GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

 

 
GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, February 3, the 34th day of 2016 with 332 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:57 and sunset is @ 4:58. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Saturn & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1488 – The Portuguese navigator Bartholomeu Diaz landed at Mossal Bay in the Cape, the first European known to have landed on the southern extremity of Africa. 

1690 – The first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts colony. The currency was used to pay soldiers that were fighting in the war against Quebec. 

1783 – Spain recognized the independence of the United States. 

1809 – The territory of Illinois was created. 

1815 – The world’s first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland. 

1862 – Thomas Edison printed the “Weekly Herald” and distributed it to train passengers traveling between Port Huron and Detroit, MI. It was the first time a newspaper had been printed on a train. 

1869 – Edwin Booth opened his new theatre in New York City. The first production was “Romeo and Juliet”. 

1900 – In Frankfort, KY, gubernatorial candidate William Goebels died from an assasin’s bullet wounds. On August 18, 1900, Ex-Sec. of State Caleb Powers was found guilt of conspiracy to murder Gov. Goebels. 

1913 – The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized the power to impose and collect income tax. 

1916 – In Ottawa, Canada’s original parliament buildings burned down. 

1917 – The U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. 

1918 – The Twin Peaks Tunnel began service. It is the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet. 

1927 – The Federal Radio Commission was created when U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill. 

1941 – In Vichy, France, the Nazis used force to restore Pierre Laval to office. 

1945 – Russia agreed to enter World War II against Japan. 

1946 – The first issue of “Holiday” magazine appeared. 

1947 – Percival Prattisbecame the first black news correspondent admitted to the House and Senate press gallery in Washington, DC. He worked for “Our World” in New York City. 

1951 – Dick Button won the U.S. figure skating title for the sixth time. 

1951 – The Tennessee Williams play, “The Rose Tattoo”, opened on Broadway in New York. 

1966 – The first rocket-assisted controlled landing on the Moon was made by the Soviet space vehicle Luna IX. 

1969 – At the Palestinian National Congress in Cairo, Yasser Arafat was appointed leader of the PLO. 

1972 – The first Winter Olympics in Asia were held at Sapporo, Japan. 

1984 – Challenger 4 was launched as the tenth space shuttle mission. 

1989 – South African politician P.W. Botha unwillingly resigned both party leadership and the presidency after suffering a stroke. 

1998 – Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker. She was the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1984. 

1998 – In Italy, a U.S. Military plane hit a cable causing the death of 20 skiers on a lift. 

2009 – Eric Holder was sworn in as attorney general. He was the first African-American to hold the post. 

2010 – The Alberto Giacometti sculpture L’Homme qui marche sold for $103.7 million. 

2015 – The British House of Commons voted to approve letting scientist create babies from the DNA of three people.

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