GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, December 14, the 348th day of 2014 with 17 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:05 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: 1819 – Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state. At that point, there were 11 slave states and 11 free states.

1900 – German physicist Max Planck published his groundbreaking study of the effect of radiation on a “blackbody” substance, and the quantum theory of modern physics was born.
1911 – Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole, beating out an expedition led by Robert F. Scott.
1939 – The Soviet Union was dropped from the League of Nations.
1946 – The United Nations General Assembly voted to establish United Nations headquarters inNew York. They also voted to accept a gift of more than $8 million from American philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., to be used toward the establishment of permanent theUnited Nations headquarters along New York City’s East River.
1962 – U.S. Mariner II sent the first close-up pictures of the planet Venus back to Earth.
1981 – Israel annexed the Golan Heights, which it had seized from Syria in 1967.
1985 – Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major Native American tribe, becoming principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
1995 – In Paris, leaders from the former Yugoslavia signed the Bosnia peace treaty, formally ending four years of conflict and creating two entities within Bosnia: a Muslim-Croat federation and a Serb republic.
1999 – Charles M. Schulz announced he was retiring the “Peanuts” comic strip.
2000 – America Online and Time Warner merge in an $111 billion deal.

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