GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, April 4, the 94th day of 2015 with 271 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:22 and sunset is @ 7:12. The full “Pink Moon,” is exact @ 8:06 AM EDT The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1581 – English navigator Francis Drake returned home after sailing around the world, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.

1818 – Congress decided the U.S. flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 white stars on a blue field, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union.

1850 – The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.

1887 – Susanna Medora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community — Argonia, Kansas.

1902 – The Rhodes scholarships were established. The founder of Rhodesia and empire builder Cecil Rhodes set $10 aside for a scholarship for Americans at Oxford University.

1932 – Vitamin C was first isolated by C.C. King at the University of Pittsburgh.

1945 – U.S. forces liberated the Nazi concentration camp Ohrdruf in Germany during World War II.

1949 – Twelve nations, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty and established NATO.

1964 – The Beatles set an all-time record on the Billboard magazine chart, with the five top songs being theirs (“Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” ” ” Please Please Me”). They also had the number one album.

1974 – Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth’s career home run record by hitting his 714th round-tripper in Cincinnati.

1983 – The space shuttle Challenger was launched for the first time.

1984 – Bob Bell retired as Bozo the Clown on WGN-TV in Chicago after 24 years.

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