GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, June 19, the 168th day of 2017 with 197 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:24. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 0240 BC – Eratosthenes estimated the circumference of the Earth using two sticks. 

1586 – English colonists sailed away from Roanoke Island, NC, after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in America. 

1778 – U.S. General George Washington’s troops finally left Valley Forge after a winter of training. 

1821 – The Ottomans defeated the Greeks at the Battle of Dragasani. 

1846 – The New York Knickerbocker Club played the New York Club in the first baseball game at the Elysian Field, Hoboken, NJ. It was the first organized baseball game. 

1862 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed slavery in U.S. territories. 

1864 – The USS Kearsarge sank the CSS Alabama off of Cherbourg, France. 

1865 – The emancipation of slaves was proclaimed in Texas. 

1867 – In New York, the Belmont Stakes was run for the first time. 

1873 – Eadweard Muybridge successfully photographed a horse named “Sallie Gardner” in fast motion using a series of 24 stereoscopic cameras. This is considered the first step toward motion pictures. 

1903 – The young school teacher, Benito Mussolini, was placed under investigation by police in Bern, Switzerland. 

1910 – The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington. 

1911 – In Pennsylvania, the first motion-picture censorship board was established. 

1912 – The U.S. government established the 8-hour work day. 

1917 – During World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames. 

1933 – France granted Leon Trotsky political asylum. 

1934 – The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration was established. 

1934 – The U.S. Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The commission was to regulate radio and TV broadcasting (later). 

1937 – The town of Bilbao, Spain, fell to the Nationalist forces. 

1939 – In Atlanta, GA, legislation was enacted that disallowed pinball machines in the city. 

1942 – Norma Jeane Mortenson (Marilyn Monroe) and her 21-year-old neighbor Jimmy Dougherty were married. They were divorced in June of 1946. 

1942 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington, DC, to discuss the invasion of North Africa with U.S. President Roosevelt. 

1943 – Henry Kissinger became a naturalized United States citizen. 

1943 – The National Football League approved the merger of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

1944 – The U.S. won the battle of the Philippine Sea against the Imperial Japanese fleet. 

1951 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the Universal Military Training and Service Act, which extended Selective Service until July 1, 1955 and lowered the draft age to 18. 

1952 – “I’ve Got a Secret” debuted on CBS-TV. 

1958 – In Washington, DC, nine entertainers refused to answer a congressional committee’s questions on communism. 

1961 – Kuwait regained complete independence from Britain. 

1961 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland’s constitution that required state officeholders to profess a belief in God. 

1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate. 

1965 – Air Marshall Nguyen Cao Ky became South Vietnam’s youngest premier at age 34. 

1968 – 50,000 people marched on Washington, DC. to support the Poor People’s Campaign. 

1973 – The Case-Church Amendment prevented further U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. 

1973 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) got his 2,000th career hit. 

1973 – The stage production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” opened in London. 

1973 – Gordie Howe left the NHL to join his sons Mark and Marty in the WHA (World Hockey League). 

1978 – Garfield was in newspapers around the U.S. for the first time. 

1981 – “Superman II” set the all-time, one-day record for theater box-office receipts when it took in $5.5 million. 

1981 – The European Space Agency sent two satellites into orbit from Kourou, French Guiana. 

1983 – Lixian-nian was chosen to be China’s first president since 1969. 

1987 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Louisiana law that required that schools teach creationism. 

1989 – The movie “Batman” premiered. 

1997 – William Hague became the youngest leader of Britain’s Conservative party in nearly 200 years. 

1998 – Gateway was fined more than $400,000 for illegally shipping personal computers to 16 countries subject to U.S. export controls. 

1998 – A study released said that smoking more than doubles risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. 

1998 – Switzerland’s three largest banks offered $600 million to settle claims they’d stolen the assets of Holocaust victims during World War II. Jewish leaders called the offer insultingly low. 

1999 – Stephen King was struck from behind by a mini-van while walking along a road in Maine. 

1999 – The Dallas Stars won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in the third overtime of game six. 

2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a group prayer led by students at public-school football games violated the 1st Amendment’s principle that called for the separation of church and state.

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