GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, August 09, the 218th day of 2017 with 147 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:44 and sunset is @ 7:54. 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: 1790 – The Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage. It was the first ship to carry the American flag around the world. 

1831 – The first steam locomotive began its first trip between Schenectady and Albany, NY. 

1842 – The U.S. and Canada signed the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which solved a border dispute. 

1848 – Martin Van Buren was nominated for president by the Free-Soil Party in Buffalo, NY. 

1854 – “Walden” was published by Henry David Thoreau. 

1859 – The escalator was patented by Nathan Ames. 

1892 – Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph. 

1893 – “Gut Holz” was published. It was America’s first bowling magazine. 

1910 – A.J. Fisher received a patent for the electric washing machine. 

1930 – Betty Boop had her beginning in “Dizzy Dishes” created by Max Fleischer. 

1936 – Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. He was the first American to win four medals in one Olympics. 

1942 – Mohandas K. Gandhi was arrested Britain. He was not released until 1944. 

1942 – CBS radio debuted “Our Secret Weapon.” 

1944 – The Forest Service and Wartime Advertising Council created “Smokey the Bear.” 

1945 – The U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The bombing came three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. About 74,000 people were killed. Japan surrendered August 14. 

1945 – The first network television broadcast occurred in Washington, DC. The program announced the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. 

1956 – The first statewide, state-supported educational television network went on the air in Alabama. 

1965 – Singapore proclaimed its independence from the Malaysian Federation. 

1973 – The U.S. Senate committee investigating the Watergate affair filed suit against President Richard Nixon. 

1974 – U.S. PresidentRichard Nixon formally resigned. Gerald R. Ford took his place, and became the 38th president of the U.S. 

1975 – The New Orleans Superdome as officially opened when the Saints played the Houston Oilers in exhibition football. The new Superdome cost $163 million to build. 

1981 – Major league baseball teams resumed play at the conclusion of the first mid-season players’ strike. 

1984 – Daley Thompson, of Britain, won his second successive Olympic decathlon. 

1985 – Arthur J. Walker, a retired Navy officer, was found guilty of seven counts of spying for the Soviet Union. 

1988 – Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) was traded. The trade was at Gretzky’s request. He was sent to the Los Angeles Kings. 

1996 – Boris Yeltsin was sworn in as president of Russia for the second time. 

1999 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin and his entire cabinet for the fourth time in 17 months. 

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announced he would support federal funding for limited medical research on embryonic stem cells. 

2004 – Donald Duck received the 2,257th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

2004 – Trump Hotel and Casion Resorts announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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