GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, March 25, the 84th day of 2015 with 281 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:40 and sunset is @ 7:00. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus.

1609 – English explorer Henry Hudson set off from Amsterdam, on behalf of the Dutch East India Company, in search of the Northwest Passage.

1634 – Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by Lord Baltimore; they arrived at St. Clement’s Island and called the settlement St. Mary’s.

1751 – This was the old New Year’s Day for Great Britain and its North American colonies up through 1751, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted and the beginning of the year changed to January 1.
1775 – George Washington planted the first pecan trees at Mount Vernon; this is celebrated as Pecan Day.
1807 – British Parliament abolished the slave trade.
1913 – The Palace Theatre, home of vaudeville, opened in New York City.
1937 – The first perfumed ad appeared in the Washington, D.C. “Daily News.”
1954 – RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production.
1957 – France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg signed a treaty in Rome establishing the European Economic Community (EEC), also known as the Common Market.
1982 – The Canada Act was signed by Queen Elizabeth II, ratifying the Canadian Constitution and making it wholly independent.
2002 – A strong earthquake rocked Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, killing up to 1,000 people.

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