Daily Bread for 6.3.16 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Friday in town will be mostly sunny with a high of eighty-two. Sunrise is 5:17 AM and sunset 8:28 PM, for 15h 11m 25s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 4.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind arrives on this day in 1936:

In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a series of physical injuries. With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon grew restless. Working on a Remington typewriter, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their cramped one-bedroom apartment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O’Hara.

In tracing Pansy’s tumultuous life from the antebellum South through the Civil War and into the Reconstruction era, Mitchell drew on the tales she had heard from her parents and other relatives, as well as from Confederate war veterans she had met as a young girl. While she was extremely secretive about her work, Mitchell eventually gave the manuscript to Harold Latham, an editor from New York’s MacMillan Publishing. Latham encouraged Mitchell to complete the novel, with one important change: the heroine’s name. Mitchell agreed to change it to Scarlett, now one of the most memorable names in the history of literature.

Published in 1936, Gone with the Wind caused a sensation in Atlanta and went on to sell millions of copies in the United States and throughout the world. While the book drew some criticism for its romanticized view of the Old South and its slaveholding elite, its epic tale of war, passion and loss captivated readers far and wide. By the time Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937, a movie project was already in the works. The film was produced by Hollywood giant David O. Selznick, who paid Mitchell a record-high $50,000 for the film rights to her book.

Edward White during EVA. During the Gemini 4 mission, White became the first American astronaut to perform a spacewalk. Via Wikipedia.
Edward White during EVA. During the Gemini 4 mission, White became the first American astronaut to perform a spacewalk. Via Wikipedia.

On this day in 1965, the first American spacewalk takes place as Edward White leaves his Gemini capsule. The New York Times reported the event the next day:

Cape Kennedy, Friday, June 4–For 20 minutes yesterday afternoon Maj. Edward H. White 2d of the Air Force was a human satellite of the earth as he floated across North America from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Tethered to the Gemini 4 spacecraft, he chatted good-humoredly and snapped pictures as he darted about in raw space with a the aid of a gas-firing jet gun. Asked how he was doing by Maj. James A. McDivitt of the Air Force, the spaceship commander, Major White replied to his partner in the capsule:

“I’m doing great. This is fun.”

When he was told to re-enter the capsule, Major White laughed and said: “I’m not coming in.” But later, after more banter, he followed through on orders to return.

A Google a Day asks about a cartoon: “What comedians were the inspiration for the names of the two hungry cats in the short that marked Tweety Bird’s first appearance?”

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