GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, August 28, the 237th day of 2017 with 128 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:04 and sunset is @ 7:22. 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: 1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson. 

1619 – Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor. His policy of “One church, one king” was his way of trying to outlaw Protestantism. 

1774 – The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975. 

1811 – Percy Bysshe Shelley and Harriet Westbrook eloped. 

1830 – “The Tom Thumb” was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America. 

1833 – Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire. 

1907 – “American Messenger Company” was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company’s name was later changedto “United Parcel Service.” 

1916 – Italy’s declaration of war against Germany took effect duringWorld War I. 

1917 – Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House. 

1922 – The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. The Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for$100. 

1922 – The Walker Cup was held for the first time at Southampton, NY. It is the oldest international team golf match in America. 

1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.

1941 – The Football Writers Association of America was organized. 

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended. 

1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second. 

1981 – “The New York Daily News” published its final afternoon edition. 

1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima. 

1995 – The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal. 

1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage. 

1998 – The Pakistani prime minister created new Islamic order and legal system based on the Koran. 

2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes. 

2008 – In China, the Shanghai World Financial Center officially opened. The observation decks opened on August 30. 

2014 – Google announced its Project Wing. The project was aimed at delivering products across a city using unmanned flying vehicles.

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