Daily Bread for 9.11.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Week’s end in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of sixty-five.  Sunrise is 6:30 and sunset 7:11, for 12h 40m 32s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with just 2.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today in the fourteenth anniversary of terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon.

On this day in 1814, Americans are victorious over Britain at the Battle of Plattsburgh:

The Battle of Plattsburgh, also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain, ended the final invasion of the northern states of the United States during the War of 1812. A British army under Lieutenant General Sir George Prévost and a naval squadron under Captain George Downie converged on the lakeside town of Plattsburgh, which was defended by New York and Vermont militia and detachments of regular troops of the United States Army, all under the command of Brigadier General Alexander Macomb, and ships commanded by Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough. Downie’s squadron attacked shortly after dawn on 11 September 1814, but was defeated after a hard fight in which Downie was killed. Prévost then abandoned the attack by land against Macomb’s defences and retreated to Canada, stating that even if Plattsburgh was captured, any British troops there could not be supplied without control of the lake.

When the battle took place, American and British delegates were meeting at Ghent in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, attempting to negotiate a treaty acceptable to both sides to end the war. The American victory at Plattsburgh, and the successful defense at the Battle of Baltimore which began the next day and halted British advances in the Mid-Atlantic states, denied the British negotiators leverage to demand any territorial claims against the United States on the basis of Uti possidetis, i.e. retaining territory they held at the end of hostilities.[5]The Treaty of Ghent, in which captured or occupied territories were restored on the basis of Status quo ante bellum, was signed three months after the battle.

On this day in 1903, an auto-racing tradition begins:

On this date William Jones of Chicago won a five-lap speed contest, setting the first track record with a 72 second, 50 mph lap in the process. The Milwaukee Mile was originally a private horse track, in existence since at least 1876, and is the oldest, continuously operating auto racing facility in the world. [Source: Wisconsin State Fair History of the Milwaukee Mile]

Here’s Puzzability‘s final game in this week’s Open Admissions series:

This Week’s Game — September 7-11
Open Admissions
Here’s a mixed doubles challenge for this week’s U.S. Open. Each day, we started with a word or phrase, added the six letters in U.S. OPEN, and rearranged the remaining letters to get a new phrase. Both pieces are described in each day’s clue, with the shorter one first.
Example:
A bit open; fruits sold near the Boscs and Bartletts
Answer:
Ajar; Anjou pears
What to Submit:
Submit both pieces, with the shorter one first (as “Ajar; Anjou pears” in the example), for your answer.
Friday, September 11
Any living thing, as taught in science class; utensil used to add the right amount of baking soda

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