GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, November 22, the 326th day of 2014 with 39 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:43 and sunset is @ 4:17. The New Moon is exact @ 7:33 AM EST. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1497 – Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a route to India.

1718 – English pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach or Edward Thatch) was killed in a battle off the Virginia coast.

1847 – Astor Place Opera House, New York City’s first operatic theater, was opened.

1906 – The SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention.

1935 – The flying boat, The China Clipper, left San Francisco on the first transpacific air-mail flight.

1938 – The first coelacanth, a prehistoric fish thought extinct, was caught off the South African coast.

1943 – President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met to discuss strategies for defeating Japan.

1946 – Biro ball point pens went on sale, invented by Hungarian journalist László Biro.

1963 – President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, shot to death while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald, suspected of assassinating the president, was arrested. Lyndon B. Johnson becomes the 36th President of the United States of America.

1975 – Juan Carlos I was sworn in as King of Spain, two days after the death of General Francisco Franco.

1977 – Passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began.

1986 – The U.S. Justice Department found a memo in Lt. Col. Oliver North’s office on the transfer of $12 million to Contras of Nicaragua from Iranian arms sale.

1988 – The B-2 stealth bomber was revealed to Congress and the media.

1990 – Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister in British history, resigned after 11 years.

1996 – The 86-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa underwent heart surgery in Calcutta, India

2000 – Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney was hospitalized with what doctors called a very slight heart attack.

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