GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, June 21, the 172nd day of 2015 with 193 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:07 and sunset is @ 8:24. 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: 1788 – The Constitution of the United States of America went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.

1834 – Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.

1887 – Britain celebrated the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria.

1945 – Japanese troops surrendered the Pacific Island of Okinawa to the United States after one of the longest and bloodiest battles of World War II.

1977 – Menachem Begin became Israel’s sixth prime minister.

1982 – A jury in Washington, D.C. found John Hinckley, Jr. innocent by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Ronald Reagan and three other men.

1989 – The Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment.

2004 – Connecticut governor John Rowland announced resignation (effective July 1) as he is subject of federal corruption investigation and an impeachment inquiry.

2004 – Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne completed the first privately funded human spaceflight.

2006 – Pluto’s newly discovered moons are officially named Nix and Hydra.

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