GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, February 15, the 46th day of 2017 with 319 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:41 and sunset is @ 5:15. 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: 1758 – Mustard was advertised for the first time in America. 

1764 – The city of St. Louis was established. 

1799 – Printed ballots were authorized for use in elections in the state of Pennsylvania. 

1842 – Adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time by the City Dispatch Post (Office) in New York City. 

1879 – U.S. President Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

1898 – The USS Maine sank when it exploded in Havana Harbor for unknown reasons. More than 260 crew members were killed. 

1900 – The British threaten to use natives in their war with the Boers. 

1903 – Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America. 

1932 – George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “The Guy Lombardo Show” on CBS radio. 

1933 – U.S. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assination attempt in Miami. Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in the attack. 

1942 – During World War II, Singapore surrendered to the Japanese. 

1943 – “My True Story” was heard for the first time on ABC radio. 

1946 – Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in the major leagues. 

1953 – The first American to win the women’s world figure skating championship was 17-year-old Tenley Albright. 

1961 – A Boeing 707 crashed in Belgium killing 73 people. 

1962 – CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a figure of $10,200,000. 

1965 – Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard. 

1982 – During a storm, the Ocean Ranger, a drilling rig, sank off the coast of Newfoundland. 84 men were killed.

1985 – The Center for Disease Control reported that more than half of all nine-year-olds in the U.S. showed no sign of tooth decay. 

1989 – After nine years of intervention, the Soviet Union announced that the remainder of its troops had left Afghanistan. 

1991 – The leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland signed the Visegard agreement, in which they pledged to cooperate in transforming thier countties to free-market economies. 

1995 – The FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick and charged him with cracking security in some of the nation’s most protected computers. He served five years in jail. 

2002 – U.S. President George W. Bush approved Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste.

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