GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, February 21, the 51st day of 2015 with 313 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:33 and sunset is @ 5:22. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, & Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1795 – Freedom of worship was established in France.
1804 – British engineer Richard Trevithick demonstrated the first steam engine to run on rails.
1838 – Samuel F.P. Morse gave the first public demonstration of his telegraph.
1842 – John J. Greenough of Washington, D.C. patented the sewing machine.
1848 – The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, was published in London by the Communist League.
1866 – Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati.
1878 – The first telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Company of New Haven, Connecticut.
1885 – The 555-foot-high Washington Monument was dedicated.
1916 – In World War I, the Battle of Verdun in northeast France began when German artillery barraged the French lines.
1925 – The first issue of “The New Yorker” went on sale.
1947 – Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.
1972 – Richard M. Nixon arrived in China for an eight-day official visit. He was the first U.S. president to visit the People’s Republic of China since its inception in 1949.
1975 – Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman, and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2.5-8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.
1995 – Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, landing in Saskatchewan, Canada.
2000 – David Letterman returns to The Late Show after having an emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery