GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, April 6, the 96th day of 2015 with 269 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:21 and sunset is @ 7:1. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1830 – The Church of Christ (now known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, New York.

1851 – Portland, Oregon, was founded.

1896 – The first modern Olympic Games formally opened in Athens, Greece — reinstated 1500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. Eight nations participated.

1909 – Explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson became the first men to reach the North Pole.

1917 – America formally entered World War I after the House of Representatives joined the Senatein voting to declare war on Germany.

1938 – Polytetrafluoroethylene resin — or Teflon — was invented by Roy J. Plunkett at EI Du Pont de Nemours.

1947 – The first Tony Awards (theater) were handed out.

1965 – Early Bird, the first commercial communications satellite, was launched by the United States.

1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation extending the mandatory retirement age from 65 to 70.

1983 – Interior Secretary James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall, saying rock and roll bands attract the “wrong element.”

1994 – Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira and Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimanawere killed in a mysterious plane crash near Rwanda’s capital. Widespread violence erupted over claims that the plane had been shot down.

2003 – David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to walk alone and unaided to the geomagnetic North Pole.

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