GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, December 22, the 356th day of 2014 with 09 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:10 and sunset is @ 4:14. 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: 1775 – The Continental Navy was organized in the American colonies under the command of Ezek Hopkins.
1807 – Congress passed the Embargo Act, designed to force peace between Britain and Franceand keep the United States out of their war by cutting off all trade with Europe.
1894 – French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a court-martial that triggered worldwide charges of anti-Semitism. He was sent to Devil’s Island but was later vindicated.
1894 – The United States Golf Association (USGA) was founded.
1895 – German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray.
1938 – The first coelacanth to be identified was caught in the Bay of Chalumna off South Africa. The fish, thought extinct for 50 million years, was later named Latimeria-Chalumnae.
1944 – During the Battle of the Bulge, General Anthony McAuliffe responded to a German surrender request with a one word answer: “Nuts!”
1956 – The first gorilla was born in captivity, “Colo” in Columbus Ohio.
1961 – James Davis became the first U.S. soldier to die in Vietnam.
1989 – Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausçescu was overthrown in a revolutionary coup.
2001 – Richard C. Reid, a passenger on a flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers.