GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, March 2, the 61st day of 2015 with 304 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:21 and sunset is @ 5:32. 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: 1807 – The U.S. Congress abolished the African slave trade.

1836 – Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

1867 – The first Reconstruction Act was passed by Congress.

1877 – Rutherford B. Hayes, a Republican, was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.Congress accepted an electoral commission’s decision that Hayes won the disputed election. Hayes was the only U.S. president to be elected by this particular process.

1889 – Congress passed the Indian Appropriations Bill, proclaiming unassigned lands in the public domain, the first step toward the famous Oklahoma Land Rush.

1899 – Congress established Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.

1917 – Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship.

1923 – “Time” magazine made its debut.

1925 – State and federal highway officials developed a nationwide route-numbering system and adopted the familiar U.S. shield-shaped numbered marker.

1933 – The motion picture “King Kong,” starring Fay Wray, had its world premiere in New York.

1951 – The first NBA All-Star game was held.

1958 – The British Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic expedition, led by Dr. Vivian Fuchs, completed the first surface crossing of the South Pole.

1969 – The French-built Concorde made its maiden flight.

1970 – Rhodesia proclaimed itself a republic.

1973 – The Vietnam peace treaty was signed in Paris.

1977 – The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a strict code of ethics.

1984 – The first McDonald’s franchise was closed — in Des Plaines, Illinois.

1985 – The government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus, allowing possibly contaminated blood to be excluded from the blood supply.

1987 – Government officials reported that the median price for a new home had topped $100,000 for the first time.

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