GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, the 247th day of 2014 with 118 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:12 and sunset is @ 7:15. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.
ON THIS DAY IN: 476 – Last emperor of the western Roman Empire, Romulus Augustus, was deposed by Odoacer, a German barbarian. Odoacer declared himself king of Italy, but later recognized EmperorZeno of the east as the Roman ruler.
1781 – Los Angeles (El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula) was founded by Spanish settlers.
1862 – Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army invaded Maryland, the start of the Antietam Campaign.
1882 – First municipal electric power station, Pearl Street Station in New York City, built byThomas Edison, gave electricity to first 85 customers.
1886 – Geronimo, the great Apache leader, surrendered to General Nelson A. Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona.
1917 – In France, U.S. forces suffered their first casualty of World War I.
1944 – British troops liberated Antwerp, Belgium.
1948 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated the crown for health reasons. Daughter Julianna becomes queen.
1950 – The “Beetle Bailey” comic strip debuted.
1951 – President Harry Truman held the first live coast-to-coast television broadcast from San Francisco. The broadcast was carried by 94 stations.
1957 – Ford Motor Company brought out the Edsel.
1957 – Arkansas governor Orval Faubus and the Arkansas National Guard prevented nine students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. Three weeks later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent 1,000 Army paratroopers there to guarantee peaceful desegregation of the school.
1971 – An Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau. One-hundred and eleven people died.
1972 – U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz won a record seventh gold medal in the Olympic Games inMunich.
1984 – Brian Mulroney leads the Progressive Conservative Party to power in Canada, ending 20 years of nearly uninterrupted Liberal rule.
1987 – West German Mathias Rust was convicted on charges after landing a plane in Moscow’sRed Square. He was released after serving one year of his four-year sentence to a labor camp.
1995 – The Fourth World Conference on Women opens in Beijing with more than 4,750 delegates from 181 countries attending.