Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hello to our favorite readers on this lovely Sunday!

For those of you who are into astrology and zodiac signs, today is the cusp day between Capricorn and Aquarius. In some years people born today fall under the Aquarius, but others are Capricorn depending on the year.

Today is World Religion day. How much do you know about religions other than your own? How much do you even know about your own religion? Perhaps you want to read a book about the different religions you have an interest in.

Some of the writers who were born on January 20th include:

Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina (1664), Jean-Jacques Barthélemy (1716), Eugène Sue (1804), Fleur Cowles (1908), Jean S. MacLeod (aka Catherine Airlie) (1908), Joy Adamson (1910), Cleon Skousen (1913), Thorleif Schjelderup (1920), Jamiluddin Aali (1926), Qurratulain Hyder (1926), Robert Olen Butler (1945), Nancy Kress (1948), Edward Hirsch (1950), Bill Maher (1956), Tami Hoag (1959), R.A. Salvatore (1959), and Fareed Zakaria (1964).

Also born on this day in 1896 was the actor and comedian George Burns who lived to be one hundred years old. Another actor was also born on this day. The actor DeForest Kelley best known as DoctorBones” McCoy on the original Star Trek was born on this day in 1920. He passed away in 1999.

DeForest Kelley was an actor who played a man in space, but he shares his birthday with someone who has actually been to space. The astronaut Buzz Aldrin celebrates his 83rd birthday today.

Today is the 128th anniversary of when L.A. Thompson patented the roller coaster. When was the last time you went to an amusement park and took a ride on a coaster?

The first full-length talking motion picture that was filmed outdoors was released on this day in 1929. It was called In Old Arizona.

Tomorrow is a federal holiday, so most people have it off in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. It was first celebrated on January 20, 1986.

Four years ago today was when Barack Obama was inaugurated as the first black President of the United States.

Today marks the anniversary of the death of the English romance writer Sheila O’Nions Walks, also known as Shelia Walsh and Sophie Leyton. She was born in 1928 and died in 2009.

kite rider

Today’s highlighted title is The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean.  This book is often a required reading assignment.  We have new copies of mass market paperback version of this book for only $5.55 in our Amazon Storefront. Amazon gives the following discription of the story:

Up and up the wind drew him.
Haoyou looked about him and saw the whole
world beneath him. And it was his.

The Great Miao, master of the Jade Circus, offers Haoyou the amazing chance to escape his family’s poverty — by becoming a kite rider. Strapped onto a beautiful scarlet-and-gold kite, Haoyou is sent into the sky, earning money, freedom, and unexpected fame. Miao even plans for Haoyou to perform before Kublai Khan himself.

From Carnegie Medalist Geraldine McCaughrean comes a dazzling story of adventure, betrayal, family, and sacrifice set in the dramatic world of thirteenth-century China.


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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