GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, the 251st day of 2014 with 114 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:16 and sunset is @ 7:08. The Full Harvest Moon is exact @ 9:38 PM . The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1504 – Michelangelo’s 13-foot marble statue of David was unveiled in Florence, Italy.

1565 – San Augustin (Florida) was founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés — making it the oldest city in North America. It was built near the site where Ponce de Léon, the discoverer of Florida, landed in 1513.

1636 – Harvard College (originally Cambridge College) was founded, the first college in the U.S.

1760 – French surrendered the city of Montreal to the British.

1900 – Galveston, Texas, was devastated by a hurricane that kills over 6,000 people. It is considered to be the single worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

1906 – Robert Turner invented the automatic typewriter’s return carriage.

1917 – Eugene Bullard became the first African-American combat aviator in a reconnaissance mission over France.

1920 – New York-to-San Francisco air mail service was started.

1921 – Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C. was named the first Miss America.

1930 – The “Blondie” comic strip was first printed.

1935 – Senator Huey P. Long was shot and mortally wounded in Louisiana’s state capitol. He died two days later.

1941 – Nazi Germany began its siege of Leningrad, which lasted 900 days. When the siege finally ended in January of 1944, Leningrad’s population had been reduced to 600,000 people from 2,500,000 million.

1944 – First German long-range rocket (V2) was launched from Holland and fell on London.

1955 – United States, Australia, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, andThailand signed the mutual defense treaty that established the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

1960 – NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, was dedicated.

1966 – Television program “Star Trek” premiered.

1966 – Television program “Tarzan” premiered.

1971 – The Kennedy Center opened in Washington, D.C.

1974 – President Gerald Ford issued an unconditional pardon to former President Richard Nixon.

1986 – “The Oprah Winfrey Show” premiered.

1990 – Ellis Island Historical Site opened on Ellis Island, New York City.

1994 – A U.S. Air Boeing 737 crashed at the Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all 132 people on board.

1998 – St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris’ single-season home-run record of 61.

2001 – The World Conference against Racism ends in Durban, South Africa.

2003 – The Recording Industry Association of America filed 261 lawsuits against individuals for copyright infringement, accusing them of unauthorized sharing of files containing copyrighted material, including 12-year-old Brianna LaHara.

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