GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, July 26, the 204th day of 2017 with 161 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:29 and sunset is @ 8:11. 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: 1775 – A postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin. 

1788 – New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 

1881 – Thomas Edison and Patrick Kenny execute a patent application for a facsimile telegraph (U.S. Pat. 479,184). 

1893 – Commercial production of the Addressograph started in Chicago, IL. 

1907 – The Chester was launched. It was the first turbine-propelled ship. 

1908 – U.S. Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte issued an order that created an investigative agency that was a forerunner of the FBI. 

1945 – Winston Churchill resigned as Britain’s prime minister. 

1947 – U.S. President Truman signed The National Security Act. The act created the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

1948 – Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time, when he attended the New York City premiere of the motion picture, “The Babe Ruth Story.” 

1948 – U.S. President Truman signed executive orders that prohibited discrimination in the U.S. armed forces and federal employment. 

1952 – King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated in the wake of a coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser. 

1953 – Fidel Castro began his revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. Castro eventually ousted Batista six years later. 

1956 – Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. 

1971 – Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL. 

1998 – AT&T and British Telecommunications PLC announced they were forming a joint venture to combine international operations and develop a new Internet system. 

1999 – 1,500 pieces of Marilyn Monroe’s personal items went on display at Christie’s in New York, NY. The items went on sale later in 1999.

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