GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, June 12, the 163rd day of 2015 with 202 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:21. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1665 – England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.

1667 – The first successful human blood transfusion was performed, in France.

1776 – Virginia’s legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights.

1838 – The Iowa Territory was organized.

1839 – According to popular legend, which has since been discredited, Abner Doubleday created baseball.

1849 – The gas mask was patented by L. P. Haslett.

1898 – Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain after 300 years.

1939 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.

1943 – The Alcan Highway, now known as the Alaska Highway, opened to traffic.

1967 – The Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.

1981 – Major League Baseball players began a 49-day strike over the issue of free-agent compensation.

1991 – Boris Yeltsin became the first popularly elected leader in the 1000-year history of Russia.

1994 – The bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were discovered outside her Brentwood, California condominium, and within days, actor/football legend O.J. Simpson was charged by police.

2004 – A 1.3 kg chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.

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