GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, March 13, the 72nd day of 2015 with 293 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:01 and sunset is @ 6:47. 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: 1639 – Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard.
1781 – The planet Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel.
1852 – Uncle Sam made his debut as a cartoon character in the New York “Lantern.”
1868 – The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson began in the U. S. Senate.
1877 – Ear mufflers were patented by Chester Greenwood of Maine.
1878 – The first collegiate golf match was played; Oxford University defeated Cambridge University.
1884 – Standard Time was adopted throughout the United States.
1935 – Tennessee outlawed the teaching of evolution.
1974 – The five-month oil embargo by Arab countries was lifted. The embargo was in retaliation for the U.S. support of Israel during the 1973 Middle East war.
1996 – A gunman burst into an elementary school in Scotland and opened fire on a class of kindergartners, killing 16 children and one teacher before killing himself.
2007 – The Bank of England launched a new 20 pound banknote, featuring the Scottish economist Adam Smith.