Daily Bread for 6.24.16 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Friday in town will be mostly sunny with a high of eighty-four. Sunrise is 5:17 AM and sunset is 8:37 PM, for 15h 19m 44s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous, with 83.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1948, the Soviets begin a blockade of West Berlin, in an effort to isolate that part of the city from the West:

 More details C-47 Skytrains unloading at Tempelhof Airport during the Berlin Airlift.
C-47 Skytrains unloading at Tempelhof Airport during the Berlin Airlift. Via Wikipedia.

The Berlin Blockade (24 June 1948 – 12 May 1949) was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–World War II Germany, the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies‘ railway, road, and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control. The Soviets offered to drop the blockade if the Western Allies withdrew the newly introduced Deutsche mark from West Berlin.

In response, the Western Allies organized the Berlin airlift to carry supplies to the people of West Berlin, a difficult feat given the city’s population.[1][2] Aircrews from the United States Air Force, the British Royal Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and theSouth African Air Force[3]:338 flew over 200,000 flights in one year, providing to the West Berliners up to 8,893 tons of necessities each day, such as fuel and food.[4] The Soviets did not disrupt the airlift for fear this might lead to open conflict.[5]

By the spring of 1949, the airlift was clearly succeeding, and by April it was delivering more cargo than had previously been transported into the city by rail. On 12 May 1949, the USSR lifted the blockade of West Berlin.

6.26.1946 was a rainy day for Mellen, Wisconsin:

1946 – Most Precipitation in One Day

On this date Mellen, Wisconsin received 11.72 inches of rain within a single day. This set a record for Wisconsin for precipitation received within 24 hours. [Source: National Weather Service]

A Google a Day asks about language: “What is the largest surviving Latin American language reaching from Columbia to Chile?”

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