Daily Bread for 10.23.16 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Sunday in town will be sunny and mild with a high of sixty-seven. Sunrise is 7:19 AM and sunset 5:58 PM, for 10h 38m 57s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 42.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Friday’s FW Poll asked readers whether they thought that the Cubs or Dodgers would win the National League Championship Series. Most respondents (70.83%) thought that the Cubs would win, and they did win last night by shutting out Los Angeles 5-0 at Wrigley Field.

On this day in 1942, the Allies launch the Second Battle of El Alamein:

German prisoners brought in from the battle
German prisoners brought in from the battle

The Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October–11 November 1942) was a decisive[9][10] battle of the Second World War that took place near the Egyptian railway halt of El Alamein. With the Allies victorious, it marked the watershed of the Western Desert Campaign. The First Battle of El Alamein, had prevented the Axis from advancing further into Egypt. In August 1942, Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery took command of the Eighth Army following the sacking of General Claude Auchinleck and the death of his replacement Lieutenant-General William Gott in a plane crash.

The British victory turned the tide in the North African Campaign and ended the Axis threat to Egypt, the Suez Canal and the Middle Eastern and Persian oil fields via North Africa. Second El Alamein revived the morale of the Allies, being the first big success against the Axis since Operation Crusader in late 1941. The battle coincided with the Allied invasion of French North Africa in Operation Torch, which started on 8 November.

On this day in 1921, it’s a first for the Packers:

On this date the Green Bay Packers played their first NFL game. The Packers defeated the Minneapolis Marines 7-6, for a crowd of 6,000 fans and completed their inaugural season with 3 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties. [Source: Packers.com]

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