GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, March 9, the 68th day of 2015 with 297 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:07 and sunset is @ 6:42. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, & Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1822 – Charles M. Graham of New York City received a patent for artificial teeth.
1841 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the African slaves who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally forced into slavery, and thus were free under American law.
1862 – During the Civil War, the Virginia,a captured and rebuilt Union steam frigate formerly known as the Merrimac, fought the USS Monitor in the first battle between iron-fortified naval vessels. They fought to a draw.
1864 – General Ulysses Grant was appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces.
1916 – Mexican bandit Pancho Villa led 1,500 horsemen on a raid of Columbus, New Mexico, killing 17 US soldiers and citizens.
1954 – The first color television commercial was broadcast, for Castro Decorators of New York City.
1959 – The Barbie doll debuted.
1964 – The first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line.
1967 – Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josef Stalin’s daughter, defected to the United States.
1975 – Work began on the Alaskan oil pipeline.
1981 – Dan Rather made his debut as anchorman of “The CBS Evening News.”
1990 – Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in as Surgeon General, becoming the first woman and the first Hispanic to hold the job.