We’ve a seventy-percent chance of daytime thunderstorms in Whitewater today, with a high of seventy-five.
On this day in 1775, Benjamin Franklin becomes America’s first postmaster:
William Goddard, a Patriot printer frustrated that the royal postal service was unable to reliably deliver his Pennsylvania Chronicle to its readers or deliver critical news for the paper to Goddard, laid out a plan for a Constitutional Post before the Continental Congress on October 5, 1774. Congress waited to act on the plan until after the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.
Benjamin Franklin promoted Goddard’s plan and served as the first postmaster general under the Continental Congress beginning on July 26, 1775, nearly one year before the Congress declared independence from the British crown. Franklin’s son-in-law, Richard Bache, took over the position on November 7, 1776, when Franklin became an American emissary to France.
Franklin had already made a significant contribution to the postal service in the colonies while serving as the postmaster of Philadelphia from 1737 and as joint postmaster general of the colonies from 1753 to 1774, when he was fired for opening and publishing Massachusetts Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s correspondence.
Puzzability’s Sun Screens series ends today:
If you can’t stand the heat, we’ve got just the ticket. For each day this week, we’ll give a three-by-three letter grid in which we’ve hidden the title of a movie that’s set during the summer. Each has 10 or more letters and any number of words. To find the title, start at any letter and move from letter to letter by traveling to any adjacent letter—across, up and down, or diagonally. You may come back to a letter you’ve used previously, but may not stay in the same spot twice in a row. You will not always need all nine letters in the grid.
F S U
O M A
R E M
Summer of Sam
Here’s Friday’s puzzle:
J D P
A E N
Y C I