GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, February 05, the 36th day of 2015 with 329 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:54 and sunset is @ 5:01. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury, & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1556 – Henry II of France and Philip of Spain signed the truce of Vaucelles.
1631 – The founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife arrived in Boston from England. Williams edited the first dictionary of Native American languages.
1916 – Enrico Caruso recorded “O Solo Mio” for the Victor Talking Machine Company.
1917 – Mexico’s constitution was adopted.
1917 – Congress nullified President Woodrow Wilson’s veto of the Immigration Act. The law severely curtailed the immigration of Asians and required literacy tests.
1922 – “Reader’s Digest” began publication in New York.
1937 – President Franklin Roosevelt announced a controversial plan to expand the Supreme Court to as many as 15 judges, allegedly to make it more efficient. Critics immediately charged that Roosevelt was trying to “pack” the court in his favor. The Senate struck it down by a vote of 70-22. Soon after, Roosevelt had the opportunity to nominate his first Supreme Court justice, and by 1942 all but two of the justices were his appointees.
1952 – New York adopted three-colored traffic lights.
1953 – The Walt Disney film, “Peter Pan,” opened in New York City.
1958 – Gamel Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the newUnited Arab Republic.
1972 – Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Douglas coached and owned the New York Renaissance, an all-black team which won 88 consecutive games in 1933.
1981 – Marine Private First Class Robert Garwood was convicted of collaborating with the enemy while a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
2003 – Colin Powell addresses the UN Security Council with U.S. plans to invade Iraq.