GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, July 07, the 186th day of 2017 with 179 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:13 and sunset is @ 8:23. 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: 1754 – Kings College opened in New York City. It was renamed Columbia College 30 years later. 

1846 – U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison. 

1862 – The first railroad post office was tested on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in Missouri. 

1885 – G. Moore Peters patented the cartridge-loading machine. 

1917 – Aleksandr Kerensky formed a provisional government in Russia. 

1920 – A device known as the radio compass was used for the first time on a U.S. Navy airplane near Norfolk,VA. 

1930 – Construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River. 

1937 – Japanese forces invaded China. 

1946 – Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint. 

1949 – “Dragnet” was first heard on NBC radio. 

1950 – The U.N. Security Council authorized military aid for South Korea. 

1969 – Canada’s House of Commons gave final approval to a measure that made the French language equal to English throughout the national government. 

1981 – U.S. President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

1983 – Eleven-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov. 

1987 – Public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing began. 

1994 – Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in Seattle, Washington under the name “Cadabra.” 

1998 – A jury in Santa Monica, CA, convicted Mikail Markhasev of murdering Ennis Cosby, Bill Cosby’s only son, during a roadside robbery. 

1999 – In Sierra Leone, President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and rebel leader Foday Sankoh signed a pact to end the nation’s civil war. 

2000 – Cisco Systems Inc. announced that it would buy Netiverse Inc. for $210 million in stock. It was the 13th time Cisco had purchased a company in 2000. 

2000 – Amazon.com announced that they had sold almost 400,000 copies of “Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire,” making it the biggest selling book in e-tailing history. 

2003 – In Liberia, a team of U.S. military experts arrived at the U.S. embassy compound to assess whether to deploy troops as part of a peacekeeping force in the country.

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