GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, October 13, the 286th day of 2014 with
79 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:54 and sunset is
@ 6:07. 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:1307 – Members of the Knights of Templar are arrested
throughout France, imprisoned and tortured by the order of King Philip
the Fair of France.
1670 – Virginia passed a law that blacks arriving in the colonies as
Christians cannot be used as slaves.
1775 – The Continental Congress authorized the first American naval
force. Later in the year, Esek Hopkins is appointed the first
commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy.
1792 – The Executive Mansion (later White House) cornerstone block was
laid by President George Washington; it was designed by Irish-American
architect James Hoban. John Adams was the first President to occupy
1812 – During the War of 1812, British and Indian forces under Sir
Isaac Brock defeated Americans under General Stephen Van Rensselaer at
the Battle of Queenstown Heights, effectively ending further United
States invasion of Canada.
1843 – The Jewish organization B’nai B’rith (meaning “Sons of the
Covenant”) was founded in New York City by Henry Jones and 11 others.
1860 – The first aerial photo was taken in the U.S., from a hot air
balloon over Boston.
1903 – The Boston Americans defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in
baseball’s first World Series.
1904 – Sigmund Freud’s “The Interpretation of Dreams” was published.
1923 – Ankara replaced Istanbul as the capital of Turkey.
1943 – Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner.
1962 – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” by Edward Albee, opened on Broadway.
1970 – Angela Yvonne Davis, a former philosophy professor at the
University of California, black militant, and self-proclaimed
Communist, was arrested for supplying weapons used in a courtroom
shootout in California.
1998 – National Basketball Association canceled the first two weeks of
its regular season because of a lockout.