GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, March 1, the 60th day of 2015 with 305 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:22 and sunset is @ 5:31. 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: 1642 – York, Maine became the first incorporated American city.

1780 – Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to abolish slavery.

1781 – The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation.

1790 – Congress authorized the first U.S. Census.

1803 – Ohio became the 17th state.

1845 – President John Tyler signed a congressional resolution to annex the Republic of Texas.

1867 – Nebraska became the 37th state.

1872 – Yellowstone became the first area in the world to be designated a national park, established by an act of Congress.

1932 – The infant son of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh was kidnapped from their home in New Jersey.

1954 – In the U.S. Capitol, four members of an extremist Puerto Rican nationalist group opened fire at the floor of the House of Representatives from a visitors’ gallery, injuring five U.S. representatives.

1954 – The first American hydrogen bomb was “officially” detonated at the Bikini Atoll in theMarshall Islands.

1966 – Venera 3, a Soviet probe, collided with Venus. It was the first unmanned spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet.

2002 – The peseta lost its legal tender status in Spain, and is replaced with the euro.

2002 – NASA said its Mars Odyssey spacecraft had found evidence that vast regions of Mars may have had water.

2006 – Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as president of Finland for the second and last time.

2006 – English-language Wikipedia adds its one millionth article.

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