on this day … 8/3 1992 – The U.S. Senate voted to restrict and eventually end the testing of nuclear weapons. 

1492 – Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage led him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12.

1750 – Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods. It was titled “A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management.”

1777 – During the Siege of Fort Stanwix the first U.S. flag was officially flown during battle.

1880 – The American Canoe Association was formed at Lake George, NY.

1900 – Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded.

1914 – Germany declared war on France. The next day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany.

1922 – WGY radio in Schenectady, NY, presented the first full-length melodrama on radio. The work was “The Wolf”, written by Eugene Walter.

1923 – Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the U.S. after the sudden death of President Harding.

1933 – The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.

1936 – The U.S. State Department advised Americans to leave Spain due to the Spanish Civil War.

1936 – Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals.

1943 – Gen. George S. Patton verbally abused and slapped a private. Later, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered him to apologize for the incident.

1949 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed. The league was formed by the merger between the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.

1956 – Bedloe’s Island had its name changed to Liberty Island.

1958 – The Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. The mission was known as “Operation Sunshine.”

1979 – Johnny Carson, the “Tonight Show” host, was on the cover of the Burbank, CA, telephone directory.

1981 – U.S. traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as U.S. President Reagan had warned. 

1984 – Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

1985 – Mail service returned to a nudist colony in Paradise Lake, FL. Residents promised that they’d wear clothes or stay out of sight when the mailperson came to deliver.

1988 – The Iran-Contra hearings ended. No ties were made between U.S. President Reagan and the Nicaraguan Rebels.

1988 – The Soviet Union released Mathias Rust. He had been taken into custody on May 28, 1987 for landing a plane in Moscow’s Red Square.

1989 – Hashemi Rafsanjani was sworn in as the president of Iran.

1990 – Thousands of Iraqi troops pushed within a few miles of the border of Saudi Arabia. This heightened world concerns that the invasion of Kuwait could spread.

1992 – The U.S. Senate voted to restrict and eventually end the testing of nuclear weapons. 

1992 – Russia and Ukraine agreed to put the Black Sea Fleet under joint command. The agreement was to last for three years.

1995 – Eyad Ismoil was flown from Jordan to the U.S. to face charges that he had driven the van that blew up in New York’s World Trade Center.

2004 – In New York, the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public. The site had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

2004 – NASA launched the spacecraft Messenger. The 6 1/2 year journey was planned to arrive at the planet Mercury in March 2011. On April 30, 2015, Messenger crashed into the surface of Mercury after sending back more than 270,000 pictures. 

2009 – Bolivia became the first South American country to declare the right of indigenous people to govern themselves.


Help us plant 51,000 fruit trees in India

Earth Day Network
This week and in the weeks ahead, 51,000 fruit trees and fruit tree saplings will be planted around Lalitpur, India, with our partners at Sustainable Green Initiative, The fruit trees will provide food and income to some of the poorest and drought prone villages of the region. With education and on-going support, the fruit trees will be nurtured by 120 farmer families.
The trees will also help rebuild the natural environment after the severe drought affected region. This project is seeking additional funds to continue to address local environmental and economic challenges through fruit tree planting during the rest of 2017 and 2018.
Planting trees is one of the BEST WAYS to fight climate change.
Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year—that’s 56 acres of forest every minute! Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project plants trees to benefit local communities, increase habitat for species, and combat climate change.

dean heller … On the Issues

Did you know Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program.

Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees -he said no to a lot of good items!

Voted NO on $40Bil for green public schools &on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects in 2009

Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation

Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures &on additional $825billion for econ recovery package in 2009

source: http://www.ontheissues.org