Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Happy National Puzzle Day! It is also Kansas Day. Kansas was admitted as the 34th U.S. State on January 29, 1861.  For those of you more interested in Puzzle Day than Kansas day, check out the info below about Family Game Day.

Some of the writers who were born on January 29 include:

Anton Chekhov (1860), Romain Rolland (1866), Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (1867), Muna Lee (1895), Peter von Zahn (1913), Paddy Chayefsky (1923), Edward Abbey (1927), Branko Miljković (1934), Germaine Greer (1939), Miklós Vámos (1950), Grazyna Miller (1957), Matt Brandstein (1972), and Brian Wood (1972).

Also born today, in 1737, was the English-born American patriot Thomas Paine. He died in 1809. He is best known for his book “Common Sense” which is a short book. He shares his birthday with the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley, who was born in 1843.

Today is Oprah Winfrey‘s 59th birthday.

On this day in 1845 “The Raven” was published in the New York Evening Mirror. It was the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allen Poe.

The first successful gasoline-driven automobile was patented by Karl Benz on January 29, 1886.

On January 29, 1936 the first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame were announced. Exactly 27 years later the first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced.

Forty-six years ago today the “ultimate high” of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, took place in San Francisco and featured Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.

The British writers M.M. Kaye passed away 9 years ago today. She was 95 years old at the time of her passing.

The American writer Margaret Truman passed away five years ago today. She was the daughter of Harry S. Truman but made a name for herself.

 

This event is FREE to the public courtesy of the GPL Friends Foundation

Family Game Day

Saturday, February 2, 1:00 to 8:00 pm

 

Glendora Public Library, Bidwell Forum

140 S. Glendora Ave., Glendora CA

(626) 852-4891 www.glendoralibrary.org

 

_ Test your skills with over 100 brain teasers and puzzles. They range

from simple to fiendishly difficult; how many can YOU solve?

 

_ Learn how to play a variety of board games you haven’t seen before or

bring you own to share.

 

_ Drop in anytime and stay as long as you like.

 

Open to all ages!

 

There will be some different and fun games from Blue Orange available for sale to benefit the library.

billy budd sailor

Today’s highlighted title is “Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories” by Herman Melville. This classic is available from us as a paperback for only $2.99.  This book is a classic and Amazon gives the following short description:

If Melville had never written Moby Dick, his place in world literature would be assured by his short tales. “Billy Budd, Sailor,” his last work, is the masterpiece in which he delivers the final summation in his “quarrel with God.” It is a brilliant study of the tragic clash between social authority and individual freedom, human justice and abstract good. Melville also explores this theme in “Bartelby the Scrivener,” his famous story about a Wall Street law clerk who takes passive resistance to a comic-and ultimately disastrous-extreme; and in “Benito Cereno,” his dazzling account of oppression and rebellion on a nineteenth-century slave ship. Completing this collection of great tales are the eerie “The Encantados,” the beautiful, romantic “The Piazza,” and Melville’s chilling science fiction parable, “The Bell-Tower.”
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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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