GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, May 06, the 126th day of 2015 with 239 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:33 and sunset is @ 7:48. 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: 1527 – German troops began sacking Rome, destroying libraries, capturing the Pope, and killing thousands.

1840 – The first postage stamps were issued, in Britain.

1861 – Arkansas seceded from the Union.

1882 – Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United
States for 10 years.

1937 – The hydrogen-filled German dirigible Hindenburg crashed in New Jersey, killing 36 of its passengers. It was the largest dirigible ever built and the pride of Nazi Germany.

1941 – Soviet dictator Josef Stalin assumed the premiership, replacing Vyacheslav M. Molotov.

1954 – Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in England, in 3:59.4.

1957 – Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book “Profiles in Courage.”

1960 – Britain’s Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, a commoner, at Westminster Abbey. (They divorced in 1978.)

1994 – A rail tunnel under the English Channel officially opened, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age.

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