GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, May 15, the 135th day of 2015 with 230 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:23 and sunset is @ 7:58. 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: 1602 – Cape Cod was discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold.

1756 – The Seven Years War, a global conflict known in America as the French and Indian War, officially began when England declared war on France.
1862 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture was created by an act of Congress.

1911 – The Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

1918 – U.S. airmail service began between Washington, Philadelphia, and New York.

1924 – The U.S. Congress instituted immigration quotas.

1930 – Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard a United Airlines flight between San Francisco and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

1940 – Nylon stockings went on the sale in the U.S.

1941 – The first Allied jet, a Gloster-Whittle E 28/39, was tested.

1942 – The United States began gasoline rationing.

1948 – Hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.

1963 – Gordon Cooper completed 22 orbits of the earth and spent 34 hours in space aboard Faith 7, part of the Mercury program.

1969 – Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned amid a controversy over his past legal fees.

1972 – George C. Wallace was shot and left paralyzed in Maryland while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.

1988 – The Soviet Union began withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan.

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