GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, July 06, the 185th day of 2017 with 180 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:13 and sunset is @ 8:24. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1483 – King Richard III of England was crowned. 

1699 – Captain William Kidd, the pirate, was captured in Boston, MA, and deported back to England. 

1777 – British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution. 

1854 – In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention. 

1858 – Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine. 

1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute. 

1905 – Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the U.S. The person in question was John Walker. 

1917 – During World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks. 

1919 – A British dirigible landed in New York at Roosevelt Field. It completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship. 

1923 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established. 

1928 – “The Lights of New York” was previewed in New York’s Strand Theatre. It was the first all-talking movie. 

1932 – The postage rate for first class mail in the U.S. went from 2-cents to 3-cents. 

1933 – The first All-Star baseball game was held in Chicago. The American League beat the National League 4-2. 

1942 – Diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam. 

1945 – U.S. President Truman signed an order creating the Medal of Freedom. 

1945 – Nicaragua became the first nation to formally accept the United Nations Charter. 

1947 – “Candid Microphone” began airing on ABC radio. 

1948 – Frieda Hennok became the first woman to serve as the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. 

1957 – Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event. 

1966 – Malawi became a republic within the Commonwealth with Dr. Hastings Banda as its first president. 

1967 – The Biafran War erupted. The war lasted two-and-a-half years. About 600,000 people died. 

1981 – Former President of Argentina Isabel Peron was freed after five years of house arrest by a federal court. 

1981 – The Dupont Company announced an agreement to purchase Conoco, Inc. (Continental Oil Co.) for $7 billion. At the time it was the largest merger in corporate history. 

1983 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender. 

1983 – Fred Lynn (California Angels) hit the first grand slam in an All-Star game. The American League defeated the National League 13-3. 

1985 – Martina Navratilova won her 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title. 

1985 – The submarine Nautilus arrived in Groton, Connecticut. The vessel had been towed from Mare Island Naval Shipyard. 

1988 – Several popular beaches were closed in New York City due to medical waste and other debris began washing up on the seashores. 

1989 – The U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, TX. The dismantling was under the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. 

1996 – Steffi Graf won her seventh Wimbledon title. 

1997 – The Mars Pathfinder released Sojourner, a robot rover on the surface of Mars. The spacecraft landed on the red planet on July 4th. 

1997 – In Cambodia, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen ousted First Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh and claimed to have the capital under his control. 

1998 – Protestants rioted in many parts of Northern Ireland after British authorities blocked an Orange Order march in Portadown. 

2000 – A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million for the unauthorized use of his name in the comic book Spawn and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.

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