GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, March 08, the 67th day of 2017 with 298 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:08 and sunset is @ 5:41. 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: 1618 – Johann Kepler discovered the third Law of Planetary Motion. 

1702 – England’s Queen Anne took the throne upon the death of King William III. 

1782 – The Gnadenhutten massacre took place. About 90 Indians were killed by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians. 

1853 – The first bronze statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in Washington, DC. 

1855 – A train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, NY. 

1862 – The Confederate ironclad “Merrimack” was launched. 

1880 – U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes declared that the United States would have jurisdiction over any canal built across the isthmus of Panama. 

1887 – The telescopic fishing rod was patented by Everett Horton. 

1894 – A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. It was the first animal control law in the U.S. 

1904 – The Bundestag in Germany lifted the ban on the Jesuit order of priests. 

1905 – In Russia, it was reported that the peasant revolt was spreading to Georgia. 

1907 – The British House of Commons turned down a women’s suffrage bill. 

1909 – Pope Pius X lifted the church ban on interfaith marriages in Hungary. 

1910 – In France, Baroness de Laroche became the first woman to obtain a pilot’s license. 

1910 – The King of Spain authorized women to attend universities. 

1911 – In Europe, International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time. 

1911 – British Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Gray declared that Britain would not support France in the event of a military conflict. 

1917 – Russia’s “February Revolution” began with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg. The revolution was called the “February Revolution” due to Russia’s use of the Old Style calendar. 

1917 – The U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule. 

1921 – Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato was assassinated while leaving the Parliament in Madrid. 

1921 – French troops occupied Dusseldorf. 

1933 – Self-liquidating scrip money was issued for the first time at Franklin, IN. 

1941 – Martial law was proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests. 

1942 – During World War II, Japanese forces captured Rangoon, Burma. 

1943 – Japanese forces attacked American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle lasted five days. 

1945 – Phyllis Mae Daley received a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She later became the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II. 

1946 – In New York City, the “Journal American” became the first commercial business to receive a helicopter license. 

1946 – The French naval fleet arrived at Haiphong, Vietnam. 

1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional. 

1953 – A census bureau report indicated that 239,000 farmers had quit farming over the last 2 years. 

1954 – France and Vietnam opened talks in Paris on a treaty to form the state of Indochina. 

1954 – Herb McKenley set a world record for the quarter mile when he ran the distance in 46.8 seconds. 

1957 – The International Boxing Club was ruled a monopoly putting it in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Law. 

1959 – Groucho, Chico and Harpo made their final TV appearance together. 

1961 – Max Conrad circled the globe in a record time of eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in the Piper Aztec. 

1965 – The U.S. landed about 3,500 Marines in South Vietnam. They were the first U.S. combat troops to land in Vietnam. 

1966 – Australia announced that it would triple the number of troops in Vietnam. 

1973 – Two bombs exploded near Trafalgar Square in Great Britain. 234 people were injured. 

1982 – The U.S. accused the Soviets of killing 3,000 Afghans with poison gas. 

1985 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that 407,700 Americans were millionaires. That was more than double the total from just five years before. 

1986 – Four French television crewmembers were abducted in west Beirut. All four were eventually released. 

1988 – In Fort Campbell, KY, 17 U.S. soldiers were killed when two Army helicopters collided in midair. 

1989 – In Lhasa, Tibet, martial law was declared after three days of protest against Chinese rule. 

1999 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. 

1999 – The White House, under President Bill Clinton, directed the firing of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The firing was a result of alleged security violations. 

2001 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted for an across-the-board tax cut of nearly $1 trillion over the next decade. 

2005 – In norther Chechnya, Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov was killed during a raid by Russian forces.

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