GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, March 16, the 75th day of 2015 with 290 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:55 and sunset is @ 6:50. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1521 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines; he was killed by natives the following month.
1534 – England severed relations with the Roman Catholic Church.
1802 – Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
1833 – Susan Hayhurst became the first woman to graduate from a pharmacy college (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy).
1850 – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, “The Scarlet Letter,” was published.
1910 – Harry Houdini became the first man to fly an airplane in Australia.
1915 – The Federal Trade Commission was organized.
1926 – American Robert H. Goddard successfully launched the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
1945 – During World War II, the Allies secured Iwo Jima.
1968 – During the Vietnam War, the My Lai Massacre was carried out by U.S. troops under the command of Lieutenant William L. Calley, Jr.
1978 – Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped by left-wing urban guerrillas, who later murdered him.
1985 – Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was abducted in Beirut; he was released in December 1991.