GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, December 08, the 342nd day of 2014 with 23 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:00 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: 1776 – George Washington’s retreating army in the American Revolution crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
1854 – Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be an article of faith.
1863 – President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
1879 – Louisiana ratified a new state constitution and moved the capital from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
1886 – The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
1940 – During the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe (German air force) launched a massive attack on London.
1941 – The United States entered World War II as Congress declared war on Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Britain and Australia also declared war on Japan.
1987 – President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first treaty to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the two superpowers.
1991 – The leaders of Russia, Byelorussia, and the Ukraine signed an agreement forming a Commonwealth of Independent States to replace the USSR; the decision was denounced by President Mikhail Gorbachev as unconstitutional.
1993 – President Bill Clinton signed into U.S. law the North American Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA).
1995 – The Grateful Dead announced it was breaking up after 30 years, just four months after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.