GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, October 12, the 286th day of 2016 with 80 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:53 and sunset is @ 6:07. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1492 – Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, sighted Watling Island in the Bahamas. He believed that he had found Asia while attempting to find a Western ocean route to India. The same day he claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain. 

1792 – The first monument honoring Christopher Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore, MD. 

1810 – Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The royalty invited the public to attend the event which became an annual celebration that later became known as Oktoberfest. 

1892 – In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools. 

1895 – In Newport, RI, the first amateur golf tournament was held. 

1915 – Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt criticized U.S. citizens who identified themselves by dual nationalities. 

1920 – Construction of the Holland Tunnel began. It opened on November 13, 1927. The tunnel links Jersey City, NJ and New York City, NY. 

1933 – The U.S. Department of Justice acquired Alcatraz Island from the U.S. Army. 

1937 – “Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons” debuted on radio. 

1938 – Production began on “The Wizard of Oz.” 

1942 – During World War II, Attorney General Francis Biddle announced that Italian nationals in the United States would no longer be considered enemy aliens. 

1945 – Private First Class Desmond T. Doss was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor for outstanding bravery as a medical corpsman. He was the first conscientious objector in American history to win the award. 

1960 – Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded a shoe on his desk during a dispute at a U.N. General Assembly. 

1961 – The first video memoirs by a U.S. president were made. Walter Cronkite interviewed Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

1964 – The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit around the Earth. It was the first space flight to have a multi-person crew and the first flight to be performed without space suits. 

1972 – During the Vietnam War, a racial brawl broke out aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Nearly 50 sailors were injured. 

1976 – China announced that Hua Guo-feng was named to succeed the late Mao Tse-tung as chairman of the Communist Party. 

1988 – Federal prosecutors announced that the Sundstrand Corp. would pay $115 million dollars to settle with the Pentagon for overbilling airplane parts over a five-year period. 

1989 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved a statutory federal ban on the destruction of the American flag. 

1993 – The play “Mixed Emotions” opened at the John Golden Theatre. 

1994 – Haitian military leader Raoul Cedras was granted political asylum by Panama. 

1994 – The Magellan space probe ended its four-year mission to Venus for the purpose of mapping. 

1997 – The St. Francis Basilica and 15th-century bell tower above Foligno city hall in Italy were damaged by 3 earthquakes. 

1998 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Online Copyright Bill. 

1999 – Rob Reiner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

1999 – In Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup that toppled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Supreme Court ruled that the coup was legal but insisted that a civilian government be restored within three years. 

2001 – A special episode of America’s Most Wanted was aired that focused on 22 wanted terrorists. The show was specifically requested by U.S. President George W. Bush. 

2006 – The Dow Jones industrial average advanced over 11,900 for the first time. 

2015 – It was announced that Dell was buying EMC for around $67 billion. 

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