GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, February 22, the 53rd day of 2015 with 312 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:31 and sunset is @ 5:23. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, & Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1613 – Mikhail Romanov was elected czar of Russia.
1630 – Popcorn was introduced to English colonists by Quadequine, brother of Massasoit.
1819 – Spain agreed to cede the remainder of its old province of Florida to the United States.
1879 – Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a five-cent store in Utica, New York.
1886 – “The Times” newspaper published a classified personal column, the first newspaper to do so.
1889 – President Grover Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas (which was divided intoNorth Dakota and South Dakota at the same time), Montana, and Washington state to the Union.
1924 – Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
1940 – Five-year-old Tenzin Gyatso was enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama in Lhasa, Tibet.
1946 – Dr. Selman Abraham Waksman announced his discovery of streptomycin, an antibiotic.
1956 – Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time, with “Heartbreak Hotel.”
1980 – In a dramatic upset, the underdog United States Olympic hockey team, made up of collegians and second-rate professional players, defeated the defending champion Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.
1984 – Census Bureau statistics showed that the State of Alaska was the fastest growing state of the decade with a population increase of 19.2 percent.
2006 – In Britain’s largest cash robbery, thieves stole $96 million ($53 or $78 million) from a Bank of England depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
2006 – The government of Tajikistan began demolition of the Dushanbe synagogue to make way for a new presidential residence, the “Palace of Nations”.