Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Today is National Weatherperson‘s Day. Today we recognize individuals in fields of meteorology, weather forecasting and broadcast meteorology, as well as volunteer storm spotters and observers. It is observed on the birth of of John Jeffries, one of the United States’ first weather observers who took daily measurements from 1773 to 1816. Are you enjoying today’s weather?

Writers who were born on February 5th include:

Giovanni de` Bardi (1534), Esteban Manuel de Villegas (1589), Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné (1626), John Ludvig Runeberg (1804), Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848), Andrew Greeley (1928), Jörn Donner (1933), K.S. Nissar Ahmed (1936), Jane Bryant Quinn (1939), Stephen J. Cannell (1941), Daniel Balavoine (1952), Loretta Tofani (1953), David Wiesner (1956), and Kevin J. Maclean (1988).

The Croatian inventor Slavoljub Eduard Penkala passed away on this day in 1922 at the age of 50. He became renowned for further development of the mechanical pencil (1906)—then called an “automatic pencil”—and the first solid-ink fountain pen (1907). Collaborating with an entrepreneur by the name of Edmund Moster, he started the Penkala-Moster Company and built a pen-and-pencil factory that was one of the biggest in the world at the time. This company, now called TOZ-Penkala, still exists today. TOZ stands for “Tvornica olovaka Zagreb”, which means “Zagreb pencil factory”.

The English author, Brian Jacques, passed away two years ago today. He is best known for his Redwall series of novels and Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series. He also completed two collections of short stories entitled The Ribbajack & Other Curious Yarns and Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales.

Two hundred thirty-five years ago today South Carolina became the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation, formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitution.

On February 5, 1852, the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia opened to the public. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world.

One hundred and thirteen years go today the United States and the United Kingdom signed a treaty for the Panama Canal.

On this day in 1917, the Congress of the United States passed the Immigration Act of 1917, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast Asia.

United Artists was launched on February 5, 1919 by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith.

On February 5, 1924, the Royal Greenwich Observatory began broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time signal or the “BBC pips”.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed on the fifth of February in 1937 a plan to enlarge the Supreme Court of the United States.

Astronauts landed on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission 42 years ago today.

A year after the Apollo 14 mission, in 1972, the first African American was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. This man was Bob Douglass.

Five years ago today a major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States left fifty-seven people dead, which was the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that had killed 88.

lost in the barrens

Today we bring you “Lost in the Barrens” by Farley Mowat as our highlighted title of the day. We have new copies of a mass market paperback edition in stock for only $5.42.  This is one of those books that some teachers require their students to read. It is just over two hundred pages in length and has a reading level of ages twelve and up.  Amazon gives the following short description of the story:

Awasin and Jamie, brothers in courage, meet a challenge many mountain men could not endure.  When their canoe is destroyed by the fury of the rapids, they must face the wilderness with no food and no hope of rescue.  To survive, they build an igloo, battle a towering grizzly bear, track several wolves, slaughter caribou for food and clothing.  Two lost huskies they tame bring companionship–and maybe a way home from their dangerous adventure.
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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