Good morning, Whitewater.
Tuesday in town will be partly cloudy with a high of eighty-five. Sunrise is 5:48 AM and sunset 8:13 PM, for 14h 24m 26s of daytime. We’ve a new moon today, with just .2% of its visible disk illuminated.
On Saturday, August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, MTV launched with the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,”spoken by John Lack, and played over footage of the first Space Shuttle launch countdown of Columbia, which took place earlier that year, and of the launch of Apollo 11. Those words were immediately followed by the original MTV theme song, a crunching rock tune composed by Jonathan Elias and John Petersen, playing over photos of the Apollo 11 moon landing, with the flag featuring MTV’s logo changing various colors, textures, and designs. MTV producers Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert used this public domain footage as a concept. Seibert said they had originally planned to use Neil Armstrong‘s “One small step” quote, but lawyers said Armstrong owns his name and likeness, and Armstrong had refused, so the quote was replaced with a beeping sound. The shuttle launch identification ran at the top of every hour in various forms from MTV’s first day until it was pulled in early 1986, in the wake of the Challenger disaster.
The first music video shown on MTV was The Buggles‘ “Video Killed the Radio Star” originally only available to homes in New Jersey. This was followed by the video for Pat Benatar‘s “You Better Run“. Sporadically, the screen would go black when an employee at MTV inserted a tape into a VCR. MTV’s lower third graphics that appear near the beginning and end of music videos would eventually use the recognizable Kabel typeface for about 25 years, but these graphics differed on MTV’s first day of broadcast; they were set in a different typeface and included record label information such as the year and label name.
On this day in 1832, the Black Hawk War ends:
On this date the defeat of Black Hawk and his followers at the Battle of Bad Axe, ended the Black Hawk War. Black Hawk led the American troops northward while the rest of the Indians constructed rafts and canoes to facilitate an escape over the Mississippi river. The plan was successful initially but eventually General Atkinson realized the ruse.
In the battle, women, children and the elderly hid behind rocks and logs and American soldiers often could not or did not differentiate between warriors and the women and children. Atkinson sent Wabasha and his Sioux warriors, enemies of the Sauk, after the approximately 150 members of the British Band that made it to the Western bank of the Mississippi. The Sauk, “escaped the best they could, and dispersed“, but only 22 women and children were spared.
Black Hawk escaped, but the Battle of Bad Axe marked the end of the war. [Source: Along the Black Hawk Trail by William F. Stark, p.142-153]
Here’s a JigZone puzzle for Tuesday: