GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, December 12, the 346th day of 2014 with 19 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:04 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: 1787 – Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America.
1870 – Joseph H. Rainey, Republican of South Carolina, became the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
1896 – The “Katzenjammer Kids,” a comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, debuted in the Sunday supplement of the “New York Journal.”
1896 – Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public demonstration of radio at Toynbee Hall, London.
1899 – The golf tee was patented by George F. Grant of Boston.
1901 – Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi sent the first wireless signal, from England to Newfoundland, 2232 miles away.
1913 – The “Mona Lisa” painting, stolen in 1911 from the Louvre in Paris, was recovered inFlorence, Italy.
1917 – Boys Town was founded by Father Edward Flanagan in Omaha, Nebraska.
1925 – The first motel, the “Motel Inn,” opened in San Luis Obispo, California.
1937 – During the battle for Nanking in the Sino-Japanese War, the U.S. gunboat Panay was attacked and sunk by Japanese warplanes in Chinese waters.
1947 – The United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American Federation of Labor.
1955 – British engineer Christopher Cockerell patented the first hovercraft.
1998 – The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton and submitted the case to the full House.
2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court halted the presidential recount in Florida, effectively making Republican George W. Bush the winner.