GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, August 24, the 236th day of 2014 with
129 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:00 and sunset is @
7:33. 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: 79 – Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities
of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash and killing an estimated
410 – The Visigoths (German barbarians), led by Alaric, sacked Rome.
1542 – In South America, Gonzalo Pizarro returned to the mouth of the
Amazon River after having sailed as far as the Andes Mountains.
1682 – The Duke of York awarded Englishman William Penn the three
“lower counties” in the American colonies which later became the state
1814 – British forces invaded Washington, D.C., setting fire to the
Capitol and the White House.
1821 – Eleven years after the outbreak of the Mexican War of
Independence, Spanish ViceroyJuan de O’Donojú signed the Treaty of
Córdoba, which made Mexico an independent constitutional monarchy.
1857 – The catalyst for the Panic of 1857 was this day’s failure of
the New York branch of the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company.
1891 – Thomas Edison filed a patent for the motion picture camera.
1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across
the United States, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey,
in just over 19 hours.
1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect.
1981 – Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to
life in prison for the murder of rock musician John Lennon.
1989 – Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Cincinnati
Reds manager Pete Rose from the game for gambling.
1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as First Secretary of the USSR
1995 – The Windows 95 operating system by Microsoft is released with
2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term
“planet” such that Pluto is no longer considered a planet.