GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, June 9, the 159th day day of 2016 with 205 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:07 and sunset is @ 8:20. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter & Mars.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1064 – Coimbra, Portugal fell to Ferdinand, the King of Castile. 

1534 – Jacques Cartier became the first to sail into the river he named Saint Lawrence. 

1790 – John Barry copyrighted “Philadelphia Spelling Book.” It was the first American book to be copyrighted. 

1790 – Civil war broke out in Martinique. 

1860 – The Ms. Ann Stevens book “Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter” was offered for sale for a dime. It was the first published “dime novel.” 

1861 – Mary Ann “Mother” Bickerdyke began working in Union hospitals. 

1923 – Bulgaria’s government was overthrown by the military. 

1931 – Robert H. Goddard patented a rocket-fueled aircraft design. 

1934 – Donald Duck made his debut in the Silly Symphonies cartoon “The Wise Little Hen.” 

1940 – Norway surrendered to the Nazis during World War II. 

1943 – The withholding tax on payrolls was authorized by the U.S. Congress. 

1945 – Japanese Premier Kantaro Suzuki declared that Japan would fight to the last rather than accept unconditional surrender. 

1946 – Mel Ott (with the New York Giants) became the first manager to be ejected from a doubleheader (both games). 

1959 – The first ballistic missile carrying submarine, the USS George Washington, was launched. 

1965 – Michel Jazy ran the mile in 3 minutes, 53.6 seconds. He broke the record set by Peter Snell in 1964. 

1978 – Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood. 

1980 – Richard Pryor was severely burned by a “free-base” mixture that exploded. He was hospitalized more than two months. 

1985 – Thomas Sutherland, an American educator, was kidnapped in Lebanon. He was not released until November 1991. 

1986 – The Rogers Commission released a report on the Challenger disaster. The report explained that the spacecraft blew up as a result of a failure in a solid rocket booster joint. 

1999 – NATO and Yugoslavia signed a peace agreement over Kosovo. 

2000 – Canada and the United States signed a border security agreement. The agreement called for the establishment of a border-enforcement team. 

2000 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal gift and estate taxes. The bill called for the taxes to be phased out over 10 years. 

2001 – Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to win three Conn Smythe Trophies. The award is given to the playoff’s Most Valuable Player. 

2011 – The world’s first artificial organ transplant was performed. It was an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells. 

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