GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, August 17, the 229th day of 2014 with 136 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:52 and sunset is @ 7:44. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Mercury & Saturn.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1590 – John White, the leader of 117 colonists sent in 1587
to Roanoke Island (North Carolina) to establish a colony, returned from a trip to England to find the settlement deserted. No trace of the settlers was ever found.
1903 – The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded, as Joseph Pulitzer made a million-dollar donation to Columbia University.
1915 – Charles F. Kettering of Detroit, Michigan patented an electric self-starter for automobiles.
1945 – Indonesian nationalists declared their independence from the Netherlands.
1954 – The Newport Jazz Festival opened at the Newport Casino in Rhode Island.
1978 – The Double Eagle II completed the first transatlantic balloon flight when it landed in a barley field near Paris, 137 hours after lifting off from Presque Isle, Maine.
1999 – An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale struck northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000 people.