GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, April 15, the 105th day of 2015 with 260 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:04 and sunset is @ 7:24. 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: 1755 – English lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson published his “Dictionary of the English Language.”
1783 – The Continental Congress ratified preliminary articles of peace ending the Revolutionary War with Great Britain.
1817 – The first American school for the deaf opened in Hartford, Connecticut.
1850 – The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
1861 – Three days after the attack on Fort Sumter, President Abraham Lincoln mobilized Federal army at the outset of the Civil War.
1865 – Andrew Johnson became the nation’s 17th president upon Abraham Lincoln’s death.
1922 – Insulin was discovered by Canadian physiologist Frederick Banting and John Macleod.
1945 – During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration campBergen-Belsen.
1955 – Ray Kroc opened the first franchised McDonald’s; it was located in Des Plaines, Illinois.
1989 – Students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests following the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang; the protests culminated in the Tiananmen Square massacre.
1989 – Ninety-six people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England.
1999 – Astronomers from San Francisco State University, working in Arizona, announced the discovery of the first multi-planet system found orbiting around a star other than the Sun.
2003 – U.S. President George W. Bush declared that the government of Saddam Hussein in Iraq had fallen; the following day he called on the United Nations to lift sanctions against Iraq that had been in place since 1991.