GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, December 30, the 364th day of 2014 with 01 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:13 and sunset is @ 4:19. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

1853 – The United States bought 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase. The treaty established the final boundaries of the southern United States.

1862 – The Union ironclad ship USS Monitor (famous for her battle with the Merrimac) sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm.
1879 – Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” was first performed, in England.
1880 – In British South Africa, the Transvaal province was declared an independent Boer republic, which set off an armed conflict with Britain.
1911 – Sun Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China.
1922 – Vladimir I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, comprising a confederation of Russia, Byelorussia, the Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation.
1940 – California’s first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.
1948 – “Kiss Me Kate” opened on Broadway, New York City.
1951 – “The Roy Rogers Show” premiered on TV.
1963 – “Let’s Make a Deal” premiered on television.
1965 – Ferdinand E. Marcos was sworn in as the Philippine Republic’s sixth president.
1972 – The United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.

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