GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, December 19, the 353rd day of 2014 with 12 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:09 and sunset is @ 4:13. 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: 1154 – Henry II was crowned king of England.
1562 – The French Wars of Religion between the Huguenots and the Catholics began with the Battle of Dreux.
1732 – Benjamin Franklin began publishing “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”
1777 – General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge,Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter. Nearly 3000 died during the very severe winter.
1842 – Hawaii’s independence was recognized by the United States.
1843 – “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens was published.
1871 – Corrugated paper was patented by Albert L. Jones of New York.
1903 – The Williamsburg Bridge opened, spanning the East River between New York City and Brooklyn.
1950 – General Dwight D. Eisenhower was named Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military forces.
1972 – Apollo 17, the sixth and last of the Apollo landing missions, safely returned to Earth.
1984 – Britain and China signed an accord to return Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
1997 – The epic movie “Titanic,” the highest grossing film ever made, opened in American movie theaters.
1998 – U.S. President Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of justice, becoming only the second chief executive to be ordered to stand trial in the Senate. Andrew Johnson, like Clinton, was impeached and acquitted.
2000 – The U.N. Security Council voted to impose broad sanctions on Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers unless they closed terrorist training camps and surrendered U.S. embassy bombing suspect Osama bin Laden.