Thursday, January 3, 2013

Your daily dose of random (and in some way book related) trivia is here! Hoorah!

On this date in the year 1496 Leonardo da Vinci suggested in his notebooks that he had tested his flying machine. The test was not successful and he did not try to fly again for several years.

Today marks the 54th anniversary of Alaska  becoming the 49th state.

Apple Computer was incorporated on this date in 1977.

On this date in 1988 Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th century.

Writers who were born on this date include: Pietro Metastasio (1698), Douglas William Jerrold (1803), R. C. Lehmann (1856), Henry Handel Richardson (1870), John Gould Fletcher (1886), J. R. R. Tolkien(1892), Carolyn Haywood (1898), Albert Mol (1917), Marcel Dubé (1930), Yashawant Dinkar Phadke (1931), Blanche d’Alpuget (1944), Justin Fleming (1953), Alex Wheatle (1963), and Dan Harmon (1973).

An American book collector by the name of Harry Elkins Widener was born on this day in 1885. He was a passenger on the RMS Titanic and died when the famous ship sunk in 1912.

 

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Today’s highlighted title is Frankenstein (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. This classic is a required reading assignment at some schools.  We have this available on Amazon for $3.89.

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Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from wikipedia.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.
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