GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, January 27, the 27th day of 2017 with 338 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:03 and sunset is @ 4:50. The Neew Moon is exact @ 6:35 AM EST. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1606 – The trial of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators began. They were executed on January 31. 

1870 – Kappa Alpha Theta, the first women’s sorority, was founded at Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, IN. 

1880 – Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp. 

1888 – The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC. 

1900 – In China, foreign diplomats in Peking, fearing a revolt, demanded that the imperial government discipline the Boxer rebels. 

1926 – John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television. 

1927 – United Independent Broadcasters Inc. started a radio network with contracts with 16 stations. The company later became Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). 

1931 – NBC radio debuted “Clara, Lu ’n’ Em” on its Blue network (later, ABC radio). 

1943 – During World War II, the first all American air raid against Germany took place when about 50 bombers attacked Wilhlemshaven. 

1944 – The Soviet Union announced that the two year German siege of Leningrad had come to an end. 

1945 – Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. 

1948 – Wire Recording Corporation of America announced the first magnetic tape recorder. The ‘Wireway’ machine with a built-in oscillator sold for $149.50. 

1951 – In the U.S., atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats. 

1957 – The “CBS Radio Workshop” was heard for the first time. 

1967 – At Cape Kennedy, FL, astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft. 

1967 – More than 60 nations signed the Outer Space Treaty which banned the orbiting of nuclear weapons and placing weapons on celestial bodies or space stations. 

1973 – The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris. 

1977 – The Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priests. 

1981 – U.S. President Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House. 

1984 – Carl Lewis beat his own two-year-old record by 9-1/4 inches when he set a new indoor world record with a long-jump mark of 28 feet, 10-1/4 inches. 

1984 – Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League (NHL) record for consecutive game scoring. He ended the streak at 51 games. 

1985 – The Coca-Cola Company, of Atlanta, GA, announced a plan to sell its soft drinks in the Soviet Union. 

1992 – Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest. 

1996 – Mahamane Ousmane, the first democratically elected president of Niger, was overthrown by a military coup. Colonel Ibrahim Bare Mainassara declared himself head of state. 

1997 – It was revealed that French national museums were holding nearly 2,000 works of art stolen from Jews by the Nazis during World War II. 

1998 – U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on NBC’s “Today” show. She charged that the allegations against her husband were the work of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” 

1999 – The U.S. Senate blocked dismissal of the impeachment case against President Clinton and voted for new testimony from Monica Lewinsky and two other witnesses. 

2002 – A series of explosions occurred at a military dump in Lagos, Nigeria. More than 1,000 people were killed in the blast and in the attempt to escape. 

2003 – Altria Group, Inc. became the name of the parent company of Kraft Foods, Philip Morris USA, Philip Morris International and Philip Morris Capital Corporation. 

2010 – Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad.

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