GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, December 05, the 339th day of 2014 with 26 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:57 and sunset is @ 4:11. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1766 – James Christie, founder of the famous auctioneers, held his first sale in London.

1776 – The first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was
organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
1792 – George Washington was re-elected President; John Adams was re-elected Vice President.
1848 – President James Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ’49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.
1876 – President Ulysses S. Grant apologized to Congress for mistakes he claimed he had made during his presidency.
1933 – German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa, making it possible for him to travel to the United States.
1933 – Prohibition came to an end in the United States as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, repealing the 18th Amendment.
1952 – “The Abbott and Costello Show” premiered on TV.
1955 – American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO under its first president, George Meany.
1956 – Under pressure from the United States and the United Nations, British and French forces occupying the Suez Canal in Egypt began their withdrawal from Egypt.
1988 – The Reverend Jim Bakker, a popular television evangelist and founder of the PTL organization, was indicted by a federal grand jury in North Carolina on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy.
1994 – Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.
1996 – U.S. President Bill Clinton nominated Madeleine Albright as secretary of state; she would become the highest-ranking woman ever in the federal government.

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