GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, February 15, the 46th day of 2015 with 319 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:42 and sunset is @ 5:14. 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: 1758 – The first mustard, made by Benjamin Franklin, went on sale in America.
1804 – New Jersey became the last northern state to abolish slavery.
1842 – In New York City, adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time.
1879 – President Rutherford Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court.
1898 – The USS Maine, sent to Cuba on a friendly visit, exploded and sank in Havana harbor, killing 260 crew members. The origin of the explosion is unknown. This incident led to the Spanish-American War.
1932 – George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “The Guy Lombardo Show” on CBS radio, where they stayed for 18 years before moving their act to television.
1933 – An assassin aiming at President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt had his aim deflected and instead killed Anton J. Cermak, mayor of Chicago.
1942 – British forces in Singapore surrendered to Japanese, after their worst defeat of World War II.
1965 – The new Canadian Maple Leaf national flag was raised above Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
1969 – R. G. Edwards of the Cambridge Physiological Laboratory, Cambridge, England, made the first in vitro fertilization of human egg cells.
1971 – Great Britain and Ireland switched to decimal-based currency.
1978 – Boxer Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight boxing crown.
2002 – Defrocked priest Paul Shanley was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison for statutory rape of a minor.
2004 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Daytona 500 six years to the day after his father won his only Daytona 500.
2005 – YouTube, a popular video-sharing Web site, is started.