GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, October 05, the 278th day of 2014
with 87 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:45 and sunset is
@ 6:20. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter,
Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1796 – Spain declared war on Britain, during the
1813 – During the War of 1812, British troops allied with Indians
under Tecumseh, were defeated at the Battle of the Thames near
Ontario,Canada, by General William H. Harrison’s American
forces.Tecumseh was killed in the battle.
1877 – Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians surrendered to U.S.
General Nelson A. Miles in the Bear Paw Mountains, Montana, after a
1,700-mile trek to reach Canada falls 40 miles short.
1880 – First ballpoint pen with its own ink supply and retractable tip
was patented by Alonzo T. Cross.
1892 – The Dalton Gang was nearly wiped out while trying to rob two
banks simultaneously in their hometown of Coffeyville, Kansas. Emmett
Dalton, the only survivor, was wounded and sentenced to life in
1908 -Bulgaria declared its independence from Turkey.
1910 -Portugal was proclaimed a republic when King Manuel II was
driven from the country by revolutionaries.
1911 – Italian troops occupied Tripoli, in Libya, during its war with Turkey.
1915 -Germany issued an apology and promises for payment for the 128
American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship
1947 – U.S. President Harry Truman delivered the first televised White
1950 -Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life” had its TV premiere.
1953 -Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th Chief Justice of the U.S.
1969 – A Cuban defector entered U.S. airspace undetected and landed a
MIG-17 at an Air Force base near Miami, Florida.
1970 – British trade commissioner James Richard Cross was kidnapped in
Canadaby militant Quebec separatists.
1970 -Anwar Sadat succeeded Gamal Nasser as president of Egypt.
1974 – American David Kunst completed the first round-the-world
journey on foot, taking four years and 21 of shoes to accomplish the
14,450-mile journey across four continents.
1986 – Soldiers from Nicaragua’s Communist government shot down a U.S.
cargo plane found to be carrying military supplies to the Contras, who
were waging a guerilla war against the ruling Sandinista government.
Survivor Eugene Hasenfus admitted he was employed by the CIA.
1989 – A jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, convicted former PTL
evangelist Jim Bakker of using his television show to defraud
1999 -MCI WorldCom, Inc. announced a $115 billion deal to take over
2001 -Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
2001 -Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants set a new mark for home
runs in a single season, hitting his 71st and 72nd.
2003 -Israel bombed an Islamic Jihad base in Syria.