Sunday, February 3, 2013

Hope you are all having a nice Superbowl Sunday. A little birdy told me that today happens to be the wedding anniversary of the owners of Village Book Shop, Larry and Deborah. They’ve spent many wonderful years together and here’s to many more!

Some of the writers born on February 3rd include:

John Cheyne (1777), Horace Greeley (1811), Walter Bagehot (1826), Sidney Lanier (1842), Gertrude Stein (1874), Georg Trakl (1887), Lao She (1899), James Michener (1907), E.P. Thompson (1924), Keith Dunstan (1925), Joan Lowery Nixon (1927), Polde Bibič (1933), Paul Auster (1947), Henning Mankell (1948), Stephen Euin Cobb (1955), Kirsty Wark (1955), Sarah Kane (1971), Ilana Sod (1973), Becca Fitzpatrick (1979), Sarah Lewtinn (1980), and Sara Carbonero (1984).

The American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, was also born on this day in 1894.

The first paper money in America was issued on February 3, 1690 in the colony of Massachusetts.

Spain recognized the United States independence on this day in 1783, as part of the American Revolutionary War.

The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on February 3, 1870, guaranteeing voting rights to citizens regardless of race. Exactly 43 years after that, which was exactly 100 years ago today, the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.

On February 3, 1918, the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco, California began its service as the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet long.

New Zealand‘s worst natural disaster was the Hawke’s Bay earthquake on February 3, 1931. This earthquake killed 258 people.

Fifty-four years ago today became known as The Day the Music Died. A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson in 1959.

Operation Looking Glass began on this day in 1961 by the United States Air Forces. Over the next 30 years a “Doomsday Plane” was always in the air, with the capability of taking direct control of the United States’ bombers and missiles in the event of the destruction of the SAC’s (Strategic Air Command) command post.

On February 3, 1984, John Buster and the research team at HarborUCLA Medical Center announced history’s first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth.

In 1995 the Astronaut Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 got underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on February third.

green season

Today our highlighted title is The Green Season by Donna Hilbert. This edition 102 pages long and is an updated edition of a stunningly beautiful collection of poems, stories, and essays.  The joys and sorrows of transitioning into a new stage of life are explored here.  This is a must-read for fans of Donna Hilbert as well as for all fans of American poetry.

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Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia and Amazon.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.

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