 – Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service.
1917 – The United States of America purchased the Danish West Indies (now the Virgin Islands) for $25 million.
1925 – The first Winter Olympics opened at Chamonix in the French Alps.
1946 – The United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.
1959 – American Airlines flew the first scheduled transcontinental Boeing 707 flight.
1961 – President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television.
1971 – Charles Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate.
1971 – Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda.
1981 – Jiang Qing, Mao Tse-tung’s widow, was tried for treason and received a death sentence, which was subsequently commuted to life imprisonment.
1995 – The defense presented its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles.
1999 – An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.
2004 – Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.
2006 – Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.