GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, March 29, the 88th day of 2015 with 277 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:33 and sunset is @ 7:05. 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 – Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware.
1812 – The first White House wedding took place, when Lucy Payne Washington (First Lady Dolly Madison’s sister) married Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
1848 – An ice jam at the source of the Niagara River stopped the flow of Niagara Falls for the first time.
1867 – The British Parliament passed the British North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada.
1882 – The Knights of Columbus was chartered, in Connecticut.
1886 – Coca-Cola went on sale; it was marketed as a “brain tonic” and claimed to relieve exhaustion. It was invented by Dr. John Pemberton.
1943 – Meat, butter, and cheese rationing began during World War II.
1951 – Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage; they were executed in 1953.
1961 – The 23rd Amendment, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote for president, was ratified.
1971 – Army Lieutenant William L. Calley, Jr. was convicted of murdering at least 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre; he spent three years under house arrest.
1973 – America’s involvement in the Vietnam War ended when, two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam. Hanoi freed the remaining American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam at the same time.
1974 – U.S. space probe Mariner 10, launched by NASA in November 1973, became the first spacecraft to visit the planet Mercury.
1976 – Eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted for shooting four Kent State students during an anti-war protest on May 4, 1970.
1976 – The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority ran its first Metrorail passenger train.