GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, December 24, the 358th day of 2014 with 07 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:11 and sunset is @ 4:15. 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: 1814 – The War of
1812 officially ended as the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.
1851 – Fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying around 2/3 of its collection, including 2/3 of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, sold to the institution in 1815.
1865 – Some veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski,Tennessee, called the Ku Klux Klan. The name of the Ku Klux Klan is derived from the Greek word kuklos, meaning circle, and clann, a Scottish Gaelic word for the traditional tribal units of Scotland that reflects the Scottish ancestry of many of the KKK’s founding members.
1871 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida” had its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt, to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal.
1914 – In World War I, the first air raid on Britain was made when a German airplane dropped a bomb on the grounds of a rectory in Dover.
1919 – John D. Rockefeller, thought to be the world’s richest man, gave away $100 million dollars.
1942 – German rocket engineer Wernher von Braun launched the first surface-to-surface guided missile.
1943 – General Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed the Allied Supreme Commander, even though most thought Chief of Staff George C. Marshall would get the nod.
1948 – “The Perry Como Show” premiered on TV.
1951 – Libya achieved independence as the United Kingdom of Libya, under King Idris I.
1963 – New York’s Idlewild Airport was renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport in honor of the assassinated President John F. Kennedy.
1979 – Afghanistan was invaded by Soviet Union troops as the Kabul government fell.
1992 – President George Bush pardoned six Reagan aides involved in the Iran-Contra Affair, including Caspar W. Weinberger, former secretary of defense, and Robert C. McFarlane, former national security advisor.
2002 – Laci Peterson was reported missing from her Modesto, California home by her husband, Scott, who was later convicted of murdering her and their unborn son.