GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, February 05, the 36th day of 2017 with 329 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:54 and sunset is @ 5:02. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1782 – The Spanish captured Minorca from the British. 

1783 – Sweden recognized the independence of the United States. 

1846 – “The Oregon Spectator”, based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.

1861 – Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine. 

1885 – Congo State was established under Leopold II of Belgium, as a personal possession. 

1881 – Phoenix, AZ, was incorporated. 

1917 – Mexico’s constitution was adopted. 

1917 – The U.S. Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 (Asiatic Barred Zone Act) with an overwhelming majority. The action overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s December 14, 1916 veto. 

1924 – The BBC time signals, or “pips”, from Greenwich Observatory were heard for the first time. They are broadcast every hour. 

1931 – Maxine Dunlap became the first woman licensed as a glider pilot. 

1937 – U.S. President Roosevelt proposed enlarging the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan failed. 

1940 – “Amanda of Honeymoon Hill” debuted on radio. 

1952 – In New York City, four signs were installed at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square that told pedestrians “don’t walk.” 

1953 – The Walt Disney’s film “Peter Pan” opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City. 

Disney movies, music and books 

1958 – Gamel Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the United Arab Republic. 

1961 – The first issue of the “Sunday Telegraph” was published. 

1962 – French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria’s independence. 

1972 – Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. 

1982 – Great Britain imposed economic sanctions against Poland and Russia in protest against martial law in Poland. 

1987 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 2,200-point for the first time. The market closed at 2201.49. 

1988 – A pair of indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama’s military leader, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking. 

1994 – White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, MS, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. 

1997 – Switzerland’s “Big Three” banks announced they would create a $71 million fund for Holocaust victims and their families. 

1997 – Investment bank Morgan Stanley announced a $10 billion merger with Dean Witter. 

1999 – Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release. 

2001 – It was announced the Kelly Ripa would be Regis Philbin’s cohost. The show was renamed to “Live! With Regis and Kelly.” 

2001 – Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced their separation. 

2003 – U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the U.N. concerning Iraq’s material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441

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