GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, August 11, the 220th day of 2017 with 145 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:46 and sunset is @ 7:52. 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: 1860 – The first successful silver mill in America began operations. The mill was in Virginia City, NV. 

1874 – A patent for the sprinkler head was given to Harry S. Parmelee. 

1877 – The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos and Deimos. 

1896 – Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain. 

1909 – The American ship Arapahoe became the first to ever use the SOS distress signal off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC. 

1924 – Newsreel pictures were taken of U.S. presidential candidates for the first time. 

1934 – Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received federal prisoners for the first time. 

1941 – The Atlantic Charter was signed by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. 

1942 – During World War II, Pierre Laval publicly announced “the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war.” 

1945 – The Allies informed Japan that they would determine Emperor Hirohito’s future status after Japan’s surrender. 

1951 – The first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1. 

1954 – Seven years of fighting came to an end in Indochina. A formal peace was in place for the French and the Communist Vietminh. 

1962 – Andrian Nikolayev, of the Soviet Union, was launched on a 94-hour flight. He was the third Russian to go into space. 

1965 – The U.S. conducted a second launch of “Surveyor-SD 2” for a landing on the Moon surface test. 

1971 – Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins got his 500th and 501st home runs of his major league baseball career. 

1975 – The U.S. vetoed the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the United Nations. The Security Counsel had already refused to consider South Korea’s application. 

1984 – Carl Lewis won his fourth gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics. 

1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan was preparing for his weekly radio broadcast when, during testing of the microphone, the President said of the Soviet Union, “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” 

1984 – The Cincinnati Reds honored major league All-Star and Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench by retiring his uniform (#5). 

1988 – Dick Thornburgh was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the next attorney general. He succeeded Edwin Meese III. 

1990 – Egyptian and Moroccan troops joined U.S. forces in Saudia Arabia to help protect from a possible Iraqi attack. 

1991 – The space shuttle Atlantis ended its nine-day journey by landing safely. 

1992 – In Bloomington, MN, the Mall of America opened. It was the largest shopping mall in the United States. 

1994 – The Tenth International Conference on AIDS ended in Japan. 

1994 – A U.S. federal jury awarded $286.8 million to about 10,000 commercial fishermen for losses as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. 

1995 – All U.S. nuclear tests were banned by President Clinton. 

1997 – U.S. President Clinton made the first use of the line-item veto approved by Congress, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills. 

1998 – British Petroleum became No. 3 among oil companies with the $49 billion purchase of Amoco. It was the largest foreign takeover of a U.S. company. 

2002 – US Airways announced that it had filed for bankruptcy. 

2002 – Jason Priestly crashed his car during practice for a race in the Infiniti Pro Series. He suffered a spinal fracture, a moderate concussion, a broken nose, facial lacerations and broken bones in both feet. 

2003 – Charles Taylor, President of Liberia, flew into exile after ceding power to his vice president, Moses Blah. 

2003 – In Kabul, NATO took command of the 5,000-strong peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.

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