GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, February 29, the 60th day of 2016 with 306 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:21 and sunset is @ 5:32. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are, Mercury & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn & Uranus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1288 – Scotland established this day as one when a woman could propose marriage to a man. In the event that he refused the proposal he was required to pay a fine. 

1860 – The first electric tabulating machine was invented by Herman Hollerith. 

1904 – In Washington, DC, a seven-man commission was created to hasten the construction of the Panama Canal. 

1940 – Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Oscar. She won Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind.” 

1944 – The invasion of the Admiralty Islands began with “Operation Brewer.” U.S. General Douglas MacArthur led his forces onto Los Negros. 

1944 – Dorothy McElroy Vredenburgh of Alabama became the first woman to be appointed secretary of a national political party. She was appointed to the Democratic National Committee. 

1944 – The Office of Defense Transportation, for the second year in a row, restricted attendance at the Kentucky Derby to residents of the Louisville area. This was an effort to prevent a railroad traffic burden during wartime. 

1964 – Dawn Fraser got her 36th world record. The Australian swimmer was timed at 58.9 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle in Sydney, Australia. 

1972 – Jack Anderson revealed a memo written by ITT’s Washington lobbyist, Dita Beard, that connected ITT’s funding of part of the Republican National Convention. 

1988 – “Day by Day” premiered on NBC-TV. 

2010 – In Japan, the Tokyo Skytree tower was completed as the tallest tower in the world.

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