GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, April 05, the 95th day of 2017 with 270 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:19 and sunset is @ 7:13. 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: 1242 – Russian troops repelled an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights. 

1614 – American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia. 

1621 – The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, MA, on a return trip to England. 

1792 – U.S. President George Washington cast the first presidential veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states. 

1806 – Isaac Quintard patented the cider mill. 

1827 – James H. Hackett became the first American actor to appear abroad as he performed at Covent Garden in London, England. 

1843 – Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong to be a British crown colony. 

1869 – Daniel Bakeman, the last surviving soldier of the U.S. Revolutionary War, died at the age of 109. 

1887 – Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller the meaning of the word “water” as spelled out in the manual alphabet.

1892 – Walter H. Coe patented gold leaf in rolls. 

1892 – In New York, the Ithaca Daily Journal published an ad introducing a new 10 cent Ice Cream Specialty called a Cherry Sunday. 

1895 – Playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde had been accused of homosexual practices. 

1908 – The Japanese Army reached the Yalu River as the Russians retreated. 

1919 – Eamon de Valera became president of Ireland. 

1923 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began the first regular production of balloon tires. 

1930 – Mahatma Ghandi defied British law by making salt in India. 

1933 – The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. 

1941 – German commandos secured docks along the Danube River in preparation for Germany’s invasion of the Balkans. 

1951 – Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for committing espionage for the Soviet Union. 

1953 – Jomo Kenyatta was convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison for orchestrating the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya. 

1955 – Winston Churchill resigned as British prime minister. 

1984 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers) became the all-time NBA regular season scoring leader when he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 31,419 career points. 

1985 – John McEnroe said “any man can beat any woman at any sport, especially tennis.” 

1986 – A discotheque in Berlin was bombed by Libyan terrorists. The U.S. attacked Libya with warplanes in retaliation on April 15, 1986. 

1987 – FOX Broadcasting Company launched “Married….With Children” and “The Tracey Ullman Show”. The two shows were the beginning of the FOX lineup. 

1989 – In Poland, accords were signed between Solidarity and the government that set free elections for June 1989. The eight-year ban on Solidarity was also set to be lifted. 

1998 – The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan opened becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world. It links Shikoku and Honshu. The bridge cost about $3.8 billion. 

1999 – Two Libyans suspected of bombing a Pan Am jet in 1988 were handed over so they could be flown to the Netherlands for trial. 270 people were killed in the bombing. 

1999 – In Laramie, WY, Russell Henderson pled guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard. 

2004 – Near Mexico City’s international airport, lightning struck the jet Mexican President Vicente Fox was on. 

2009 – North Korea launched the Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket, prompting an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

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