Good morning, Whitewater.
Our work week in Whitewater begins with afternoon showers and a high of thirty-eight. Sunrise is 7:15 and sunset 4:58, for 9h 43m 27s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 97.9% of its visible disk illuminated.
New Yorkers have battled the infamous Pizza Rat over the years, and now they’ve a Snow Rat to face. Ale_Rivera, on Instagram, records an encounter with a snow-defying rodent. Clicking the image starts a short video –
On this day in 1924, the first stand-alone Winter Olympic Games begin:
The 1924 Winter Olympics, officially known as the I Olympic Winter Games (French: Les Iers Jeux olympiques d’hiver), were a winter multi-sport event which was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. Originally called Semaine Internationale des Sports d’Hiver (“International Winter Sports Week”) and held in association with the 1924 Summer Olympics, the sports competitions were held at the foot of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, and Haute-Savoie, France between January 25 and February 5, 1924. The Games were organized by the French Olympic Committee, and were in retrospect designated by theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) as the I Olympic Winter Games.
The tradition of holding the Winter Olympics in the same year as the Summer Olympics would continue until 1992, after which the current practice of holding a Winter Olympics in the second year after each Summer Olympics began.
Although Figure Skating had been an Olympic event in both London and Antwerp, and Ice Hockey had been an event in Antwerp, the winter sports had always been limited by the season. In 1921, at the convention of the IOC in Lausanne, there was a call for equality for winter sports, and after much discussion it was decided to organize an “international week of winter sport” in 1924 in Chamonix.
On this day in 1983, a federal appellate court re-affirms the legality of treaty rights with the Ojibwe:
1983 – Ojibwe Treaties Reaffirmed
On this day in 1983, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the Ojibwe bands of Lake Superior (each a sovereign tribe) legally retained hunting, fishing, and gathering rights, which they had reserved in treaties signed in 1837, 1842, and 1854. The background and text of the treaties are given in this article at Turning Points in Wisconsin History, where you can also find more information about 19th-c. treaties and the late 20th-c. conflict over them.
I’m trying a new puzzle feature from JigZone this week, in which one can embed jigsaw puzzles. Here’s Monday’s puzzle, set to 48 pieces, Lion in Bamboo :