GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, February 18, the 48th day of 2015 with 316 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:37 and sunset is @ 5:18. The New Moon is exact @ 6:48 PM. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury, & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1678 – John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” was published.
1688 – Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania adopted the first formal antislavery resolution in America.
1735 – The first opera produced in the colonies was performed in Charleston, South Carolina, entitled “Flora.”
1865 – The mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, surrendered control of the city to Union Brigadier General Alexander Schimmelfennig.
1885 – Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published.
1908 – U.S. postage stamps were first sold.
1930 – The ninth planet of our solar system, Pluto, was discovered at the Lowell Observatory inFlagstaff, Arizona, by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh.
1970 – The “Chicago Seven” defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention.
2001 – FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and charged with selling American secrets to the Soviet Union and Russia over a 15-year period.