GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, November 09, the 313th day of 2014 with 52 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:22 and sunset is @ 4:28. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte pulled off a coup and declared himself dictator of France.
1872 – A fire spread in windy weather, destroying nearly 800 buildings in Boston.
1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt departed for Panama aboard the battleship Louisiana, on the first official foreign trip in history by a U.S. president.
1918 – Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II announced he would abdicate, then fled to the Netherlandsjust two days before the signing of the Armistice.
1925 – The SS (Schutzstaffel or “Protection Squad)” was formed in Germany.
1935 – United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed theCommittee for Industrial Organization (CIO).
1938 – Bands of Nazis destroyed Jewish shops, synagogues, and beat, or arrested thousands of Jews (and kill 35) in Germany, Austria, and other Nazi-controlled areas. The attack, became known as Kristallnacht or “Crystal Night” for all the broken glass in the streets.
1965 – The Great Northeast Blackout took place in all of New York State, portions of seven neighboring states, and parts of eastern Canada, as they were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13.5 hours.
1972 – Bones discovered by the Leakey family of anthropologists set human origins 1 million years earlier than previously determined.
1983 – Alfred Heineken, beer brewer from Amsterdam, was kidnapped and held for a ransom of more than $10 million.
1988 – Gary Kasparov became world chess champion after beating Anatoly Karpov, the titleholder for 10 years, in Moscow.
1989 – East Germany opened it borders to West Germany and allowed thousands of its citizens to pass freely through the Berlin Wall. The next day, East German troops began dismantling the wall, and less than a year later, East Germany and West Germany were formally reunited.
2004 – Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens won his record seventh Cy Young award.