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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Hello, Minnesota!

On this day, in 1858, Minnesota was admitted into the Union. It's the home of the world's largest Paul Bunyan statue, and it was from Minnesotans that we got the stapler, water skis, and roller blades—not to mention Scotch tape, Bisquick, and Spam. I took this directly from The Writer's Almanac,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 5, 2006

No time today, but. . .

I do have time for the Dutch and their memories. The note below was on our intranet at work today. I can't stop thinking about it, so thought I'd share: Liberation Day (Dutch: Bevrijdingsdag) is celebrated each year on May 5 in the Netherlands to mark the end of the German occupation during the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Another Side of U.S. Grant

This was accidently entered in the wrong blog yesterday. April 27 is Grant's birthday. I haven't posted in this blog for a long time because it completed a year's cycle and there didn't seem to be any new things to add, but this information really struck me, so I decided to share it. You'll find... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

From the Jukebox to the Opera and InBetween

Birthday of mystery writer, critic and lecturer Robert Barnard, born in 1936 in Essex, England. He spent many years in academia while establishing himself as a writer of crime fiction. His first crime novel, Death of an Old Goat (1974) was written while he was professor of English at the University... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Saddest Day and More Courageous Writers

At about 12:30 p.m. on this day in 1963 President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, TX. It was the only presidential assassination ever caught on film. Alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested 90 minutes after the murder. Two days after his arrest Oswald... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Lincoln and Voltaire

On this day in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln wrote one of the most famous letters in American history. It was a letter of condolence to Mrs. Lydia Bixby of Boston, who was reported by the War Department to have lost five sons in battle. He wrote to her: "I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, Nov. 20

Birthday of South African novelist Nadine Gordimer, born in Springs, South Africa (1923), author of 16 collections of short stories and 13 novels, most of which explore the issue of race in her homeland. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991, and has served as a member of the African... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Saturday, Nov. 19 Birthday of American poet Sharon Olds, born in San Francisco (1942), author of The Dead and the Living (1984), The Father (1992) and Blood, Tin, Straw (1999). She said: "Poets are like steam valves, where the ordinary feelings of ordinary people can escape and be shown." Birthday... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Saturday, Nov. 19 Birthday of American poet Sharon Olds, born in San Francisco (1942), author of The Dead and the Living (1984), The Father (1992) and Blood, Tin, Straw (1999). She said: "Poets are like steam valves, where the ordinary feelings of ordinary people can escape and be shown." Birthday... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Music Man, Love Survey, Cool Canadian, Poison Punch, & Birth of a Mouse

Birthday of playwright and humorist Sir W.S. (William Schenk) Gilbert, of the team of Gilbert and Sullivan, born in London (1836). He met composer Arthur Sullivan in 1870. They started working together the following year and produced a series of hits including H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), The Pirates of... Sign in to see full entry.

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