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.
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.!
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.
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.
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.