GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, August 08, the 220th day of 2014 with 145 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:43 and sunset is @ 7:56. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mars & Saturn.
ON THIS DAY IN:
117 – Hadrian became emperor of
Rome following the death of his father Trajan.
1844 – Brigham Young was chosen to head The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, succeeding Joseph Smith.
1876 – Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.
1899 – The first household refrigerating machine was patented.
1940 – The Battle of Britain, or “The Blitz,” began when the German air force waged a sustained series of daytime air attacks on Britain.
1942 – During World War II, six German saboteurs who secretly entered the United States on a mission to attack its civil infrastructure were executed by the United States for spying; two others were imprisoned.
1945 – President Harry Truman signed the United Nations Charter.
1963 – Britain’s “Great Train Robbery” took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds.
1974 – President Richard M. Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.
1994 – Israel and Jordan opened the first road link between the two countries.