GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, November 17, the 321st day of 2014 with 44 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:37 and sunset is @ 4:21. 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: 1534 – The Act of Supremacy, which declared King Henry VIII as head of the Church of England, was passed by Parliament.

1558 – Elizabeth I ascended the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary I at 42, thus beginning the Elizabethan Age.

1800 – The U.S. Congress convened for the first time in Washington, D.C., in the partially completed Capitol building. It was the second session of the Sixth Congress.

1839 – Italy’s Giuseppe Verdi debuted his first opera, “Oberto.”

1869 – The Suez Canal, which had taken 10 years to build, opened to navigation. It stretched 101 miles across the Isthmus of Suez.

1913 – The first ship sailed through the Panama Canal.

1922 – The last sultan of Turkey was deposed by Kemal Atatürk.

1922 – Siberia voted for union with the USSR.

1931 – Charles Lindbergh inaugurated Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying
boat American Clipper.

1962 – Washington’s Dulles International Airport was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.

1969 – US-Soviet talks on strategic arms limitation (SALT) opened in Helsinki.

1970 – The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the Moon, theLunokhod I.

1979 – Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and minority hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis.

2001 – The Taliban confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden’s military chief Mohammed Atefafter an airstrike three days prior.

2003 – Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the 38th governor of California.

2004 – In a surprise move, Kmart acquired Sears for $11 billion.

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