Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Friday! Are you happy to see another weekend? This is the last weekend of January.

Some of the writers born on January 25 include:

Michael Madhusudan Dutt (1824), Julije Kempf (1864), W. Somerset Maugham (1874), Virginia Woolf (1882), Kitahara Hakushū (1885), István Fekete (1900), Yojiro Ishizaka (1900), Tanya Savicheva (1930), Judith Ann Mayotte (1937), Shotaro Ishinomori (1938), Leiji Matsumoto (1938), Vladimir Vysotsky (1938), John Cooper Clarke (1949), Gloria Naylor (1950), Renate Dorrestein (1954), Mark Bamford (1967), Stephen Chbosky (1970), and Geoff Johns (1973).

On this day in 1704 the Battle of Ayubale took place which led to the destruction of most of the Spanish missions in Florida.

The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohm became a popular wedding recessional after it was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daugher, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia on January 25, 1858.

The Oriental Telephone Company was formed on this day in 1881 by Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. Then exactly 34 years later Alaxander Graham Bell inaugurated the U.S. Transcontinental telephone service by speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Franscisco, California.

On this day in 1890 Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey which took her 72 days.

The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

Fifty-two years ago today in Washington, D.C., John F. Kennedy delivered the first live presidential television news conference.

Forty-two years ago today, in 1971, Charles Manson and three female “Family” members were found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.

Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the United States of America on this day in 1996.

And it is once again Help Us Friday. Do you have any suggestions for improving the blog, the website, or anything else which we are doing? We want to hear your suggestions. Email with your ideas or contact us via Facebook.


Today we are highlighting the book Stonecutter by Leander Watts.  This paperback book is  about 188 pages and appropriate for people age ten and up. Amazon gives the following short description for the book:

Albion has the gift. With hammer and chisel he can carve angels from cold stone. Apprenticed to a master stonecutter, he’s learning an art that sets him apart from other boys. When strangers come to his home in Little Sion and make him an incredible offer, Albion is lured away from his small town to work on a secret project on the utmost fringes of civilization. This is the tale of his journey into darkness and back again.
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