Good morning, Whitewater.
Thursday in town will be partly cloudy, with a high of eighty-one, and a forty percent chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. Sunrise is 5:20 AM and sunset 8:37 PM, for 15h 16m 42s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 20.5% of its visible disk illuminated.
Whitewater’s Lock Box Ordinance Committee is scheduled to meet today at 5:30 PM.
On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress establishes Articles of War for a conflict with Britain, beginning with a justification for their adoption:
The consideration of the articles of war being resumed, Congress agreed to the same:
Rules and Regulations
Whereas his Majesty’s most faithful subjects in these Colonies are reduced to a dangerous and critical situation, by the attempts of the British Ministry, to carry into execution, by force of arms, several unconstitutional and oppressive acts of the British parliament for laying taxes in America, to enforce the collection of these taxes, and for altering and changing the constitution and internal police of some of these Colonies, in violation of the natural and civil rights of the Colonies.
And whereas hostilities have been actually commenced in Massachusetts Bay, by the British troops, under the command of General Gage, and the lives of a number of the inhabitants of that Colony destroyed; the town of Boston not only having been long occupied as a garrisoned town in an enemy’s country, but the inhabitants thereof treated with a severity and cruelty not to be justified even towards declared enemies.
And whereas large reinforcements have been ordered, and are soon expected, for the declared purpose of compelling these Colonies to submit to the operation of the said acts, which hath rendered it necessary, and an indispensable duty, for the express purpose of securing and defending these Colonies, and preserving them in safety against all attempts to carry the said acts into execution; that an armed force be raised sufficient to defeat such hostile designs, and preserve and defend the lives, liberties and immunities of the Colonists: for the due regulating and well ordering of which;–
Resolved, That the following Rules and Orders be attended to, and observed by such forces as are or may hereafter be raised for the purposes aforesaid….
On this day in 1951, a Wisconsin rail line goes under:
1951 – Final Line of Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. Abandoned
On this date the final line of the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. was abandoned. At one time, the company’s system extended west to Madison, north to Sheboygan, and south to Kenosha. [Source:History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin’s Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride, p. 29]
A Google a Day asks a history question: “Whose death did the commander of the Confederate forces say was like “losing my right arm”?”