Good morning, Whitewater.
Thursday in town will be partly cloudy with a high of ninety. Sunrise is 5:58 AM and sunset 8:01 PM, for 14h 02m 51s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 56.7% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1992, America’s largest shopping mall (then and now) opens to the public:
The Mall of America (MOA) is a shopping mall owned by the Triple Five Group and is the largest mall in the United States. It is located in Bloomington, Minnesota (a suburb of the Twin Cities), southeast of the junction ofInterstate 494 and Minnesota State Highway 77, north of the Minnesota River and across the interstate from theMinneapolis–St. Paul International Airport. Opened in 1992, the mall receives over 40 million visitors annually, the most of any mall in the world. 80 percent of the visitors are from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, Illinois, Ohio, and Canada. The Triple Five Group, owned by Canada’s Ghermezian family, owns and manages the Mall of America, as well as the West Edmonton Mall….
Mall of America opened its doors to the public August 11, 1992. Even before opening, the mall had earned several nicknames, including “The Megamall”, “Sprawl of America”, “Hugedale” (in reference to the four major “dale” shopping malls within the Twin Cities: Rosedale, Southdale, Ridgedale, and (defunct as of 2010) Brookdale), and simply, “The Mall”.
Mall of America became the largest shopping mall in total area and largest in total store vendors in the United States when it opened. The Mall of America’s 42 million annual visitors equal roughly eight times the population of the state of Minnesota. The mall employs over 11,000 workers year-round and 13,000 during peak seasons.
On this day in 1919, a great team is born:
On this date the Green Bay Packers professional football team was founded during a meeting in the editorial rooms of Green Bay Press-Gazette. On this evening, a score or more of young athletes, called together by Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun, gathered in the editorial room on Cherry Street and organized a football team. [Source: Packers.com]
Here’s the JigZone puzzle for Thursday: