GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, April 25, the 115th day of 2015 with 250 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:48 and sunset is @ 7:36. 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: 1792 – The guillotine was first used in Paris.

1859 – Ground was broken at Port Said, Egypt, for the Suez Canal.

1898 – The United States declared war on Spain.

1901 – New York became the first state to require automobile license plates; the fee was one dollar.

1915 – In World War I, Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli in Turkey.

1928 – The first guide dog, Buddy, was presented to Morris S. Frank.

1945 – Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

1953 – The magazine “Nature” published an article by biologists Francis Crick and James Watson, describing the “double helix” of DNA.

1959 – The St. Lawrence Seaway was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and President Dwight Eisenhower, linking the Atlantic Ocean with ports on the Great Lakes.

1967 – The first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. was signed by the Colorado governor.

1990 – The crew of the U.S. space shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble Space Telescope, a long-term space-based observatory, into a low orbit around Earth.

2003 – Georgia lawmakers voted to remove the Dixie cross from the state’s flag.

2005 – Bulgaria and Romania gain entrance into the European Union.

2005 – In Japan, one hundred seven perish in the Amagasaki rail crash.

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