GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 06, the 249th day of 2014 with 116 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:14 and sunset is @ 7:11. 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: 394 – Theodosius became sole ruler of Italy after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the River Frigidus.
1552 – One of Ferdinand Magellan’s ships returned to Spain, having successfully circumnavigated the globe.
1837 – First U.S. coeducational college opened in Oberlin, Ohio — the Oberlin Collegiate Institute (now Oberlin College).
1869 – The first major coal mine disaster in the U.S. took place at Avondale, Pennsylvania. A fire broke out in a mineshaft and 110 miners were trapped inside and died.
1899 – Carnation Company made the first can of evaporated milk.
1901 – President William McKinley was mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley died eight days later and Theodore Roosevelt became President.
1907 – Luxury liner Lusitania departed London for New York on her maiden voyage.
1909 – Word was received from American explorer Robert Peary that he had reached the North Pole five months earlier.
1920 – First prizefight broadcasted on the radio (Jack Dempsey v. Billy Miske).
1936 – Beryl Markham flew the first east-to-west solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1939 – South Africa declared war on Germany.
1952 – Canadian television broadcasting began in Montreal.
1953 – The last official act of the Korean War took place as American and Korean prisoners are exchanged in Operation Big Switch.
1954 – Ground-breaking ceremony was held for the first U.S. nuclear power plant (Shippingport,Pennsylvania).
1955 – “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” premiered on TV.
1966 – South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd was stabbed to death by a parliamentary page during a session in Cape Town. Verwoerd was an architect of South Africa’s racist apartheid policies.
1975 – Czechoslovakian tennis star Martina Navratilova requested U.S. asylum.
1988 – Lee Roy Young became the first African-American Texas Ranger.
1989 – Ben Johnson’s victories were removed from the record books after tests showed that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.
1991 – Soviet government recognized the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania.
1991 – Leningrad’s name changed back to St. Petersburg.
1997 – Princess Diana’s funeral was held in Westminster Abbey.
2000 – The Millennium Summit takes place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
2001 – Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
2004 – Former President Bill Clinton underwent successful heart bypass surgery during a four-hour procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia.