Friday, Janaury 11, 2013

Happy Friday! What will you be reading this weekend?

Let’s get to today’s dose of trivia.

On this day in 1861 Alabama seceded from the United States.

January 11, 1927 was the day that the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Louis B. Mayer, announced the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California on this day in 1935.

The Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Luther Terry, M.D., published the landmark report “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States” on this day in 1964. In this report he says that smoking may be hazardous to health. This sparked national and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.

Some of the writers born on this day include:

Bayard Taylor (1825), Thomas Dixon (1864), Oswald de Andrade (1890), Alan Paton (1903), Manfred B Lee (1905), Nikos Kavvadias (1910), Ernle Bradford (1922), Jerome Bixby (1923), Jim Hightower (1943), Mohammed Abed Elhai (1944), Diana Gabaldon (1952), Jasper Fforde (1961), and Marc Acito (1966).

On this date in 1843, Francis Scott Key, passed away. He was an American lawyer who wrote the poem that became the American national anthem.

The English writer, Thomas Hardy, died on this day in 1928. Some of his classic titles include: The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

On this day in 1999 the Irish-born writer, Brian Moore, passed away.

Exactly one year later, in 2000, the world lost Ivan Combe. Don’t recognize the name? That’s not surprising but you will likely recognize the names of this of the things this American inventor was responsible for. These products include Clearsil, Oder Eaters, Sea-Bond, Vagisil, Grecian Formula and Just for Men.

Speaking of inventors, Laurens Hammond was born on this date in 1895. One of the things he invented was a system called Teleview in 1922. The Teleview system of shutter glasses is associated with 3-D films. He also invented the Hammond organ and the Hammond clock.

One of America’s Founding Fathers was born on this date in 1755. Alexander Hamilton was an economist, and political philosopher who became the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.

sweet bird of youth

Today’s highlighted title is “Sweet Bird of Youth” by Tennessee Williams.  This classic is available for our Amazon store for only $3.19.

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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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