GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, August 13, the 226th day of 2016 with 140 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:49 and sunset is @ 7:49. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter & Mars.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1521 – Present day Mexico City was captured by Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez from the Aztec Indians. 

1704 – The Battle of Blenheim was fought during the War of the Spanish Succession, resulting in a victory for English and Austrian forces. 

1792 – French revolutionaries took the entire French royal family and imprisoned them. 

1784 – The United States Legislature met for the final time in Annapolis, MD. 

1846 – The American Flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles, CA. 

1867 – “Under the Gaslight”, by Augustin Daly, opened in New York City, NY. 

1876 – The Reciprocity Treaty between the U.S. and Hawaii was ratified. 

1889 – A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray. 

1912 – The first experimental radio license was issued to St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, PA. 

1931 – The first community hospital in the U.S. was dedicated in Elk City, OK. 

1932 – Adolf Hitler refused to take the post of vice-chancellor of Germany. He said he was going to hold out “for all or nothing.” 

1934 – Al Capp’s comic strip “L’il Abner” made its debut in newspapers. 

1942 – Henry Ford unveiled his “Soybean Car.” It was a plastic-bodied car that weighed about 1000 lbs. less than a steel car. 

1942 – Walt Disney’s “Bambi” opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY. 

Disney movies, music and books 

1959 – In New York, ground was broken on the $320 million Verrazano Narrows Bridge. 

1960 – “Echo I,” a balloon satellite, allowed the first two-way telephone conversation by satellite to take place. 

1961 – Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began. 

1979 – Lou Brock (St. Louis Cardinals) got his 3,000th career hit. 

1985 – The engagement of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenagger was announced. 

1986 – United States Football League standout Herschel Walker signed to play with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. 

1990 – Iraq transferred $3-4 billion in bullion, currency, and other goods seized from Kuwait to Baghdad. 

1992 – Woody Allen began legal action to win custody of his three children. A judge ruled against Allen in 1993.

1994 – It was reported that aspirin not only helps reduce the risk of heart disease, but also helps prevent colon cancer.

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