GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 05, the 248th day of 2014 with 117 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:13 and sunset is @ 7:13. 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: 3114 B.C.E. – From this day was reckoned the Mayan Long Count end-of-the-world date: December 21, 2012.
1774 – First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia. Delegates drafted a declaration of rights and grievances and elected Virginian Peyton Randolph as the first president of Congress.
1836 – Sam Houston elected president of the Republic of Texas.
1877 – Sioux chief Crazy Horse was killed in jail by a U.S. soldier. A year earlier, Crazy Horse and his followers defeated General George Custer at Little Bighorn in Montana, killing Custer and 264 others.
1882 – First Labor Day parade was held with 10,000 workers in attendance in New York City. This first celebration was initiated by Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader who cofounded the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions.
1905 – Russo-Japanese War ended with signing of Treaty of Portsmouth in New Hampshire.
1910 – Marie Curie demonstrated radium’s transformation from ore to metal at the Academy of Sciences in France.
1914 – Battle of Marne began. The British and French fought the Germans for six days, resulting in 500,000 casualties.
1914 – Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional for Providence in the International League.
1957 – Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” was published.
1958 – “Doctor Zhivago” by Boris Pasternak, was published in the U.S.
1972 – Members of the Black September faction of the Palestinian Liberation Army attacked the Israeli delegation at the Munich Olympic Games Village. Seventeen people died in the incident.
1975 – President Gerald R. Ford escaped an assassination attempt by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, California.
1980 – Longest tunnel, St. Gotthard Automobile Tunnel in Switzerland, opened.
1983 – “MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour” premiered, the first regularly scheduled daily hour news show.
1986 – Pan Am Flight 73 with 358 people on board is hijacked at Karachi International Airport by four armed men of the Abu Nidal organization.
2001 – Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants set a new mark for home runs in a single season, hitting his 71st and 72nd.