GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, May 23, the 143rd day of 2015 with 221 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:15 and sunset is @ 8:06. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Neptune Uranus & Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1430 – Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.
1533 – Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.
1785 – Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of bifocals.
1788 – South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America.
1865 – The Army of the Potomac celebrated the end of the Civil War by parading downPennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
1911 – President William Howard Taft dedicated the New York Public Library, the largest marble structure ever constructed in the United States.
1915 – Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.
1934 – Nylon was first produced by Dr. Wallace Carothers, a chemist at Du Pont.
1935 – The first major league night baseball game played under lights occurred, in Cincinnati, Ohio between the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.
1949 – The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) came into being, with its capital atBonn.
1960 – Israel announced the arrest (after abduction in Argentina) of Adolf Eichmann, who had been responsible for organizing the Germans’ mass extermination of Jews in World War II.