GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, August 04, the 216th day of 2014 with 149 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:38 and sunset is @ 8:02. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1753 – George Washington became a Master Mason, the highest rank in the Fraternity of

1790 – The Revenue Cutter service, the forerunner of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, was organized.

1892 – Andrew Borden and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden, Andrew Borden’s daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.

1914 – Britain declared war on Germany while the United States proclaimed its neutrality.

1916 – The United States purchased the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.

1966 – In a U.S. radio interview, John Lennon claimed that the Beatles were probably more popular than Jesus Christ.

1977 – President Jimmy Carter signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy.

1997 – The Teamsters Union went on a 15-day strike against United Parcel Service after talks broke down with nation’s largest package delivery service.

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