GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, December 15, the 349th day of 2014 with 16 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:06 and sunset is @ 4:12. 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: 1654 – A meteorological office established in Tuscany, Italy, began recording daily temperature readings.
1791 – The Bill of Rights, the first 10
amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, went into effect following ratification by Virginia.
1890 – Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River,South Dakota, in a fight with Indian police.
1916 – The French defeated the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun.
1938 – Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Jefferson Memorial took place in Washington, D.C.
1939 – Nylon was first produced commercially, in Delaware.
1939 – The motion picture “Gone With the Wind” premiered in Atlanta.
1948 – Former State Department official Alger Hiss was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on charges of perjury.
1973 – Jean Paul Getty III, the grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, was found alive in southern Italy five months after his kidnapping. Getty, who was named the richest man in the world in 1957, initially refused to pay his grandson’s 3.2-million dollar ransom, and only cooperated after the boy’s severed right ear was sent to a newspaper in Rome. The elder Getty was born on this day in 1892.
1986 – Carnegie Hall reopened after its $50 million renovation.
1996 – Boeing and McDonnell Douglas aircraft manufacturers announced that they would merge, creating the world’s largest aerospace company.