GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, March 22, the 81st day of 2015 with 284 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:45 and sunset is @ 6:57. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1638 – Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1765 – Britain enacted the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies.

1790 – Thomas Jefferson became the first U.S. Secretary of State.

1882 – The U.S. Congress outlawed polygamy.

1893 – The first women’s collegiate basketball game was played at Smith College in Massachusetts.

1894 – Hockey’s first Stanley Cup championship game was played, between Montreal and Ottawa.

1895 – Auguste Lumiere and Louis Lumiere showed their first movie to an invited audience inParis.

1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol.

1935 – Persia was renamed Iran.

1941 – The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state went into operation.

1945 – The Arab League was formed — Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Yemen, in Egypt. Fifteen more Arab nations eventually joined the organization.

1960 – The first laser was patented by Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes.

1968 – President Lyndon Johnson named General William Westmoreland as Army Chief of Staff.

1972 – Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to the states for ratification; it fell three states short of the 38 needed for approval.

1990 – A jury in Alaska found former tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood innocent of major charges in connection with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, but convicted him of a minor charge of negligent discharge of oil.

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