GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, January 29, the 29th day of 2015 with 336 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:01 and sunset is @ 4:52. 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: 1845 – Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” was first published; it appeared in the “New York Evening Mirror.”
1850 – Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery which included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
1861 – Kansas became the 34th state of the Union (or the 28th state if the secession of eight Southern states over the previous six weeks is taken into account).
1886 – The first successful gasoline-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented.
1891 – Queen Liliuokalani became the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands.
1900 – The American League, consisting of eight baseball teams, was organized in Philadelphia.
1926 – Violette Neatley Anderson became the first African-American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
1936 – The first members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, New York.
1950 – Riots broke out in Johannesburg, South Africa, over the policy of Apartheid.
1963 – The first members of the Football Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio.
1979 – Deng Xiaoping, deputy premier of China, met President Jimmy Carter, and together they signed historic accords reversing decades of U.S. opposition to the People’s Republic of China.
1979 – President Jimmy Carter commuted the sentence of Patty Hearst.
1995 – The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win five Super Bowl titles, beating the San Diego Chargers, 49-26.
1996 – President Jacques Chirac announces a “definitive end” to French nuclear testing.