GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, February 16, the 46th day of 2015 with 318 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:40 and sunset is @ 5:16. 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: 1804 – Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates.
1862 – During the Civil War, some 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered at Fort Donelson,Tennessee.
1868 – The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized, in New York City.
1918 – Lithuania proclaimed its independence.
1923 – The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen’s recently unearthed tomb was unsealed inEgypt.
1932 – The first fruit tree patent was issued to James E. Markham, for a peach tree.
1937 – Dupont patented a new thread, nylon.
1948 – NBC-TV presented the first daily newsreel telecast: “20th Century Fox – Movietone News.”
1959 – Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that forced right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile.
1968 – The nation’s first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system was inaugurated, in Haleyville, Alabama.
1985 – Sheik Ibrahim al-Amin issued Hezbollah’s manifesto.
2005 – The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so over a labor dispute.