Saturday, January 26, 2013

 

Saturday is here! This is your last Saturday of January. Let’s kick back and relax with a few pieces of trivia and then perhaps when you’re done reading this you can use one of our hints to help you find your February reads.

On this day in 1837 Michigan became the twenty-sixth state of the U.S.A.

Tennessee enacted the first prohibition law in the United States exactly 101 years to the day after Michigan became a state.

It has been said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. If that is true today should be a girl’s holiday! On this day in 1905 the world’s largest diamond ever, the Cullinan was found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa. This diamond weighs 3,106.75 carats which is about a 1.37 lbs.!

On January 26, 1920 the former Ford Motor Company executive Henry Leland launched the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.

In 1934, on this day, the Apollo Theater reopened in Harlem, New York City.

Fifteen years ago today President Bill Clinton made his famous denial of having had “sexual relations” with the former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.

Eight years ago today two trains derailed in Glendale, California. This major accident caused eleven people to lose their lives and more than two hundred people were injured.

Some of the writers born on this day include:

Florent Chrestien (1541), Jens Zetlitz (1761), Ludwig Achim von Arnim (1781), François Coppée (1842), József Pusztai (1864), Menno ter Braak (1902), Philip José Farmer (1918), Jules Feiffer (1929), Corrado Augias (1935), Jonathan Carroll (1949), Peter Braunstein (1964), and Shannon Hale (1974).

Other birthdays that may be of interest to our readers today are Maria von Trapp in 1905 who wrote the story of the The Trapp Family Singers which was later made into the movie the Sound of Music staring Julie Andrews. Also born today in 1946 was the American film critic Gene Siskel of Siskel and Ebert. He passed away in 1999. The American actress and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who currently is in the eleventh season of her daily talk show was born on this day in 1958.

On January 26, 1891 the German inventor Nikolaus August Otto passed away at the age of 58. He is credited as the inventor of the internal combustion engine which efficiently burned fuel directly in a piston chamber.

Also born today was the American military figure who is credited as the inventor of baseball, Abner Doubleday, in 1893.

A.E. Van Vogt was a Canadian-born science fiction author who died thirteen years ago today. He is regarded as one of the most popular and complex science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth centure: the “Golden Age” of the genre.

the light in the forest

Today our highlighted title is The Light In The Forest by Conrad Richter. We have mass market paperback edition copies of this book in our Amazon inventory for a mere $3.29.  Amazon gives the following short description of the book:

When John Cameron Butler was a child, he was captured in a raid on the Pennsylvania frontier and adopted by the great warrrior Cuyloga. Renamed True Son, he came to think of himself as fully Indian. But eleven years later his tribe, the Lenni Lenape, has signed a treaty with the white men and agreed to return their captives, including fifteen-year-old True Son. Now he must go back to the family he has forgotten, whose language is no longer his, and whose ways of dress and behavior are as strange to him as the ways of the forest are to them. A beautifully written, sensitively told story of a white boy brought up by Indians, The Light in the Forest is a beloved American classic.
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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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