Daily Bread for 3.12.16 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Saturday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of sixty-three. Sunrise is 6:09 and sunset 5:59, for 11h 49m 42s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 16.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1933, Pres. Roosevelt began this first of thirty fireside chats:

Fireside chats is the term used to describe a series of 30 evening radio addresses given by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944. The fireside chats represent the first time in history that a chief executive communicated directly with a large number of citizens. Roosevelt spoke with familiarity to millions of Americans about the promulgation of the Emergency Banking Actin response to the banking crisis, the recession, New Deal initiatives, and the course of World War II. On radio, he was able to quell rumors and explain his policies comprehensibly. His tone and demeanor communicated self-assurance during times of despair and uncertainty. Roosevelt was one of radio’s greatest communicators, and the fireside chats kept him in high public regard throughout his presidency.

The series of fireside chats was among the first 50 recordings made part of the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, which noted it as “an influential series of radio broadcasts in which Roosevelt utilized the media to present his programs and ideas directly to the public and thereby redefined the relationship between the President and the American people.”

On this day in 1862, the Second Wisconsin readies:

1862 – (Civil War) 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry Mustered In

The 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry mustered in at Milwaukee. It would go on to participate in the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, on December 7, 1862, and in the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the following year. The regiment would lose 312 men during service. Twenty-four enlisted men were killed in combat, and four officers and 284 enlisted men died from disease.

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