GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, June 29, the 180th day of 2015 with 185 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:09 and sunset is @ 8:25. 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: 1566 – The Stationers Company was granted a monopoly in Great Britain.

1652 – Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth.

1767 – The British parliament passed the Townshend Revenue Act, levying taxes on America. Colonists bitterly protested the Acts, which were repealed in 1770.

1776 – The Virginia state constitution was adopted, and Patrick Henry made governor.

1880 – France annexed Tahiti.

1906 – Mesa Verde National Park was established.

1938 – Olympic National Park, Washington, was established.

1956 – The U.S. Interstate Highway System was born when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill providing $33.5 billion for highway construction.

1966 – In the Vietnam War, U.S. aircraft bombed the major North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong for the first time, destroying oil depots located near them.

1967 – Israel united east and west Jerusalem.

1970 – U.S. troops pulled out of Cambodia.

1974 – With Argentine President Juan Perón on his deathbed, Isabela Martinez de Perón, his wife and vice president, was sworn in as the leader of the South American country.

1995 – The space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest manmade satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

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