GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, December 17, the 351st day of 2014 with 14 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:07 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: 1777 – France recognized American independence.
1903 – Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright went on the first successful manned and self-propelled airplane flights, at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1957 – The United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile.
1969 – An estimated 50 million TV viewers watched singer Tiny Tim marry his fiancé, Miss Vicky, on NBC’s “Tonight Show.”
1989 – “The Simpsons” premieres on TV.
1996 – Kofi Annan of Ghana was appointed United Nations Secretary-General.