GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, April 7, the 98th day of 2015 with 268 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:2 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: 1652 – The Dutch established a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.
1795 – The metric system was adopted in France, where it had been developed.
1798 – The territory of Mississippi was organized.
1862 – Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
1906 – The Italian volcano, Vesuvius, erupted.
1933 – President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation ending Prohibition in the United States.
1948 – The World Health Organization was founded.
1953 – The United Nations General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be Secretary-General.
1957 – The last of New York’s electric trolleys ran from Queens to Manhattan.
1963 – Yugoslavia proclaimed itself a Socialist republic and proclaimed Josip Broz Tito the president for life of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
1992 – The European Community formally recognized the independence of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
2001 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft took off on a six-month, 286-million-mile journey to the planet.