GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, September 20, the 260th day of 2017 with 105 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:28 and sunset is @ 6:46. 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: 1519 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan left Spain to find a route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Magellan was killed during the trip, but one of his ships eventually made the journey. 

1870 – The Papal States came under the control of Italian troops, leading to the unification of Italy. 

1881 – Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. President James A. Garfield had died the day before. 

1884 – The Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, CA. 

1921 – KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, started a daily radio newscast. It was one of the first in the U.S. 

1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival premiered. The original premier was delayed in 1939 due to World War II. 

1946 – WNBT-TV in New York became the first station to promote a motion picture. Scenes from “The Jolson Story” were shown. 

1953 – The TV show “Letter to Loretta” premiered. The name was changed to “The Loretta Young Show” on February 14, 1954. 

1953 – Jimmy Stewart debuted on the radio western “The Six Shooter” on NBC. 

1955 – “You’ll Never Be Rich” premiered on CBS-TV. The name was changed less than two months later to “The Phil Silvers Show.” 

1962 – James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. Meredith was later admitted. 

1963 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly. 

1967 – The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) was launched. It went out of service on November 27, 2008. 

1977 – The first of the “boat people” arrived in San Francisco from Southeast Asia under a new U.S. resettlement program. 

1982 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the U.S., France, and Italy were going to send peacekeeping troops back to Beirut. 

1984 – “The Cosby Show” premiered on NBC-TV. 

1988 – The United Nations opened it 43rd General Assembly. 

1989 – F.W. de Klerk was sworn in as president of South Africa. 

1991 – U.N. weapons inspectors left for Iraq in a renewed search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. 

1992 – French voters approved the Maastricht Treaty. 

1995 – AT&T announced that it would be splitting into three companies. The three companies were AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and NCR Corp. 

1995 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits. 

2013 – Apple released the iPhone 5s.

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