GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, March 26, the 85th day of 2015 with 280 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:38 and sunset is @ 7:02. 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: 1804 – The Louisiana Purchase was divided into the Territory of Orleans and the District of Louisiana.

1885 – The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. of Rochester, New York, manufactured the first commercial motion picture film.

1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announced the success of his vaccine against poliomyelitis.

1964 – The musical “Funny Girl” opened on Broadway.

1971 – East Pakistan proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh.

1979 – At the White House, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed an historic peace agreement.

1982 – Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

2000 – Vladimir Putin was elected Russia’s second democratically-chosen president.

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