GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, July 4, the 185th day of 2014 with 180 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:1 and sunset is @ 8:2. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1776 – The Continental Congress adopted the “Declaration of Independence.”

1802 – The United States Military Academy officially opened at West Point, New York.

1817- Construction began on the Erie Canal, to connectLake Erieand theHudson River.

1832- “America,” written by DrSamuel Francis Smith, was sung in public for the first time, at thePark Street ChurchinBoston.

1845-Henry David Thoreaubegan his two-year simple living experiment atWalden Pond, near Concord,Massachusetts.

1848- The “Communist Manifesto” was published byKarl MarxandFriedrich Engels.

1894- After seizing power, JudgeStanford B. DoledeclaredHawaiia republic.

1946- The United Statesgranted thePhilippine Islandstheir independence.

1955- “The Soupy Sales Show” premiered on TV.

1959- America’s 49-star flag, honoring Alaskan statehood, was officially unfurled.

1960- The 50-star flag, to includeHawaii, made its debut, inPhiladelphia.

1966- PresidentLyndon Johnsonsigned the Freedom of Information Act.

1970-Casey Kasemhosted “American Top 40” on the radio for the first time.

1976- TheUnited Statescelebrates itsbicentennial.

1997-NASA’sMars Pathfinderbecame the first U.S. spacecraft to land onMarsin more than two decades.

2003-Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryantwas arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after a woman accused him of sexual misconduct. The case is later dismissed (September 1, 2004) and the charges dropped when the accuser says she will no longer cooperate.

2004- The cornerstone of theFreedom Toweris laid on the site of theWorld Trade CenterinNew York City.

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