GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, April 2, the 92nd day of 2015 with 273 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:26 and sunset is @ 7:10. 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: 1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Poncé de Leon landed in Florida.
1792 – Congress passed the Coinage Act, which established the U.S. Mint, which then opened in Philadelphia.
1860 – The first parliament of the united Italy met at Turin.
1865 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
1877 – The first White House Easter Egg Roll took place during the administration of Rutherford B. Hayes.
1889 – Charles Hall patented aluminum.
1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy.”
1917 – Jeannette Pickering Rankin was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1956 – The soap operas “As the World Turns” and “The Edge of Night” premiered on television.
1958 – The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics was renamed NASA.
1978 – The nighttime drama, “Dallas” premiered on television.
1979 – Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin became the first Israeli leader to visit Cairo where he met Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat.
1982 – Argentina invaded the Falklands Islands, a British colony.
1992 – John Gotti, head of largest Mafia family in New York, was convicted of murder and racketeering.
1997 – Tennessee became the last state in the union to ratify the 15th Amendment.
2002 – Israel seized control of Bethlehem; Palestinian gunmen forced their way into the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, beginning a 39-day standoff.