GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, May 10, the 130th day of 2017 with 235 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:27 and sunset is @ 7:53. The full ” Flower Moon,” is exact @ 5:44 PM EDT. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1503 – Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands. 

1676 – Bacon’s Rebellion, which pits frontiersmen against the government, began. 

1768 – The imprisonment of the journalist John Wilkes as an outlaw provoked violence in London. Wilkes was returned to parliament as a member for Middlesex. 

1773 – The English Parliament passed the Tea Act, which taxed all tea in the U.S. colonies. 

1774 – Louis XVI ascended the throne of France. 

1775 – Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold led an attack on the British Fort Ticonderoga and captured it from the British. 

1796 – Napoleon Bonaparte won a brilliant victory against the Austrians at Lodi bridge in Italy. 

1840 – Mormon leader Joseph Smith moved his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they had experienced in Missouri. 

1857 – The Seepoys of India revolted against the British Army. 

1865 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops near Irvinville, GA. 

1869 – Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. A golden spike was driven in at the celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S. 

1872 – Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for the U.S. presidency. 

1876 – Richard Wagner’s “Centennial Inaugural March” was heard for the first time at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA. 

1898 – A vending machine law was enacted in Omaha, NE. It cost $5,000 for a permit. 

1908 – The first Mother’s Day observance took place during a church service in Grafton, West Virginia. 

1924 – J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

1927 – The Hotel Statler in Boston, MA. became the first hotel to install radio headsets in each of its 1,300 rooms. 

1928 – WGY-TV in Schenectady, NY, began regular television programming. 

1930 – The Adler Planetarium opened to the public in Chicago, IL. 

1933 – The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany. 

1940 – Germany invaded Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. 

1941 – England’s House of Commons was destroyed by a German air raid. 

1941 – Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission. 

1942 – U.S. forces in the Philippines began to surrender to the Japanese. 

1943 – U.S. troops invaded Attu in the Aleutian Islands to expel the Japanese. 

1960 – The U.S.S. Triton completed the first circumnavigation of the globe under water. The trip started onFebruary 16. 

1962 – Marvel Comics published the first issue of “The Incredible Hulk.” 

1968 – Preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris. 

1969 – The National and American Football Leagues announced their plans to merge for the 1970-71 season. 

1978 – Britain’s Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon announced they were divorcing after 18 years of marriage. 

1982 – Elliott Gould made his dramatic television debut after 30 movies in 17 years. He starred in “The Rules of Marriage” on CBS-TV. 

1986 – Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the Blue Angels team. 

1994 – Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president. 

1997 – An earthquake in northeastern Iran killed at least 2,400 people. 

1999 – China broke off talks on human rights with the U.S. in response to NATO’s accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia. 

1999 – The Cezanne painting “Still Life With Curtain, Pitcher and Bowl of Fruit” sold for 60.5 million. 

2000 – 11,000 residents were evacuated in Los Alamos, NM, due to a fire that was blown into a canyon. The fire had been deliberately set to clear brush. 

2001 – Boeing Co. announced that it would be moving its headquarters to Chicago, IL. 

2001 – In Ghana, 121 people were killed in a stampede at a soccer game. 

2002 – Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. Hanssen, an FBI agent, had sold U.S. secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds. 

2002 – Taiwan test fired a locally made Sky Bow II surface-to-air missile for the first time. They also fired three U.S.-made Hawk missiles. 

2002 – Dr. Pepper announced that it would be introducing a new flavor, Red Fusion, for the first time in 117 years. 

2011 – It was announced that Microsoft had closed a deal to purchase the internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion. 

2013 – In New York, NY, crane operators hoisted the final pieces of the spire atop One World Trade Center (formerly called the Freedom Tower). 

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