Daily Bread for 8.5.15 – 2017


Good morning, Whitewater.

We’ll have a mostly sunny Wednesday in Whitewater, with a high of eighty-two. Sunrise is 5:51 and sunset 8:10, for 14h 19m 15s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 67.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Community Development Authority meets at 5 PM today.

Google has a doodle on its website to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the electric traffic light. Earlier, gas-illuminated versions proved dangerous, but an American inventor hit upon the safer method of using electricity:

Lester Wire, a former detective in Salt Lake City, came up with the revolutionary idea in 1912, and traffic lights began springing up across the United States shortly after….The doodle depicts the world’s first electric traffic light to be installed and put into major use in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 5 1914…..

Placed on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street, it would have been a chaotic affair, with bicycles and cars as well as horses competing for domination of the road.

Doodle illustrator Nate Swinehart said that he did not include the yellow light outlining that the were not introduced until later to regulate the traffic more effectively.

On this day in 1825, a meeting for peace in Wisconsin:

1825 – Council Held at Fort Crawford
On this date a great council of Native Americans and white settlers began at Prairie du Chien. For days prior to the event, canoe-loads of attendees converged from all directions and included members of the Sioux, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Chippewa, Ottawa, Potawatomi, Iowa, Sauk, and Fox tribes. The purpose of this gathering was to promote peace among the tribes and to establish boundaries for their territorial claims. [Source: The History of Wisconsin, Vol.I: From Exploration to Statehood, by Alice Smith, p. 122]

A Google a Day asks a question of literature:

Who, while working as an apprentice compositor, wrote articles under the pseudonym “Aristides”?

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