GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, November 3, the 308th day of 2016 with 58 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:20 and sunset is @ 5:35. 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: 1507 – Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa. 

1631 – The Reverend John Eliot arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was the first Protestant minister to dedicate himself to the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity. 

1793 – Stephen F. Austin was born. He was the principal founder of Texas. 

1796 – John Adams was elected the 2nd U.S. President. 

1839 – The first Opium War between China and Britain erupted. 

1892 – The first automatic telephone went into service at LaPorte, IN. The device was invented by Almon Strowger. 

1900 – The first automobile show in the United States opened at New York’s Madison Square Garden. 

1903 – Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia. 

1911 – Chevrolet Motor Car Company was founded by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant. 

1934 – The first race track in California opened under a new pari-mutuel betting law. 

1941 – U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Grew warned that the Japanese may be planning a sudden attack on the U.S. 

1952 – Frozen bread was offered for sale for the first time in a supermarket in Chester, NY. 

1953 – The Rules Committee of organized baseball restored the sacrifice fly. The rule had not been used since 1939. 

1957 – Sputnik II was launched by the Soviet Union. It was the second manmade satellite to be put into orbit and was the first to put an animal into space, a dog named Laika. 

1973 – The U.S. launched the Mariner 10 spacecraft. On March 29, 1974 it became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. 

1975 – “Good Morning America” premiered on ABC-TV. 

1979 – Five members of the Communist Workers’ Party are shot to death in broad daylight at an anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Greensboro, NC. Eight others were wounded. 

1986 – The Ash-Shiraa, pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran to secure the release of seven American hostages. The story turned into the Iran-Contra affair. 

1987 – China told the U.S. that it would halt the sale of arms to Iran. 

1991 – Israeli and Palestinian representatives held their first-ever face-to-face talks in Madrid, Spain. 

1992 – Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman U.S. senator. 

1994 – Susan Smith of Union, SC, was arrested for drowning her two sons. Nine days earlier Smith had claimed that the children had been abducted by a black carjacker. 

1995 – U.S. President Clinton dedicated a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. 

1998 – Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, died at the age of 83. 

1998 – A state-run newspaper in Iraq urged the country to prepare for to battle “the U.S. monster.” 

1998 – Minnesota elected Jesse “The Body” Ventura, a former pro wrestler, as its governor. 

2002 – At Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong, 777 people assembled a 58,435 square foot jigsaw puzzle with 21,600 pieces. 

2003 – In Kabul, Afghanistan, a post-Taliban draft constitution was unveiled. 

2005 – Walt Disney Pictures released “Chicken Little.” It was the first Disney film completely created with computer animation. 

2014 – In New York City, One World Trade Center opened for business.

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