GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, May 08, the 128th day of 2017 with 237 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:30 and sunset is @ 7:50. 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: 1096 – Peter the Hermit and his army reached Hungary. They passed through without incident. 

1450 – Jack Cade’s Rebellion-Kentishmen revolted against King Henry VI. 

1541 – Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River. He called it Rio de Espiritu Santo. 

1794 – Antoine Lavoisier was executed by guillotine. He was the French chemist that discovered oxygen. 

1794 – The United States Post Office was established. 

1846 – The first major battle of the Mexican War was fought. The battle occurred in Palo Alto, TX. 

1847 – The rubber tire was patented by Robert W. Thompson. 

1879 – George Selden applied for the first automobile patent. 

1886 – Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented what would later be called “Coca-Cola.” 

1904 – U.S. Marines landed in Tangier to protect the Belgian legation. 

1914 – The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. 

1915 – H.P. Whitney’s Regret became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby. 

1919 – The first transatlantic flight took-off by a navy seaplane. 

1921 – Sweden abolished capital punishment. 

1933 – Gandhi began a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India. 

1939 – Clay Puett’s electric starting gate was used for the first time. 

1943 – The Germans suppressed a revolt by Polish Jews and destroyed the Warsaw Ghetto. 

1945 – U.S. President Harry Truman announced that World War II had ended in Europe. 

1954 – Parry O’Brien became the first to toss a shot put over 60 feet. O’Brien achieved a distance of 60 feet 5 1/4 inches. 

1956 – Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of “Mad Magazine” for the first time. 

1958 – U.S. President Eisenhower ordered the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green became the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school. 

1959 – Mike and Marian Ilitch founded “Little Caesars Pizza Treat”. 

1960 – Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Soviet Union resumed. 

1961 – New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise. They chose theMets. 

1970 – Construction workers broke up an anti-war protest on New York City’s Wall Street. 

1973 – Militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered. 

1984 – The Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles. 

1984 – Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) got married on ABC-TV’s “Happy Days.” 

1985 – “New Coke” was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola. 

1986 – Reporters were told that 84,000 people had been evacuated from areas near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Soviet Ukraine. 

1997 – Larry King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

1998 – A pipe burst leaving a million residents without water in Malaysia’s capital area. This added to four days of shortages that 2 million already faced. 

1999 – The first female cadet graduated from The Citadel military college. 

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