GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, April 24, the 114th day of 2017 with 251 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:49 and sunset is @ 7:35. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1519 – Envoys of Montezuma II attended the first Easter mass in Central America. 

1547 – Charles V’s troops defeated the Protestant League of Schmalkalden at the battle of Muhlburg. 

1558 – Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis. 

1800 – The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation. 

1805 – The U.S. Marines attacked and captured the town of Derna in Tripoli. 

1833 – A patent was granted for first soda fountain. 

1877 – Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire. 

1877 – In the U.S., federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the North’s post-Civil War rule in the South. 

1884 – Otto von Bismarck cabled Cape Town that South Africa was now a German colony. 

1889 – The Edison General Electric Company was organized. 

1897 – William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter. 

1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America’s ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba. 

1915 – During World War I, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the mass deportation of Armenians. 

1916 – Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later. 

1944 – The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas. 

1952 – Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the “Gruen Guild Playhouse” in an episode titled, “The Tiger.” 

1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. 

1955 – “X-Minus One,” a science fiction show, was first heard for the first time on NBC radio. 

1961 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions. 

1961 – U.S. President Kennedy accepted “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. 

1962 – MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time. 

1967 – Soviet astronaut Vladimir Komarov died when his craft crashed with a tangled parachute. 

1967 – The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts. 

1970 – The People’s Republic of China launched its first satellite. 

1973 – Albert Sabin reported that herpesviruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer. 

1974 – David Bowie released “Diamond Dogs.” 

1989 – Thousands of students began striking in Beijing. 

1990 – The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. 

1997 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons. 

2000 – ABC-TV aired the TV movie “The Three Stooges.” 

2003 – A U.S. official reported the North Korea had claimed to have nuclear weapons. 

2015 – The Nasdaq Composite closed at a record high of 5092.09. 

2015 – The S&P closed at a record high of 2117.69.

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