GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, June 4, the 155th day of 2015 with 209 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:08 and sunset is @ 8:16. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1717 – The Freemasons were founded in London.

1792 – Captain George Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain.

1812 – The Louisiana Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory.

1892 – The Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco.

1896 – Henry Ford made a successful test run of his horseless carriage, called a quadricycle, in Detroit.

1917 – The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded.

1919 – The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

1940 – The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk on the Belgian coast ended as German forces captured the port.

1942 – The Battle of Midway began in World War II.

1944 – The U.S. Fifth Army began liberating Rome during World War II.

1989 – The Tiananmen Square Massacre occurred: a bloody suppression of protesting students which effectively smashed the pro- democracy movement and drove dissent underground.

2003 – Martha Stewart stepped down as head of her media empire, hours after federal prosecutors in New York charged her with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, securities fraud, and lying to investigators.

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