GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, May 17, the 137th day of 2015 with 228 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:21 and sunset is @ 8:00. 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: 1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree located on what is now Wall Street.

1814 – Norway’s constitution was signed, providing for a limited monarchy.

1845 – The rubber band was patented.

1875 – The first Kentucky Derby was run; the winner was Aristides.

1954 – The Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal, and said that schools must be integrated.

1973 – The U.S. Senate opened its televised hearings into the Watergate scandal.

1974 – A Los Angeles Police Department raid leaves six Symbionese Liberation Army members dead.

1996 – President Bill Clinton signed “Megan’s Law,” a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in.

2003 – Vatican officials confirmed that Pope John Paul II was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

2005 – Los Angeles Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa defeated incumbent mayor James Hahn to be elected the city’s first Hispanic mayor since 1872.

2006 – The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to become an artificial reef.

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