GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, March 27, the 86th day of 2015 with 279 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:36 and sunset is @ 7:03. 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: 1512 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
1703 – Czar Peter the Great founded the city of St. Petersburg.
1794 – President George Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy.
1860 – The corkscrew was patented by M. L. Byrn of New York.
1884 – The first long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York City.
1899 – Guglielmo Marconi sent the first radio signals, across the English Channel.
1912 – The wife of President William Howard Taft planted cherry trees on the bank of thePotomac River, in an event celebrating a gift by the Japanese government of 3,020 cherry trees to the U.S. government.
1917 – The Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
1920 – Film stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were married.
1958 – Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.
1964 – The strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale, occurred in southern Alaska, creating a deadly tsunami; 114 people were killed and thousands injured.
1998 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the impotency drug Viagra, made byPfizer.