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.