GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, August 21, the 233rd day of 2014 with 132 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:57 and sunset is @ 7:38. 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: 1831 – Nat Turner launched a bloody slave insurrection in Southampton County, Virginia, hoping to lead his people out of slavery.

1858 – The famous debates, mainly about slavery, between Senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas began.

1878 – The American Bar Association was founded, in Saratoga, New York.

1901 – The Cadillac Motor Company was formed in Detroit, Michigan, named after the French explorer, Antoine Cadillac.

1911 – Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, the “Mona Lisa,” was stolen from the Louvre in Paris; it was recovered two years later.

1912 – Arthur R. Eldred of Oceanside, New York, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America — the first to earn the award.

1945 – President Harry Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50 billion in aid to America’s allies during World War II.

1959 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the Union.

1991 – Latvia declared independence.

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