Daily Bread for 8.3.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Monday in Whitewater will be sunny and clear, with a high of eighty. Sunrise is 5:49 and sunset 8:12, for 14h 23m 53s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 87.3% of its visible disk illuminated.

The USS Nautilus permanently docked at the US Submarine Force Museum and Library, Groton, CT.  Via Wikipedia.
The USS Nautilus permanently docked at the US Submarine Force Museum and Library, Groton, CT. Via Wikipedia.

On this day in 1958, the USS Nautilus completes a trip beneath the Arctic icecap:

USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine. The vessel was the first submarine to complete a submerged transit to the North Pole on 3 August 1958. Sharing names with Captain Nemo‘s fictional submarine in Jules Verne‘s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and named after anotherUSS Nautilus (SS-168) that served with distinction in World War II, Nautilus was authorized in 1951 and launched in 1954. Because her nuclear propulsion allowed her to remain submerged far longer than diesel-electric submarines, she broke many records in her first years of operation, and traveled to locations previously beyond the limits of submarines. In operation, she revealed a number of limitations in her design and construction. This information was used to improve subsequent submarines.

Nautilus was decommissioned in 1980 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982. The submarine has been preserved as a museum of submarine history inGroton, Connecticut, where the vessel receives some 250,000 visitors a year.

A Google a Day asks a question about history:

What Frankish ruler is associated with the Carolingian Renaissance?

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