Sept. 23, 2023 - The aroma of pumpkin spice is in the air, at coffee shops and at grocery stores as well! Stroll up and down the aisles this time of year and special limited release pumpkin flavors abound for all kinds of foods from breakfast cereal to ice cream. Enjoy nature's way of hibernating with its last burst of beautiful color and flavor!+
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September 301882: Library of Congress: The first centrally located electric lighting system using the Edison system in the West and the first hydroelectric central station in the world began operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Vulcan Street plant (the Appleton Gas Light Co.), later named the Appleton Edison Light Company, powered the two paper mills of H. J. Rogers’ Appleton Paper and Pulp Co. and his residence, Hearthstone. Rogers, also president of the Appleton Gas Light Co. had been inspired by Thomas Edison's plans for a steam-based power station in New York. With financial backing from three Appleton men, one a personal friend of Edison's, Rogers began building this new venture during the summer of 1882, harvesting the power of the Fox River with a water wheel. The water wheel, generators, and copper wiring took only a few months to install and test. Initial testing of the plant on September 27 was unsuccessful but the Edison "K” type generator powered up successfully on September 30.
1452: The first section of the Gutenberg Bible was published. It was finished in 1456.
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