GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, August 18, the 231st day of 2015 with 135 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:53 and sunset is @ 7:43. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1227 – The Mongol conqueror Ghengis Khan died. 

1587 – Virginia Dare became the first child to be born on American soil of English parents. The colony that is now Roanoke Island, NC, mysteriously vanished. 

1735 – The “Evening Post” of Boston, MA, was published for the first time. 

1840 – The American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York City, NY. 

1846 – Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and his U.S. forces captured Santa Fe, NM. 

1894 – The Bureau of Immigration was established by the U.S. Congress. 

1914 – The “Proclamation of Neutrality” was issued by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It was aimed at keeping the U.S. out of World War I. 

1916 – Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace was made into a national shrine. 

1919 – The “Anti-Cigarette League of America” was formed in Chicago IL. 

1920 – Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment guaranteed the right of all American women to vote. 

1937 – The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later. 

1938 – The Thousand Islands Bridge was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The bridge connects the U.S. and Canada. 

1940 – Canada and the U.S. established a joint defense plan against the possible enemy attacks during World War II. 

1958 – Vladimir Nabokov’s novel “Lolita” was published. 

1963 – James Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi. He was the first black man to accomplish this feat. 

1966 – The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S. 

1980 – George Brett (Kansas City Royal) had his batting average reach the .400 mark. 

1981 – Herschel Walker of the University of Georgia took out an insurance policy with Lloyd’s of London. The all-American was insured for one million dollars. 

1982 – The volume on the New York Stock Exchange topped the 100-million level for the first time at 132.69 million shares traded. 

1982 – The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL, went 21 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1. 

1987 – Earl Campbell announced his retirement from the National Football League (NFL). 

1990 – The first shots were fired by the U.S. in the Persian Gulf Crisis when a U.S. frigate fired rounds across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker. 

1991 – An unsuccessful coup was attempted in against President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The Soviet hard-liners were responsible. Gorbechev and his family were effectively imprisoned for three days while vacationing in Crimea. 

1992 – Larry Bird, after 13 years with the Boston Celtics, announced his retirement. 

1997 – Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute’s 158-year history. 

1997 – Patrick Swayze received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

1998 – Mrs. Field’s Original Cookies announced that they would acquire the Great American Cookie Co. 

2004 – Donald Trump unveiled his board game (TRUMP the Game) where players bid on real estate, buy big ticket items and make billion-dollar business deals.

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