Daily Bread for 11.8.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Sunday in town will be sunny with a high of fifty-four.  Sunrise is 6:38 and sunset 4:38, for 9h 59m 49s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 8.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1864, Pres. Lincoln is re-elected:

The United States presidential election of 1864 was the 20th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 1864. Incumbent president, Republican Abraham Lincoln, was running for re-election against Democratic candidate George B. McClellan, who ran as the “peace candidate” without personally believing in his party’s platform.

Lincoln was re-elected president by a landslide in the Electoral College. Since the election of 1860, the Electoral College had expanded with the admission of Kansas, West Virginia, and Nevada as free-soil states. As the American Civil War was still raging, no electoral votes were counted from any of the eleven Southern states.[2] Lincoln won by more than 400,000 popular votes in part due to the Union’s victory at the Battle of Atlanta.[3] Lincoln was the first president to be re-elected since Democrat Andrew Jackson in 1832. Lincoln was inaugurated for his second term on March 4, 1865, but he was assassinated on April 15, 1865, one month after his term began.


Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Lincoln/Johnson, blue denotes those won by McClellan/Pendleton, andbrown denotes Confederate states; two Confederate states were controlled by the Union by 1864 and held elections (although their electors were not ultimately counted). Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

On this day in 1870, a published first:

1870 – First National Weather Forecast Published

On this date Increase Lapham recorded the first published national weather forecast, calling for “high winds and falling temperatures for Chicago, Detroit and the Eastern cities.” [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin’s Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride]

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