GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, July 9, the 190th day of 2015 with 175 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:15 and sunset is @ 8:23. 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: 0118 – Hadrian, Rome’s new emperor, made his entry into the city.
0455 – Avitus, the Roman military commander in Gaul, became Emperor of the West.
1540 – England’s King Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled.
1609 – In a letter to the crown, the emperor Rudolf II granted Bohemia freedom of worship.
1755 – General Edward Braddock was mortally wounded when French and Indian troops ambushed his force of British regulars and colonial militia. He died on July 13.
1776 – The American Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York.
1789 – In Versailles, the French National Assembly declared itself the Constituent Assembly and began to prepare a French constitution.
1790 – The Swedish navy captured one third of the Russian fleet at the naval battle of Svensksund in the Baltic Sea.
1792 – S.L. Mitchell of Columbia College in New York City became the first Professor of Agriculture.
1808 – The leather-splitting machine was patented by Samuel Parker.
1816 – Argentina declared independence from Spain.
1847 – A 10-hour work day was established for workers in the state of New Hampshire.
1868 – The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
1872 – The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel.
1877 – Alexander Graham Bell, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Thomas Sanders and Thomas Watson formed the Bell Telephone Company.
1878 – The corncob pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe.
1900 – The Commonwealth of Australia was established by an act of the British Parliament, uniting the separate colonies under a federal government.
1922 – Johnny Weissmuller became the first person to swim the 100 meters freestyle in less than a minute.
1935 – Norman Bright ran the two mile event in the record time of 9 minutes, 13.2 seconds at a meet in New York City.
1943 – American and British forces made an amphibious landing on Sicily.