Today is Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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Tuesday: Occasional rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 66. South wind between 10 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Tuesday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog after 2am. Low around 58. South wind between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
What is the source of salt in the ocean?
Ocean water is 3.3 to 3.7 percent salt on average. Most of it simply comes from Earth's land, dissolving over millions of years. Some of it comes from salty volcanic rock.
Events & Announcements
Board of Selectmen, 7:30 pm, Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center, Meeting Room A
MAY 17 – 19 WCSU Off-Broadway Production: The WCSU theatre arts department will present “Almost Maine” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, at the TBG Theatre, 312 West 36th St., 3rd floor in New York. For reservations, call (203) 837-8732.
Today in History
1602 - Cape Cod was discovered by Bartholomew Gosnold.
1862 - The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
1911 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
1918 - Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, began under the direction of the Post Office Department, which later became the U.S. Postal Service.
1926 - Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth were forced down in Alaska after a four-day flight over an icecap. Ice had begun to form on the dirigible Norge.
1926 - The New York Rangers were officially granted a franchise in the NHL. TheNHL also announced that Chicago and Detroit would be joining the league in November.
1940 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S.
1941 - Joe DiMaggio began his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games.
1942 - Gasoline rationing began in the U.S. The limit was 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.
1951 - AT&T became the first corporation to have one million stockholders.
1958 - Sputnik III, the first space laboratory, was launched in the Soviet Union.
1964 - The Smothers Brothers, Dick and Tom, gave their first concert in Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1970 - U.S. President Nixon appointed America's first two female generals.
1970 - Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.
1972 - Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel,MD while campaigning for the U.S. presidency. Wallace was paralyzed by the shot.
1980 - The first transcontinental balloon crossing of the United States took place.
1983 - In Boston,MA, the Madison Hotel was destroyed by implosion.
1990 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" was sold for $82.5 million. The sale set a new world record.