GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, May 04, the 124th day of 2015 with 241 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:36 and sunset is @ 7:46. 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: 1471 – The Battle of Tewkesbury, the last battle in the Wars of the Roses, took place; the Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians.

1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island. He purchased Manhattan from resident Algonquin Indians for the equivalent of $24.

1715 – A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.

1776 – Rhode Island declared independence from England.

1836 – The Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded.

1886 – At Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an eight-hour workday turned into a riot when a bomb exploded.

1894 – The first Bird Day was observed.

1904 – Work began on the Panama Canal.

1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

1945 – German forces in the Netherlands, Denmark, and northwest Germany agreed to surrender in World War II.

1961 – A group of 13 “Freedom Riders” left Washington for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation in interstate buses and bus terminals.

1970 – Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.

1973 – The world’s tallest building, Sears Tower, Chicago, was completed.

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