GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, August 26, the 235th day of 2017 with 130 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:02 and sunset is @ 7:29. 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: 55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar. 

1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned to make the “Pieta.” 

1842 – The first fiscal year was established by the U.S. Congress to start on July 1st. 

1847 – Liberia was proclaimed as an independent republic. 

1873 – The school board of St. Louis, MO, authorized the first U.S. public kindergarten. 

1896 – In the Philippines, and insurrection began against the Spanish government. 

1920 – The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in the voting booth. 

1934 – Adolf Hitler demanded that France turn over their Saar region to Germany. 

1937 – All Chinese shipping was blockaded by Japan. 

1939 – The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers. 

1939 – The radio program, “Arch Oboler’s Plays”, presented the NBC Symphony for the first time. 

1945 – The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II. 

1947 – Don Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major league baseball. 

1957 – It was announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully tested by the Soviet Union. 

1957 – The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled of the assembly line. 

1961 – The International Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto opened. 

1973 – A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women’s Equality Day. 

1978 – Sigmund Jahn blasted off aboard the Russian Soyuz 31 and became the first German in space. 

1981 – The U.S. claimed that North Korea fired an antiaircraft missile at a U.S. Surveillance plane while it was over South Korea. 

1987 – The Fuller Brush Company announced plans to open two retail stores in Dallas, TX. The company that had sold its products door to door for 81 years. 

1990 – The 55 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by car and headed for the Turkish border. 

1991 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held. 

1992 – A “no-fly zone” was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims. 

1998 – The U.S. government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they “bullied” Intel into delaying new technology. 

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